AshtaVinayaka - MahaGanapati, Ranjangaon
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MahaGanapati Temple is the eightth Ganesha Temple to be visited during the Ashta Vinayaka yatra.his shrine is at Shirur taluka at Ranjangaon and 50 kms away from Pune.This temple is facing east. the temple bears a distinct resemblance to the architecture reminiscent of the 9th and 10th Centuries and faces the east.
This is made in such a way that the sun rays fall on the Idol face.Mahaganapati is portrayed, seated on a lotus, flanked by his consorts Siddhi and Ridhi. The temple dates back to the period of Peshwa Madhav Rao.The trunk is turned on left side.Shivshankar had killed here the demons Tripurasura and Grutsamadputra.
It is said that the original idol is hidden in the basement, having 10 trunks and 20 hands and is called Mahotkat, however, the temple authorities deny existence of any such idol.
Legend has it that a demon by name Tripurasura,caused suffering to all beings in the heaven and on earth.On hearing the pleas of the Gods, Shiva intervened but he realized that he could not defeat the demon. Later on listening to Narad Muni's advice, Shiva salutedGanesha and then shot a single arrow which destroyed the demon and Tripura citadels.
Shiva, the slayer of the Tripura citadels is enshrined at Bhimashankaram nearby. In South India,legend is commonly known as Ganesha broke the axle of Shiva's chariot since Shiva headed to battle the demon Tripurasura without saluting Ganesha
Upon realizing his act of negligence, Shiva saluted his son Ganesha, and then proceded to battle against the powerful demon and achieved the victory.