Moreshwar / Mayuresh Temple Morgaon
About Moreshwar / Mayuresh Temple
This is the first Ganpati from Ashtvinayak Ganpati. The tour of Ashtvinayak Ganpati begins with this Ganpati. The temple, built from black-stone during the Bahamani reign, has four gates (It is supposed to have been built by one of the knights named Mr. Gole, from the court of Bidar's Sultan). The temple is situated in the centre of the village. The temple is covered from all sides by four minaretsand gives feeling of a mosque if seen from a distance. This was done to prevent attacks on the temple during Mughal periods. The temple has 50 feet tall wall around it.There is a Nandi (Shiva's bull mount) sitting in front of this temple entrance, which is unique, as Nandi is normally in front of only Shiva temples. However, the story says that this statue was being carried to some Shivamandir during which the vehicle carrying it broke down and the Nandi statue could not be removed from its current place.The murti of Lord Ganesha, riding a peacock, in the form of Mayureshwara is believed to have slain the demon Sindhu at this spot. The idol, with its trunk turned to the left, has a cobra (Nagaraja) poised over it protecting it. This form of Ganesha also has two other murtis of Siddhi (Capability) and Riddhi (Intelligence).However, this is not the original murti -which is said to have been consecrated twice by Brahma, once before and once after being destroyed by the asura Sindhurasur. The original murti, smaller in size and made of atoms of sand, iron, and diamonds, was supposedly enclosed in a copper sheet by the Pandavas and placed behind the one that is currently worshiped.
The temple is situated at a distance of 55 km from Pune, next to the river Karha in the village of Moregaon. The village derives its name from the Marathi name of the bird Peacock - there used to be a lot of peacocks in this village in the ancient time.
- Air- nearest airport is pune.
- Rail- nearest station is pune. Pune is connected to major railway stations.
- Road- Buses and private cars, govt. transport, pune is connected by road to all major cities.
- Hotel surya villa.
- Ambience hotel.
- Hotel span executive.
- Gandharv residency.
- New leaf.
- Karha River :-
It is very beautiful place. It is said that when Lord Brahma brought auspicious waters from all the pilgrimages they split and formed the Karha River. It is a very auspicious and devotional river. Seven spots in the river are known to purify you from all your sins.
Jadbharat is yet another place of religious importance here. Located towards North of the Karha River, this place has five lings on a rock.
This place is about half a kilometer away towards the east of Morgaon. It is believed that Nagnabhiarav is the Kshetrapal / caretaker of this region.
Also another near by places:
- Sinhgad Fort
- Purendar Fort
- Prati Balaji, Ketkavale