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Pilgrimages of Maharashtra - Pune district

Jejuri:

Jejuri Khandoba Jejuri Khandoba Temple - Famous pilgrimage of Khandoba: Jejuri is associated with the legend of Khandoba. According to this legend when demons Madhu and Kaitabha were killed by Lord Vishnu, two more demons rose from them known as Mani and Malla. By performing penance and pleasing Lord Shiva they became invincible and could be killed by Lord Shiva only. The demons began to harass the rishis. Sage Narada advised them to seek refuge on the Dhavalagiri hills (near present Jejuri hills). The rishis took shelter there and asked refuge from Indra deva. Indra deva directed them to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu in turn directed them to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva assumed a terrific form of Rudra known as Martand Bhairav and attacked the demons with a huge army with Skanda as the leader. The demons were finally killed after a terrific battle but before death they asked for the boon that their names be associated with God there.

- Jejuri is located in the Pune district of Maharashtra.


Sri Mayureshwara or Moreshwara of Morgaon:

Sri Mayureshwara or Moreshwara of Morgaon Sri Mayureshwara or Moreshwara temple of Morgaon Puranic Event:
Sri Ganesha killed demon Sindhu riding on a Mayura (Peacock). On the request of the devas, Sri Ganesha permanently stayed there as Sri Mayureshwara or Sri Moreshwara.
(from Ganesha Purana & Mudgala Purana)


Pilgrimage:
The Mayureshwara or Sri Moreshwara temple is located in Morgaon in the Pune district of Maharashtra. The temple is situated on the bank of river Kartha. This temple is the starting and ending point of Ashtavinayaka temple pilgrimage.

Sri Chintamani Vinayaka of Theur or Thevur:

Sri Chintamani Vinayaka of Theur or Thevur Sri Chintamani Vinayaka temple of Theur or Thevur Puranic Event:
Sri Ganesha killed Gana in a battle and gave back the Chintamani jewel to sage Kapila, when the sage meditated on Him to get back the jewel. The Chintamani jewel was taken away by Gana from sage Kapila by force. Sri Ganesha permanently stayed in that place (where the battle took place) as Sri Chintamani Vinayaka.
(from Ganesha Purana & Mudgala Purana)


Pilgrimage:
The Chintamani Vinayaka temple is located in Theur or Thevur in the Pune district of Maharashtra. The temple is situated on the confluence of rivers Mula, Matha and Bhima.

Sri Girijatmaja of Lenyadri:

Sri Girijatmaja of Lenyadri Sri Girijatmaja temple of Lenyadri Puranic Event:
Sri Ganesha granted the boon to Devi Parvati to be born as her son, when Devi Parvati worshipped Him to get Him as her son. Sri Ganesha permanently stayed in that place (of His birth as son of Devi Parvati) as Girijatmaja.
(from Ganesha Purana & Mudgala Purana)


Pilgrimage:
The Girijatmaja temple is located in Lenyadri in the Pune district of Maharashtra. Lenyadri is a series of rock-cut caves near Junnar in Pune district. Cave 7 is the temple of Vinayaka.

Sri Vigneshwara of Ozar or Ojhar:

Sri Vigneshwara of Ozar or Ojhar Sri Vigneshwara temple of Ozar or Ojhar Puranic Event:
Sri Ganesha defeated demon Vignashura and checked his atrocities. Sri Ganesha permanently stayed in that place (of battle) as Sri Vighneshwara.
(from Ganesha Purana & Mudgala Purana)


Pilgrimage:
The Vigneshwara temple is located in Ozar or Ojhar in the Pune district of Maharashtra.

Sri Mahaganapati of Ranjangaon:

Sri Mahaganapati of Ranjangaon Sri Mahaganapati temple of Ranjangaon Puranic Event:
Sri Ganesha blessed Lord Shiva to be successful in the battle against demon Tripura, when Lord Shiva meditated on Him before waging war against demon Tripura. Sri Ganesha permanently stayed in that place (where Lord Shiva meditated) as Sri Mahaganapati.
(from Ganesha Purana & Mudgala Purana)


Pilgrimage:
The Mahaganapati temple is located in Ranjangaon in the Pune district of Maharashtra.

Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga:

Sri Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, Pune district, Maharashtra Sri Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, Pune district, Maharashtra Puranic Event:
The Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is situated in Kamarupa. Lord Shiva saved his devotee, the king of Kamarupa from the demon Bhima. Bhima intent on overthrowing dharma imprisoned the king. The king continued to worship Lord Shiva in the prison. When Bhima tried to kill him with a weapon, Lord Shiva appeared there and killed demon Bhima and his army in a battle. (Note that Shiva Purana states Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga to be in Kamrupa)
(from Shiva Purana, Koti-Rudra Samhita - Ch 20)


Pilgrimage:
The Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is identified with the Bhimashankar temple in the Pune district of Maharashtra in Sahyadri hills (about 125 km from Pune city). This is the place from where river Bhima originates.

For more details refer to Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga from Shiva Purana.




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