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Month of August 2014 Celebrations 

  • Narali Purnima/ raksha bandhan Aug 10/2014
    Narali Purnima/ raksha bandhan Aug 10/2014
  • Mangla Gauri pujan Aug 5/12/19/2014
    Mangla Gauri pujan Aug 5/12/19/2014
  • Shri Krishna Jayanti
Aug 17/2014
    Shri Krishna Jayanti Aug 17/2014
  • Hartalika Tritiya
Aug 28/2014
    Hartalika Tritiya Aug 28/2014
  • Ganpati Chaturthi
Aug 29/2014
    Ganpati Chaturthi Aug 29/2014
  • Rishi Panchami
Aug 30/2014
    Rishi Panchami Aug 30/2014
Narali Purnima/ raksha bandhan Aug 10/2014
Narali Purnima/ raksha bandhan Aug 10/2014

Ashtvinayak : अष्टविनायक 

literally means "eight Ganeshas" in Sanskrit. Ganesha is the  deity of obstacles, unity, prosperity  and learning. The term refers to eight   Ganeshas in Maharashtra state of India that house eight distinct idols of Ganesha, in a pre-ascertained sequence. The Ashtavinayaka  yatra or pilgrimage covers the eight ancient holy temples of Ganesha which are situated around Pune. Each of these temples has its own individual legend and history. The form of each murti of Ganesha and His trunk is distinct from one another. However, there are other temples of eight Ganesha in various other parts of Maharashtra; the ones around Puna are better known than the former. It is believed to be for completion of Ashtavinayak Yatra visit the first ganpati after visiting all the eight ganpati's again, to complete the yatra.

The eight temples are:

 1. Moreshwar Temple Morgaon, Pune district
 2.Siddhivinayak Temple Siddhatek, Ahmednagar district
 3.Ballaleshwar Temple Pali, Raigad district 
 4. Varadavinayak Temple Mahad, near Khopoli, Raigad district
 5. Chintamani Temple Theur, Pune district
 6. Girijatmaj Temple Lenyadri, Pune district 
 7. Vighnahar Temple Ozar, Pune district 
 8. Mahaganapati Temple

We will cover one temple everyday so we will finish our virtual Ashtavinayak yatra right before Ganapati Chaturthi. Ready? Let’s begin.

1. The first one is Moreshwar [ Mayureshwar- श्री मयूरेश्वर मंदीर ] Temple: 

This temple  dedicated to Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom. It is 

located in Morgaon (मोरगाव) in Pune District, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) away from Pune city in the state of Maharashtra.

The temple is the starting and ending point of a pilgrimage of eight revered Ganesha temples.

The temple is covered from all sides by four Minarets and gives feeling of a mosque if seen from a distance. This was done to prevent attacks on the temple during Mughal periods. There is a Nandi (Shiva’s Bull mount) sitting in front of the temple entrance, which is unique, as Nandi is normally in front of only Shiva temples.

The Mayureshwar or Moreshwar temple is along the Karha river in the Morgaon village . A temple that looks like a tiny fort from a distance; it is situated in the Baramati Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra. The idol of Mayureshwar is in the garbhagriha,the sanctum in which only the head priest is permitted entry. The deity is three eyed, seated, and his trunk is turned towards the left. The eyes and the navel of the deity are studded with precious diamonds. On the head are seen the fangs of Nagaraj. The deity is flanked by brass idols of Siddhi and Buddhi who are considered the consorts of Ganesh. In front of the deity stands a mouse and a peacock.The original idol is actually much smaller than it seems but continuous anointing of the idol with sindoor has resulted in the idol seeming much larger than it actually is. It is believed that this layer of sindoor peels off on its own every 100 or 150 years, revealing the actual idol.

The legends: There are many legends behind this temple.

According to the Ganesha Purana, Ganesha incarnated as Mayureswar , who has six arms and a white complexion. His mount is a peacock. He was born to Shiva and Parvati in the treta yuga for the purpose of killing the demon Sindhu.

A famous legend is that a demon caused untold hardship to the inhabitants of the Universe, and that responding to the pleas of the Gods, Ganapati came down to the earth on a peacock mount, waged a battle against Sindhu and vanquished him. The peacock rider Ganapati assumed the name Mayureshwar or Moresh. One of the legend is that the Lord used his vehicle or mount, as peacock which he later gave it to his brother, Skanda and thus got the name. Another belief is that the place had a large population of peacocks & It is said that shape of this place is like a peacock, hence its Morgaon. 

Mayureshwar : मयुरेश्वर 

2. Siddhivinayak Temple Siddhatek : सिद्धीविनायक सिद्धटेक 

The temple is located on the northern bank of the river Bhima in Siddhatek in the Karjat 

Taluka of Ahmednagar district. This is the second temple to be visited in Ashtavinayak yatra.

The original temple is believed to be built by Vishnu, however it was destroyed over time. Later, a cowherd is believed to have had a vision of the ancient temple and found the icon of Siddhi-vinayaka. The cowherd worshipped the deity and soon others came to know of the shrine.

The present temple was built in the late 1700s by Ahilyabai Holkar, the Philosopher Queen of Indore, who built and renovated many Hindu temples. Sardar Haripant Phadke, an official with the Peshwa rulers, built the Nagarkhana - a chamber which stores Nagaras (kettle drums) and a paved pathway to the main door of the temple. Haripant Phadke got his post as commander-in-chief back after praying to the deity for 21 days, daily circumambulating the temple 21 times. The outer sabha-mandapa (hall) – previously built by Mairal, a landlord from Baroda – was broken in 1939 and was rebuilt in 1970.

The Ganesha icon here is with his trunk turned to the right. Usually, the trunk of Ganesha is depicted turned to his left. It is believed that the right-trunked Ganesha is very powerful, but difficult to please. This is the only Ashtavinayaka shrine where the deity has his trunk to the right.

The famous legend is, Mahavishnu who was engaged in a serious battle against the demons Madhu and Kaitabha, was dismayed by his inability to bring the battle to a quick and decisive finish. Shiva advised him to propitate Ganesha. Upon doing so, Ganesha appeared on the battlefield, and his appearance strengthened Mahavishnu's resolve and abilities and enabled him to vanquish the demons with ease. Ganesha's appearance on the battlefield is marked by the Siddhivinayak shrine at Siddhatek, said to be capable of granting Siddhi.

Siddhivinayak : सिद्धी विनायक 

Devotional singers group from konkan India : कोकणातील भजन मंडळे

Devotional Singers group from Konkan;

" Devotional songs means a music composition sung to generate positive energy and to get blessings of God."  

Konkan or the Konkan Coast is a rugged section of the western coastline of India.

The precise definition of Konkan varies, it is roughly the land between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, and between the Tapi river in the north and the Chandragiri river in the south. It includes the following districts of modern India: Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, North Goa, South Goa.

Konkan has a lot  of devotional groups who compose and sing those devotional songs in various groups, especially around Ganesh Chaturthi . These groups follow a special format to compose and sing these songs along with dance. Gan, Stavan, Abhang, Golan, Kavvali,

Bharud are popular formats which coincides in "Gajar".

As Ganesh chaturthi is around the corner [ Aug 29 ] and they have a lot of these devotional songs in store, we will upload  selected ones for all the readers to enjoy.

कोकणातील भजन मंडळे

भजन म्हणजे भक्ती. या भक्तीत एकरूप होण्यासाठी टाळ-मृदंगाच्या साथीने रंगून जाणं, ही कोकणची खासियत. गणेशोत्सवात तर या भजनांना अधिकच रंग चढतो. गणेशोत्सवाच्या रात्री भजनाच्या साथीने सजतात, जागविल्या जातात. महिनाभर आधीच नवी गाणी, नवी बारी बसवण्यासाठी भजन मंडळांची तयारी सुरू होते. तबला, मृदंग सजवणार्‍या कारागिरांची लगबगही वाढते. चतुर्थीच्या रात्री गॅस बत्तीच्या उजेडात टाळ-मृदंगासह भल्या मोठ्या पायपेटीचं ओझं घेऊन लगबगीनं वावरणारी भजनी मंडळं बघितली की, या भजन कलेबद्दल अप्रूप वाटायला लागतं. कोकणात प्रत्येक वाडीवर आता भजनी मंडळं असतात. गावातील माहितगाराच्या मार्गदर्शनाखाली किंवा बाजारात येणार्‍या मान्यवर बुवांच्या कॅसेट ऐकून आपल्या भजन बार्‍या बसवल्या जातात.
मध्यंतरीच्या काळात काहीशी मागे पडलेली भजन कला आता वाढत्या स्पर्धांमुळे पुन्हा एकदा प्रकाशझोतात आली आहे. ही कला आता व्यावसायिक रूप घेत आहे. पूर्वी केवळ चतुर्थीतच ऐकू येणारी भजन बारी आता वर्षभर विविध कार्यक्रमांची रंगत वाढवताना दिसते. आता तर भजन कलाकार संघटितही होऊ लागले आहेत. कालानुरूप चित्रपटातील गाण्यांमध्ये बदल घडत गेले तरी पूर्वापार चालत आलेला भजनी साचा तसाच राहिला आहे. गण, स्तवन, नोटेशन रूपकामधला गजर, अभंग, गौळण, कव्वाली किंवा भारूड आणि शेवटचा गजर असं भजनाचं रूपडं तर गाणं म्हणणारा बुवा, मृदुंगमणी, चक्कीवाला (तालरक्षक) कोरस अशी भजनी मंडळी! 'जय जय राम कृष्ण हरी'ने सुरू झालेलं, उत्तरोत्तर कव्वाली, गजरात रंगत जाणारं भजन ऐकून मन तल्लीन होतं.


We are so fortunate that Mr. Vishnu Manohar whose introduction is not necessary here. He is a celebrity chef and featured on Etv Marathi to host the regular cooking show " Mejwani"

He owns a very famous restaurant named " Vishnu Ji ki Rasoi" in Nagpur another one in Aurangabad. He has joined with us to promote Marathi Culture by providing us traditional marathi recipes. He wants to bring " traditional maharashtrian food" to international market, and already started working on it. We all should join with him to promote this great initiative.

He shares his experience in his own words. We will share his recipes one at a time so we can try and enjoy it! 

Shira recipe for purnima: शिरा रेसिपी पौर्णिमे साठी 
By Vishnu Manohar

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Gayatri Mantra:  
Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥtát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃbhárgo devásya dhīmahidhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt
ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः ।तत्स॑वितुर्वरे॑ण्यं ।भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि। ।धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त्॥ ।

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