Shri Girijatmaja Temple - Lenyadri
This temple is located on the Lenyadri hills and one has to climb 283 steps to reach here. The entire temple is built out of stone. There is a beautiful hall in front of the temple and it is dominated by stone pillars. There is a carving of the God, which has become blurred.
There are no independent idols of the Lord here. Parvati is believed to have installed an idol in the cave where she was granted the boon by Ganesha. This cave is difficult to reach now.As it is usual for Indian rock-cut caves, the caves in the main group are numbered, in this site from the east to the west.
Hill contains four more rock-cut caves which seem to be older than the caves in the main group. One of these caves is small chaitya with entrance carved decoration - lotus, geometric patterns. Other caves also contain shrines.Lenyadri caves have preserved traces of ancient cave paintings and inscriptions
Lenyadri Temple, located on hill top, is approached after climbing 307 steps. Out of 18 Buddhist caves on mountain, Girijatmaj Vinayaks Temple is in the 8th cave. These caves are also known as Ganesh Gufa. The temple is built out of a single rock and is Dakshinabhimukh - facing south. The Sabhamandap (temple hall) has 18 Overees (small rooms for meditation) within it.
The idol of Girijatmaj Ganesh is in one of the rooms. Lord Ganesh's image is a fresco carved out into a rock, with his head turned to the left. Devotees can enter the Garbhagriha and offer their worship. A river flowing nearby adds beauty to the temple. All the 30 Lenyadri Caves including the Girijatmaj Vinayak Temple is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India.
How To Reach :-
Lenyadri is about 94 km from Pune, on Pune - Nasik Highway and Junnar is the nearby town, which is 5 km from Lenyadri. State transport buses ply to Junnar from Pune and from Mumbai. From Junnar, rickshaws, jeeps and buses are available to Lenyadri. Palanquins are available for the devotees to reach the temple on hill top.
Pune Railway Station and Talegaon Railway Station are the nearest railway stations to reach Lenyadri Ashta Vinayak Temple.Pune Lohegaon Airport is the nearest airport to reach Girijatmaj Ashta Vinayak Temple.
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