Ashtavinayak Temple :Girijadmaj, Lenyadri
Shri Girijadmaj, Lenyadri :
Girijatmaj Vinayak Temple of Lenyadri, one of the Ashtavinayak Temples of Maharashtra, is the sixth Lord Ganesh Temple to be visited on the Ashta Vinayaka Mandir Pilgrimage. Located at Lekhan Hills, Girijatmaj Ashta Vinayaka Temple is the only temple of the Ashtavinayaka which is on a mountain and is built in the locale of Buddhist Cave Temples. Lenyadri is situated on the North-west bank of river Kukadi. Here, Lord Ganesh is worshipped as Girijatmaja. The Lord is believed to be his manifestation as an infant. Girija is another name for Goddess Parvati and Atamaj means ‘Son’. This place is referred as Jirnapur or Lekhan Parbat in Ganesh Puran.
Girijadmaj, Lenyadri: History/Legend
Goddess Parvati went through severe penance in the cave at the Lenyadri mountain to become the mother of Lord Ganesh. Pleased by her penance Gajanan blessed her and promised that he would take birth as her son.
On the Chaturthi, fourth day of Bhadrapad Shuddh she created a idol from the dirt wiped from her body. In this idol entered Gajanan. He stood before as her a little boy, who had six arms and three eyes. This boy was called Ganesh, the one who has conquered all the senses.
It is believed that Ganesh resided in Lenyadri for fifteen years
Girijadmaj, Lenyadri: How to reach:
By Bus / Road
Lenyadri is about 94 km from Pune, on Pune - Nasik Highway and Junnar is the
nearby town, which is 5 km from Lenyadri. State transport buses ply to Junnar
from Pune and from Mumbai. From Junnar, rickshaws, jeeps and buses are available
to Lenyadri. Palanquins are available for the devotees to reach the temple on
By Train / Railway Station
Pune Railway Station and Talegaon Railway Station are the nearest railway
stations to reach Lenyadri Ashta Vinayak Temple.
By Flight / Air
Pune Lohegaon Airport is the nearest airport to reach Girijatmaj Ashta Vinayak
Girijadmaj, Lenyadri:Contact Details