Ashtavinayak Temples : Vigneshwar, Ozhar
Shree Vigneshwar, Ozhar
The Vigneshwara Temple or Vighnahar Ganapati Temple of Ozar (also spelt as Ojhar
or Ojzar) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of
wisdom. The temple is one of the Ashtavinayaka, the eight revered shrines of
Ganeshain Maharashtra, India. The Ganesha form worshipped here is called
Vigneshwara (spelt also as Vigneshvar(a), Vigneshwar : "Lord of obstacles") or
Vignahar (spelt also as Vignahara, "Remover of obstacles") and is associated
with the legend of Ganesha defeating Vignasura, the demon of obstacles..
Vigneshwar, Ozhar: History/Legend
Legend says that Lord Brahma, with the blessings of Lord Ganesh, was busy in
creating the world. While this was going on, Lord Vishnu felt asleep and the two
demons, Madhu and Kaitabh, emerged from Vishnu’s ears. They started troubling
all gods, goddesses and sages. On realizing that only Lord Vishnu could kill the
demons, Brahma and other gods requested him to kill them. Though Lord Vishnu
fought for about 5000 years, he failed in defeating the demons. On the advice of
Lord Shiva, Vishnu worshipped Lord Ganesh. Vishnu was then successful in killing
the demons with the blessings of Lord Ganesha. Hence, the place where Vishnu
performed penance and gained Siddhi, is known as Siddhatek and Lord Ganesh, who
conferred Siddhis, is known as Siddhivinayaka.The King of Hemavati, Shri
Abhinandana once performed a great sacrifice . Indra thought that this sacrifice
if completed would deprive him of his post. Hence , he ordered Kala (time) to
create obstacles in the sacrifice & then destroy it. The fierce looking kala not
only destroyed that sacrifice but also other sacrifices & created obstacles for
sages & others. Hence people called him Vighna. Slowly all vedic rites were
reduced & dharma disappeared from earth. Then all Gods worshipped Gajanana &
requested him to save the world from Vighneshwar. Then Ganpati took his Avatar
as the son of Sage parshva & his wife Deepavatsala. Gods headed by Lord Shiva
came to Parshva & requested him to relieve Ganpati for having a war with
vighnasura. Sage Parshva was reluctant but Ganpati convinced him & with his
permission proceeded to the Asura's abode. He sent his Ankush (Hook) which
caught hold of vighnasura & brought him before Gods. But the Asura assumed many
forms like cyclones , flood, fire, etc. Vinayaka destroyed all such mayas
(illusions). Finally when he found that his power & tactics will not succeed ,
Vighnasura fell at the feet of Ganpati & asked for refuge . He requested that
Ganpati should take his name along with his own. Vinayaka accepted his request &
hence is called as Vighneshwara or Vighnaraj.
Vigneshwar, Ozhar: How to reach:
Ozar is in the Junner Taluka in Pune District. Pune-Ozar distance is 85 km.On
the Pune- Nasik Road on passing through Chakan, Rajgurunagar, Manchar, one comes
to the towns Narayangaon and later to Junnar. Ozhar is 8km from both Naryangaon
and Junnar. One can take either auto rickshaws or jeeps from here to reach Ozhar
Bus service is not available in this route.
Pune and Talegaon are the two closest Railway Stations
From the Shivaji Nagar Bus Depot in Pune and from
the Bus Depot at Talegaon one can get State Transport buses to Junnar.
State Transport buses also ply between Mumbai and
Private buses and vehicles reach directly upto
the temple because of the bridge on the Kukadi River.
The distance from Mumbai-Thane,
Kalyan-Bapsai-Sarlgaon-Otur-Lenyadri-Ozar is 182 kms.
Pune Lohegaon Airport, around 10 km from Pune, is the nearest airport.
Vigneshwar, Ozhar:Contact Details