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Shri Ballaleshwar Ashtavinayak, Durshet
The Ballaleshwar Temple was built in 1760 AD, almost 250 years back in dedication to the Brahmin devotee Ballaleshwara’s name. Durshet is interestingly the only place where an Ashtavinayak Temple – the Ballalleshwar Temple - is named after its devotee.
The temple houses two lakes. The entire shrine is divided into a bigger and a smaller sanctum. The latter one has Ganpati’s trusted vehicle, the rat, holding a Modak and bowing in Vinayak’s direction. The entire shrine is built with beautiful pillars.
The idol, meanwhile, is clothed in the form of a Brahmin. It is seated on a throne made of stone with shining diamonds for eyes and his naval.