SHREE MORESHWAR –
Nije Bhuswanandjadbharat Bhumya Paratare
Turiyostire Paramsukhdetva Nivasasi ||
Mayuraya Nath Stawamasich Mayuresh Bhagwan |
Ataswa sandhyaye Shivharini Brahmajanakam ||1||
O! Lord Mayureshwar of Morgaon, you stay on Sage Jadbharat’s
land, on the banks of river Karha which
is known as ‘Bhuswanand’
(means happiness on land). Shree Moreshwar, who is far
from three qualities, who is Swayambhu, who is without
any form , who resembles Omkar, who is always in forth
state of yoga & who rides on peacock may accept
Moragaon, situated on the banks of river
Karha comes in Baramati Taluka, in District
Pune. 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’.
SHREE MAYURESHWAR’S IDOL
The deity ‘Moreshwara’ inside
the sanctum is very attractive. It is in sitting
posture, facing east with the trunk turning left &
semeared with vermillion mixed in oil. In its
eyes & navel, diamonds are embedded. On its head
is the hood of Nagaraja. On left &
right are brass idols of Siddhi & Buddhi.
In front of the idol are the Mooshaka
(Rat) & Mayura (Peacock). On doing
Abhishek on ‘Moreshwar’all desires are fulfilled.
The original idol of Moreshwar was small
in size. As many layers of vermillion are applied on
it, it looks bigger. Sometimes after 100 & 125 years
this armour of vermillion casts off & original beautiful
idol inside this armour is seen again. It has
been heard that Mayureshwar’s armour had been
cast off in 1788 & 1822 A.D.
The original small idol wasa made up
of atoms of sand,iron & diamonds
& it is behind the present statue. It was consecrated
by God Brahma reconsecrated it twice.
After few years pandavas came there
for Pilgrimage. They enclosed the idol in tin sheet,
so that nobody can try to destroy it.
SHREE MAYURESHWAR’S TEMPLE
The Main temple facing towards north is
in the center of village & looks like a small fortess
The temple complex comprising of a dome,
surrounded by a 50 feet high enclosure & decked
with four Pillars in each corner, portrays from afar
an image of a mosque. while going toward the temple
a huge Deep-Mala (Stone pillar of Oil lamps) will be
seen at first. In front of this Deep-Mala, there is
one Nagarkhana (where kettledrums are kept). Near this
holding ‘Laddu’ in his front two legs. On
climbing the steps u will see a big ‘Nandi’
made up of black stone sitting in front of main gate
& facing towards Mayureshwar. But the question is,
how Nandi is present before Ganapati instead of Lord
Shiva? You will find answer to this question in this
‘Years ago, this Nandi was taken
on a cart for its consecration in front of a near by
Shivalaya. However, the cart caring Nandi broke in front
of Mayureshwar’s temple & Nandi- Maharaj sat
before Mayureshwar’s temple forever. People tried
their best to shift Nandi from this place but Nandi
did not move an inch. The artisan caring cart had omen
in the night. Nandi appeared in his dream & said,
“I want to stay before Mayureshwar only. Don’t
try to shift me elsewhere forcefully, I won’t
come.” People left with no other alternative droped
the idea of shifting Nandi to other place. Like this
Nandiji was consecrated before Mayureshwar.
The main temple is made up of Black stone.
The temple constructed during Bahamani regime was built
in typical Moghule style by Mr.Gole, a Hindu officer
in the court of Patshah.
The temple has four gates. In the eastern
gate is Lakshminarayana, giver of Dharma. In the southern
gate are Parvati & Shankar givers of Artha (desired
goals). Then comes western gate where Rati & Kama
resides. Lastly in the Northern gate reside, Mahivaraha
(Earth & Sun).
Thus all deities & all sages reside
in this temple. In the eight corners, there are eight
statutes of Ganapati called EKDANTA, MAHODARA, GAJANANA,
LAMBODAR, VIKATA, VIGHARAJA, DHUMRAVARNA & VAKRATUNDA.
In the temple complex there are trees
of Shami, Mandar & Tarati. The tree of Tarati is
also called as Kalpavruksha. Devotees meditate under
this tree & attain desired goals.
Before takin darshan of Mayureshwar, first
take darshan of ‘Nagnabhairava’ on the left
side of Mayureshwar & offer him naivaidya of coconut
Nobody is allowed to enter the Sanctum
& do the pooja of Moreshwar on his own. The Various
Virtuous deeds performed here are Abhishek Pooja, Sahastravartan,
Japa Yadnya, Mahadwar Yatra etc.