Things that will amaze you about Ashtavinayak Darshan

Many devotees from all over the world visit these shrines of Lord Ganesha situated in and around Pune and Raigad of the state.
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Planning to go on a spiritual tour in Maharashtra with your family and friends? Then what better than going for Ashtavinayak yatra, which is quite one of the famous pilgrims of Maharashtra that one should surely go once in their lifetime. So what does Ashtavinayak darshan mean? It means the spiritual visit to eight temples of Lord Ganesha situated in the state of Maharashtra. Many devotees from all over the world visit these shrines of Lord Ganesha situated in and around Pune and Raigad of the state.

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Even if you book a travel company, you will get budget-friendly packages for Ashtavinayak temples that will help you give a proper tour covering all the eight different idols of Lord Ganesha. For your information, the Ashtavinayak darshan includes Moreshwar, Mahaganpati, Chintamani, Girjatmaj, Siddhivinayak, Vigneshwar, Ballaleshwar, and Varad Vinayak.

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It is essential that the Ashtavinayak yatra is carried out at least once by you and your family because it holds religious importance in the Hindu religion. Some of the temples included in the Ashtavinayak yatra have also gone under renovation while some temples were repaired quite earlier during the Madhavrao Peshwa times.

You will be surprised to know that these temples have Ganpati shrines as Swayambhu, which means they are self-existent and are still in the same condition since they were found. Devotees note that each of these Ashtavinayak idols is an incarnation of Lord Ganesha. There are many travel companies that start the yatra from Mumbai and the first stop is usually made at Moreshwar temple located in Moregaon. Post this, the journey is done to Siddhivinayak, Balladeshwar, Varadvinayak, Chintamani, Girjitami, Vighneshwar, and Mahaganpati shrines located in different places in Pune and Raigad districts.

These eight temples can be visited nicely along with break journeys to rest and have local foods by the travel companies in a span of two to three days. You will be astonished to know that the beautiful bhajan of Lord Ganesha, which is Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta Vignachi that has been written by a Ram devotee Saint Samarth Ramdas was after he prayed to Mayureshwara located in the Moregaon Ganesha Temple. It has been advised that devotees once start their Ashtavinayak darshan, should complete visiting all the 8 shrines and then only return to their homes. 

The journey is almost 654 km long and includes sight-seeing opportunities of mountains, caves, and different riverbanks along the way. The travel cost via bus will come to around Rs. 5000 to Rs. 6000 but if you want to go by a car ride that is customized only for you and your family then you may have to increase your budget from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000/- While going on a group tour in a bus, one can even find people listening to and chanting Ganesha bhajans to make the trip more memorable and divine. If going from Mumbai, one may have to start the journey in the early morning at 4 am (depending on their locality) so that they can complete seeing all the 8 shrines of Ganesha in a span of 2 to 3 days.