SHREE VIGHNESHWAR VINAYAK
Bhaktanugrahe Gajmukho Vigheshwaro
Nana Murti Dharopi Naijamahima Khanda Sadatma Prabhu
Sweccha Vighnahar Sadasukhkar Sidha Kallo Swayepum
Kshetre Chozarke Namostu Satatam Tasme Parabrahamne
Let my mind be concentrated to the God, who is elephant
headed. benignant & remover of obstacle. He has
defeated demon Vighnasur. He himself is Brahma. his
greatness is undisturbed in his different forms. He
is greatest artist, He gives happiness to his devotees,
who abodes at Ozar.
Girijatmaj’s temple is situated
on the mountain, away from river Kukadi.
While Vigneshwara’s temple is situated on the
banks of river Kukadi. Among Ashtavinayak Kshetra
Vighneshwara temple is the only temple with
golden dome & pinnacle.
SHREE VIGHNESHWARA’S TEMPLE
Vighneshwara’s temple facing east
is surrounded on four sides by a protective
stone wall. One can walk over the wall&
have sight of fort Shivneri & Girijatmaj. At the
entrance there are two ‘Deep-Malas’
– that is stone pillar for oil lamps & two
huge ‘Dwar-Palaks’ –
that is guards. On entering the temple you will see
owaris (small room for meditation) on both the sides.
Temple has a tiled compound.
The main temple has two halls.
The first hall is 20 feet high & has doors facing
north & south. It has idol of Dhundiraj.
The next hall is 10 feet high. At the entrance of
this hall there is idol of one rat in running
position made of white marble. Wall of the
temple are decorated by colourful & attractive
sketches. Idols of Panchayatan (Sun,
Vishnu, Shiva, Goddess, Ganapati) are situated in
the four corners of the sanctum. Idol of Vighneshwar
Vinayak, faces east & trunk turned towards left.
The idol smeared in vermillion mixed with oil, has
two emerald studded eyes & a diamond on his forehead
& in the navel. On the two are brass idols of
Riddhi & Siddhi. Temple has golden dome &
pinnacle. It is said that peshava king Bajirao Peshava’s
younger brother Chimaji Appa renovated this temple
& offered a golden dome on conquering vasai fort
The story is like this:
Chimaji Appa while going to Vasai halted
here for Vighneshwara’s blessing. While entering
the temple, his diadam (crown) fell down because of
small heighted entrance gate. Thinking this as ill
omen Chimaji Appa was disturbed. Immediately he vowed
to built new temple if he gets victory in the battlefield.
He renovated the temple as per his vow on getting
victory over the Portuguese.
This temple was built in 1785
A.D. Temple was renovated in 1967 by grat Ganesh devotees
shri Appashastri Joshi. As on today you will
find a newly renovated attractive temple with all