Ozarcha Shri Vigneshwara temple is one of the Astha (also spelt as Astha) Vinayak temples, located at Ozar about 100-km from Pune enroute to Nashik. It is a very famous temple, which is visited by large number of devotees.
According to the legend, a demon by name Vignaasura had
become a menace for the sages. He created obstacles for all the good deeds
performed by the sages and the other inhabitants of the world. The sages
pleaded help from Ganesha and the Lord responded to the call and set out
to end the demon.
The demon Vignaasura quickly realised his weakness surrendered to Ganesha, and agreed to stop his misdeeds and also requested Ganesha to take up the name Vigneshwar in connection with his surrender. It is also believed that the sages installed an image of Vigneshwara at Ozar on Ganesh Chaturti and offered worship.
It is one of the most beautiful temples of the Lord
Ganesha. When you enter the temple two guards are seen on two sides of the
gate. Inside the temple one can find the idol of Ganesha facing towards
east flanked by his consorts Siddhi and Riddhi.
The eyes of the idol are made up of precious gems and its forehead is decorated with diamonds and other jewels. The temple also has interesting features such as a spacious courtyard, a grand entrance, sculptural and mural work. The image of Ganesha is decorated with precious and semi precious stones.
Air: The nearest airport is at
Rail: The nearest railway station is Pune (100-km).
Road: Buses run by the Pune Municipal Corporation as well as the MTDC ply from Pune to Ozar. In fact, these buses are called - 'Ashtavinayaka darshan' buses.
Accommodation is available in the Dharamshalas and Hotels at Pune