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Lenyadri : Shree Girijatmajvinayak
Lenyadri is the only place among Astavinayaka places,which is situated on mountain and in the vicinity of the buddhist cavesLenyadri is situated on the North-west bank of river Kukadi. Girijaatmaja Vinayaka is enshrined on Lenyadri Parvat, and is believed to be a manifestation of Ganapati as an infant.
Mythological Story
With a desire of having Vinayak as her son, Parvati performed penance for 12 years in the caves of Lenyadri. Ganpati was pleased and gave her the boon she wanted . On one Bhadrapada Shudh Chaturthi, Parvati scrapped the scraf from her body, mixed it with oil and ointment and formed an idol of Ganesh. She was performing pooja of that idol, suddenly the idol became alive and told Parvati that as desired by her he has taken Avatar in her house. On 11th day he was named Ganesh meaning a person who keeps three qualities Satva, Raja and Tama under control. Lord Shiv Shankar gave him boon that whosoever remembers Ganesh before starting a work, will successfully complete the work. Ganesh grew up for 15 years at Lenyadri. Demon king Sindhu who knew that his death is in the hands of Ganesh, sent demons like Krur, Balasur, Vyomasur, Kshemma, Kushal etc. to kill Ganesh on Lenyadri. Instead Ganesh killed all these demons in his childhood. Ganpati also performed many Balleelas in this place. Hence Lenyadri is considered holy place . At the age of six, Vishwakarma worshipped Ganesh and endowes him with Paasa (noose), Parasu (axe), Ankush (hook) and Kamal (Lotus). Parvati's second name is Girija, her Aatmaj means son Ganesh is therefore called as Girijatmaj.
About Idol
Girijatmaja's idol faces east. Parvati consecrated Ganesh idol in the cave where in she had performed penances.Idol here is not a separate and distinct one. It has been carved on a stone wall of the cave. Previously idol was covered with armour. Now, since the armour is fallen Girijatmaj's idol with neck turned to left side can be seen. As such only one eye of the idol can be seen. In this small sanctum anybody can perform Girijatmaj's pooja on its own.
About Temple
Out of 18 Buddhist caves on mountain, Girijatmaj Vinayak's temple is in the eighth cave. These caves are also called as Ganesh caves.The entire temple is carved out of single stone and is facing south. In front of the main mandir, there is huge Sabhamandap (Hall) which is nearly 53 feet long and 51 feet broad and to your surprise there is not a single pillar in this Sabhamandap. It has 18 small apartments for meditation. Shree Girijatmaja's idol is placed in the middle apartment. Sabhamandap of main temple is only 7 feet high . It has six stone pillars with cow, elephant etc. carved on them.
Geographical Location
Lenyadri is situated on the North-West bank of river Kukadi. It's at a distance of only 94 kms from Pune. Near by a convenient railway station is Pune and Talegaon.Buses do also provide easy approach to the place.
Other Important Information
Though the caves on Lenyadri are under control of Archeological Dept. of India, administration of Ganesh temple is looked after by Temple trust. Temple trust has built Yatri-Niwas for lodging purpose of devotees. At a time arrangement of 300 devotees can be done. Postal correspondence can be made at following address for advance booking : Shree Lenyadri Ganpati Devasthan Trust Shree Shankar Tamhane (President) At post - Golegaon Tal- Junnar, Dist Pune, Pin - 410502 Tel : Lenyadri 02132 - 22350 Residence 02132 - 22760
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