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Mayureshwar Ganesha Ashtavinayaka
Painting - Acrylic And Ink On Paper
Not only India, but Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Iran, Turkey, Nepal, Bangla Desh, Java, Bali, Borneo, China, Japan, Mexico, Tibet, Burma and several other countries have shrines of Ganesha consecrated during the sea-faring golden age of Hindu travellers and traders and during the great empires of Hindu kings of India.Though Ganesha is worshipped in all states of India as the deity of auspiciousness, in the verdant west-coastal state of Maharashtra, He occupies pride of place among all deities for very special reasons. Among the many temples built to honour Ganesha or Ganpati in Maharashtra, eight – all of them in the environs of Pune and Nashik – became famous as Ashtavinayakas (eight Ganeshas) because the idols in these were Swayambhu – or self-created or fashioned by nature without any work done by a sculptor or human hands. the devotees of Ganesha or Ganpati visit the Ashtavinayakas (eight temples of Ganesha in Maharashtra State) throughout the year to see the pristine temples and to perform one of the holiest pilgrimages which bestows great benedictions upon the worshippers. The eight temples, each with specific myths attached to it, are: (1) Shri Mayureshwar in Moregaon, (2) Shri Siddhivinayak in Siddhatek, (3) Shri Balleshwar in Pali, (4) Shri Varadvinayak in Mahad, (5) Shri Chintamani in Theur, (6) Shri Girijatmaj in Lenyadri, (7) Shri Vighneshwar in Ozar, and (8) Shri Mahaganapati in Ranjangaon. This one is the first Ganesha from Ashtavinayaks ( eight Ganeshas).
February 15th, 2013
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