The shrine of Morgaon Ganesha is known as Shri Mayureshwar or Shri Moreshwar Mandir. The temple is located in Morgaon which is about 80 km away from Pune city. The shrine is considered as the beginning point and end point of a pilgrimage to the eight worshipped Ganesha shrines called Ashtavinayaka.
Morgaon is consider as the principal centre of worship for those who belong to the Ganapatya sect, which considers Lord Ganesha as the Supreme Being. One cannot ascertain the exact date of when the temple was constructed although Morya Gosavi, the saint from Ganapatya sect, is closely associated with the shrine. The shrine flourished under the patronage of the Peshwa rulers and the descendants of
According to the Ganesha Purana, Lord Ganesha is said to have incarnated as Mayureshwar with six arms, fair in complexion and took the peacock as his mount to kill a demon named Sindhu. The demon had received a boon from the Sun God of Amruth on a condition that he would be able to drink from the bowl as long as it remains intact. Hence to protect the bowl, the demon swallowed it and began to terrorise the three worlds after which the Gods approached Ganesha for help.
Ganesha successfully defeated Sindhu's army by cutting his general Kamalasura into three pieces and after which he cut open Sindhu's body and the retrieved the bowl. Brahma is believed to have constructed the shrine here and gave Siddhi and Buddhi in marriage to Ganesha.
After the completion of the purpose of his incarnation, Ganesha returned back to Kailash and gave his peacock mount to his younger sibling Muruga, to whom the peacock mount is generally associated. As Ganesha rode a peacock, he was given the name of Mayureshwar or Moreshwar.
The Four Entrance Gates
The temple has four entrance gates, each facing a cardinal direction along with an image of Ganesha on it. Each gate depicts the Lord in the form in which he appeared in each of the four yugas and each of the forms which are associated with the aim of life namely, Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
The eastern gate is associated with Dharma which is righteousness, duty and ethics. The Ganesha atop this gate is known as Ballalvinayaka. The western gate represents Kama which is desire, love, etc. and the Ganesha here is named as Cintamani.
The northern gate represents Moksha which is salvation and the Ganesha atop here is called Mahaganapati. The southern gate represents Artha which is wealth and fame, the Ganesha idol installed here is named as Vignesha.
The Major Festivals
Ganesha Chaturthi and Ganesha Jayanthi are two major festivals celebrated here. On both the festivals, the Lord is taken out on procession in a palanquin. The Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations continue for more than a month with devotees coming in large numbers to offer their prayers to Lord Ganesha.