Vinayak is another name for Ganesh. Ganesh is the God who is
loved and worshiped by Hindus all over. Lord Ganesh is the protector of
his devotees. The word 'Astha' means eight, the eight important
'Ganapatis' are collectively termed the 'Ashtavinayaka'.
It is believed that the idols have self-appeared sculpted stone statues which have been housed in old temples at eight different places. The Ashta Vinayak temples are within the range of 20 to 110-km of each other. The following are the eight places where the eight temples are located Ozar, Theur, Pali, Mahad, Morgaon, Ranjangaon, Lenyadri, Siddhatek. Out of these eight places, Ozar, Theur, Morgaon, Ranjangaon and Lenyadri are in Pune district. Pali and Mahad are in Raigad district whereas Siddhatek falls under the Ahmednagar district.