AshtaVinayaka - Ballaleshwar, Pali

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Shri. Ballaleshwar, Pali is third Ganesh of "Ashtavinayak".This Ganapati Shrine is in Raigad District,30 kms.away from Karjat and 110 kms from Pune,in Maharashtra,India.Ballal Vinayak is associated with the legend of young boy,Ballal and his devotion to Ganapati.

The Idol is 3 ft. tall and facing East.The Idol has Diamonds in eyes and naval.Riddhi-Siddhi standing on either sides.There is a silver backdrop.The Mouse stands with a Moadak and facing atthe God's statue.In front of the temple there are two lakes . In the innermost part of the temple, there is a three-feet Ganesh idol.

There is a huge bell made out of five metals.There are steps dug in stone on way to north side. At about half a kilometer you will see a fort door having two bastions.But way from the south is more popular. There are 96 steps carved in stone. From top of the fort which is 1300 feet high, Ameba river, Sudhagad, Karnala, Manikgad, Badrutin fort in Konkan and Korigad, Ghangad, Telbaillya, Nagfani forts in ghat region can be seen. Tourist can see hot water Kundas near Pali, temple.

AshtaVinayaka - Ballaleshwar, Pali Temple

The temple The original wooden temple was renovated in 1760 to make way for a new stone temple designed by Shri Fadnis. This stone is shaped in the form of the letter 'shree'; it was made by mixing lead with the cement during construction. The east-facing temple was carefully positioned so that during Dakshinayan at sun-rise, the rays of the sun falls directly on the Vinayaka.

The temple contains a bell that was brought back by Chimaji Appa after his defeat of the Portuguesein Vasai and Sasthi The temple complex encircles two lakes and is tiled throughout. There are two SanctumsGribhagriha in the temple, an Inner and Outer Sanctum.

The Inner Sanctum is 15 feet (4.6 m) high, while the Outer Sanctum is only 12 feet (3.7 m) high. The Outer Sanctum contains an murthi in the shape of a rat which holds Modak in its hands while facing Ganesh. The main hall of the temple is 40 feet (12 m) long and 20 feet (6.1 m) broad. It contains 8 pillars which resemble the cyprus throne tree.The murti The murti of Vinayaka, sits on a stone throne.

It faces east and with its trunk turned left, sitting against a background of which displays Riddhi and Siddhi waving > chamarasThe idol's eyes and contain diamonds Legend This is a story In the village of Paliof a businessman called Kalyan & his wife Indumati.

They had a son named "Ballal" who was a staunch devotee of Ganpati. Ballal used to worship,small stones being treated as Gods along with other children.Once the children saw a big stone outside the village. At the insistence of Ballal, the children treated the stone as Ganpati & started worshipping it day and night and forgot their hunger and thurst.

Their parents were worried for the children since they did not come homeThey all went to Kalyan's and complained about Ballal. Kalyan seth become furious and went in search of children. He saw children listening Ganesh purana outside the village In anger he broke the small temples built by the children Ballal who was submerged in meditation was caught by his father and beaten up badly.

His father tied him to a tree and smashed all pooja materials collected by the children. He threw away the big stone which wastreated as Ganpati,by the children. Ballal continued his meditation

Lord Ganpati was moved byBallal's devotion and appeared in the form of a Brahmin before him and gave him a miraculous touch. Ballal's thirst hunger vanished, wounds were healed & he felt a new vigour moving in his body.

He prostrated before the Brahmin whom he recognised as Gajanan & worshipped him. Ganpati told Ballal to ask for a boon. Ballal said ,"You must stay at this place and remove the miseries of the people coming to you." Ganesha agreed and said, "I will take your name before mine and be called as Ballal Vinayak."

Then he embraced Ballal & vanished into the nearby stoneThat stone statue is called Ballaleshwar. The stone idol which Kalyanseth threw away is called as Dhundi Vinayak. This is a swayambhoo Moorti. He is worshipped before Ballaleshwar is worshipped.It is possible to go to Pali from Nagothane on Mumbai -Goa highway Nagothane - Pali is 13 k.m. By Rail: Nearest railway stations are Panvel, Khopoli By Air: Mumbai is nearest airport.