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Pilgrimages and Temples of Maharashtra


1. Pilgrimages and Temples by Deities:

  1. Ganesha: Morgaon - Mayureshwar Temple (Pune district): An Ashta Vinayaka Temple (AV-1)
    - Where Sri Ganesha killed demon Sindhu riding on a Mayura (Peacock).
  2. Ganesha: Siddhatek - Siddhi Vinayak Temple (Ahmednagar district): An Ashta Vinayaka Temple (AV-2)
    - Where Sri Ganesha blessed Lord Vishnu to be successful in the battle against demons Madhu and Kaitabha.
  3. Ganesha: Pali - Ballaleshwar Temple (Raigad district): An Ashta Vinayaka Temple (AV-3)
    - Where Sri Ganesha saved His boy-devotee Ballala when he was severely beaten up by his father for being engrossed in His worship.
  4. Ganesha: Mahad - Varad Vinayak Temple (Raigad district): An Ashta Vinayaka Temple (AV-4)
    - Where Sri Ganesha blessed sage Grutsamad when the sage meditated on Him and underwent a long penance.
  5. Ganesha: Theur - Chintamani Vinayak Temple (Pune district): An Ashta Vinayaka Temple (AV-5)
    - Where Sri Ganesha killed Gana in a battle and returned the Chintamani jewel to sage Kapila.
  6. Ganesha: Lenyadri - Girijatmak Temple (Pune district): An Ashta Vinayaka Temple (AV-6)
    - Where Sri Ganesha granted the boon to Devi Parvati to be born as her son.
  7. Ganesha: Ozar - Vigneshwar Temple (Pune district): An Ashta Vinayaka Temple (AV-7)
    - Where Sri Ganesha defeated demon Vignashura and checked his atrocities.
  8. Ganesha: Ranjangaon - Mahaganapati Temple (Pune district): An Ashta Vinayaka Temple (AV-8)
    - Where Sri Ganesha blessed Lord Shiva to be successful in the battle against demon Tripura.
  1. Rama: Nashik - Panchavati (Nashik district): Ancient Panchavati.
    - Where Sri Rama stayed during forest exile. (Valmiki Ramayana)
  1. Krishna: Pandharpur - Panduranga Temple (Solapur district)
    - Devotee Pundalik got the darshan of Sri Panduranga standing on a brick.
  1. Shiva: Bhimashankar Temple (Pune district): A Jyotirlinga [Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga] (JL-6)
    - Where Lord Shiva protected devotee Sudakshina from the atrocities of demon Bhima. (Shiva Purana)
  2. Shiva: Tryambakeshwar Temple (Nashik district): A Jyotirlinga [Tryambakeshwara Jyotirlinga] (JL-8)
    - Where Lord Shiva relieved sage Gautama from the false accusation of brahmanas and released river Ganga (Gautami Ganga or Godavari) from his matted hairs. (Shiva Purana)
  3. Shiva: Parli - Vaijnath Temple (Beed district): A Jyotirlinga [Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga] (JL-9)
    - Where the Shiva Linga given by Lord Shiva to Ravana got fixed while carrying to Lanka. (Shiva Purana)
  4. Shiva: Aundha Nagnath Temple (Hingoli district): A Jyotirlinga [Nageshwara Jyotirlinga] (JL-10)
    - Where Lord Shiva protected devotee Supriya from the atrocities of demon Daruka. (Shiva Purana)
  5. Shiva: Grishneshwar Temple (Aurangabad district): A Jyotirlinga [Grishneshwara Jyotirlinga] (JL-12)
    - Where Lord Shiva revived the son of devotee Ghushma who was killed by his step-mother. (Shiva Purana)
  6. Khandoba: Jejuri - Khandoba Temple (Pune district)
    - Sri Khandoba vanquished demons Mani and Malla.
  1. Parvati: Kolhapur - Devi Mahalakshmi Temple (Kolhapur district): A Shakti Peetha [Karavira Shakti Peetha] (SP-2)
    - Where the Trinetra (Three Eyes) of Devi had fallen. (Peetha Nirnaya Tantra)
  2. Parvati: Vani - Devi Saptashrungi Temple (Nashik district): A Shakti Peetha [Janasthana Shakti Peetha] (SP-40)
    - Where the Civuka (Chin) of Devi had fallen. (Peetha Nirnaya Tantra)
  3. Parvati: Tuljapur - Devi Tulja Bhavani Temple (Osmanabad district)
    - Anubhuti got the darshan of Devi Tulja Bhavani.
  1. Others: Nashik (Nashik district): A Place of Kumbha Mela


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