Vigneshwara Temple

Vigneshwara Temple, Ozar Overview

Vigneshwara temple built in honor of Lord Ganesha is the main attraction of Ozar. The temple is one of the Ashtavinayaka, the eight revered shrines of Ganesha in Maharashtra.

According to legends, a demon names Vighnasura was known to causes hindrances in good deeds, in order to stop him Lord Ganesha fought him. The demon surrendered in the end requesting Ganesha to take the name of Vigneshwara - the destroyer of demon. The temple was built to mark this day. The Ganesh idol here is accompanied by idols of his wives - Riddhi and Siddhi.

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History of Vigneshwara Temple

The mythological story behind this temple is a tale of wars and warriors that are carved on the stones of this shrine. According to the legend, Abhinandan, the king of Hemavat Nagar wanted to rule Indra’s kingdom. When Lord Indra heard about him performing the yagya to secure the Indra-pad, he gave birth to a demon named Vighnasur to destroy his ceremony. Not only the demon destroy the ceremony but also the existence of all religious vedics from earth. During all this, Lord Ganesha took the incarnation to fought the demon and made him a prisoner. He pledged his life and swore never to commit any cruelty. He also requested Ganesha to call him by the name of Vighneshwar. Thus, on Bhadrapad Shuddha Chaturthi an idol of Lord Ganesha was placed in Ozar by all gods to tribute to justice over demonisation.

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