MORESHWAR (at Morgaon)

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        The Moreshwar temple at Morgaon is the First Ganesha temple to be visited during the Asthavinayak Darshan tour. The Moreshwar idol is believed to be"Swayambhu" as was found or not sculpted by human hands. Moreshwar is also known as Mayureshwar. It is said that shape of this place is like a peacock & once upon a time there were so many peacocks in the Morgaon, as such it is called as 'Morgaon'.

         Moreshwar or Mayureshwar is three eyed and sitting position in the temple has diamonds embedded in the navel and eyes, with a hood of Nagaraja on its head. The statues of Siddhi and Buddhi are placed on both the sides of Shree Moreshwar

         The 'Nagnabhairava' on the left side of the main deity is take darshan first and offered with coconut and jaggery before worshipping Moreshwar or Mayureshwar Vinayaka.

        The temple was built in 14th century by Moraya Gosavi.The Main temple facing towards north is in the center of Moregaon village & looks like a small fortess or Chateu.The temple constructed during Bahamani regime was built in typical Moghule style. The temple complex comprising of a dome, surrounded by a 50 feet high enclosure and decorated with four Pillars in each corner and exposes an image of a Mosque when seen from a distance. A big 'Nandi' (Lord Shiva's bull mount), made up of black stone, is sitting in front of main gate and facing towards Moreshwar. The temple has four gates, each facing a cardinal direction and with an image of Ganesha, each gate depicting him in the form that he appeared in each of the four ages.

        The main entrance of the temple faces north. The quadrangular courtyard has two Deepmalas - lamp towers with two light lamps. A sculpted 6 foot mouse - the vahana(mount) of Ganesha sits in front of the temple. The image of Ballalvinayaka at the eastern gate, accompanied by god RAM and SITA. There are a number of trees in the temple complex including Shami, Mandar and Tarati. The tree of Tarati is also called as Kalpavruksha. Devotees meditate under this tree & attain desired goals.

Daily Schedule in Moreshwar or Mayureshwar Temple at Morgaon

1.Morgaon Temple opens daily from 5 AM to 10 PM.

2.Prakshal Puja is the first pooja of the day at 5 AM including the jala abhishek and flower offerings.

3.Shodoshpchar Puja is conducted twice a day at 7 AM and 12 PM. Ganpati Atharvashirsha is recited these times.

4.Panchopchar Puja is performed at 8 PM.

5.The temple closes after the Shejarti at 10 p.m.

Festivals in Moreshwar or Mayureshwar Temple at Morgaon

The Ganesha Chaturthi other major festivals observed are Bhadrapad Shuddh Chaturthi and Magh Shuddh Chaturthi.Vijaya Dashami is also celebrated with much importance. On the night of Vijayadashmi the idol of Moreshwar is taken in procession around the village. On Magh Shuddh Panchami day, Anna santarpana is observed. During this time, food is collected from every house of the village and the food offering is prepared. This is distributed among all the devotees.

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1.Distance between Pune - Morgaon 64 kms. 1.Pune, which is 64 km away from Morgaon. Pune Map