The term refers to eight Ganeshas. Ashtavinayaka yatra trip refers to a pilgrimage to the eight Hindu temples in Maharashtra state of India that house eight distinct idols of Ganesh, in a pre-ascertained sequence. The Ashtavinayak yatra or pilgrimage covers the eight ancient holy temples of Ganesh which are situated around Pune. Each of these temples has its own individual legend and history, as distinct from each other as the murtis in each temple. The form of each murti of Ganesh and His trunk are distinct from one another.
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Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner and everyone is gearing up for the festivities. For ten days, the streets of Maharashtra will resemble a carnival, with local stages, music, dance and celebrations of all kinds. I have never seen Mumbai more vibrant than it is during the 10 days of Ganpati festival. The excitement about the festival reminded me of the last Ashtavinayak Yatra I went on.
I think I enjoyed it much more when the camera was inside and the phone data connectivity was switched off, like I did on the Highest Blogger Meet road trip. You can read all about it here , here and well, here. Bikers have traditionally preferred the weekend before Ganesh Chaturthi.
But you can do it after that as well. This time is also when the country side is the prettiest in Maharashtra with fluorescent green grass. So as long as monsoons are around; you should be ok! View the map here. The last two temples are on village roads, and there no state highways to boast off. A small warning, Google Maps will show a route 12 kms lesser than the route via Shirur which is not really not worth calling a road. In a car, your shock absorbers will be tested!
There are loads of motels and lodges here and can offer a decent stay. The cost of each room is Rs. There are a lot of lodges in Ranjangaon and a few new ones have opened near the temple. There is one however run by an elderly gentleman further down the road from the temple by a walk. Avoid this place like plague because it probably has it thanks to an infestation by rats.
We stayed at Hotel Rajyog which is 3 kms on the highway from the temple. Revving up the bikes in the morning at Ranjangaon. Every temple has a Bhakt Niwas except Siddatek. We heard that the one there is dilapidated and not functional. In fact some of the newest ones are at Ozar. If you do the route via Malshej from Mumbai, this should be the first pit stop on Day 1.
I would recommend a experiences to everyone. Imagine piping hot food off a coal and wood oven. Rotis made out of Jawar and Bajra, authentic Maharashtrian food at a cost no one can beat! At one of the numerous farmer shacks outside Siddhatek. There are a zillion places out there which make pakoras. Now imagine having that inconspicuous pakora with a view to die for! Ladies and gentlemen, behold the view chai and pakora stall owners wake up to everyday in the morning on state highway 70!
Enjoy your chai and pakros with this view. There are loads of shops which sell everything from keychains, books, keep sakes, knick knacks, food, sweets and dry fruits. You could have a gallon of this and it would still seem like less. Have this only when are coming down the long flight of stairs. Lenyadri offers some of the best views amongst all eight temples of the Ashtavinayak. Be mindful of the monkeys. You could check the Ashtavinayak route map here.
You can customize the road trip and make it your own. Feel free to chat with us, if you have any questions. This trip also features in our calendar of the long weekends of , and there are a few more to go so do check it out!
Monsoons are a good time for this trip, and you should check this post about driving during monsoons. Long weekends are good time to relax. You can do a lot of things like going on a ashtavinayak road trip or do something else. Need help with what you can do? Check out list of things to do on a long weekend. If you do choose to go on a road then try to avoid these mistakes and you will enjoy your road trip even more.
Vineet's a road tripper heading aageseright. Co-founder of ScoutMyTrip and usually seen on the highway. A carnivore. Refuels on Old Monk; and rides the Royal Enfield whose bike he lovingly calls Laetitia after the Roman goddess of happiness.
The Pune station connects to major Indian cities. Your blog your map and your hotel tips helped a lot. Thanx a lot your your share about the trip. I just want to add that the road conditions are bad in some parts. And please do carry water if you are traveling in this month of year. Rest all the temples are very beautiful. The people are very helpfull.
At every temple we kept our bags tied with the bunjee cord on the bikes and our helmets on the road. No one touched them. The crowds at temples would also be less considering deities would either be at home or visarjan […]. Many devotees also go for the Ashtavinayak darshan before taking any big decision in their life, or before they begin a new stage in their life. Most of the time, this darshan is taken by elderly people or people in a group.
Hi sir, we r planning to go ashtavinayak along with family total 14pepole r there we need to know how to book room t bhaktanivas, we want to complete it in 3days and 2 night, then which place is better to stay, and if we plan to stay inhotels how much it will cost, As there r kids with us hence we want good food.
We r planning to book tempo traveller. Pls guide us. Hi, Staying in mumbai near shivaji park. I am planning to do Ashtvinayak tour. We are two couples, all senior citizens.
Car can arrange. Need guidance on travel itinery and place of stay with cost idea enroute. Place of stay should have AC super delux rooms with facilities and good vegetarian food. Plan for 2 nights and 3 days with departure on Sep Please suggest.
Being a Chennaite IT worker, i never imagined i would ever be in Pune in 1st place, since last 15 years i had been working only in Chennai or Abroad trips. So plan well so everyone spends atleast 1 hour wholly inside the temple. STAY blessed! Jai Chintamani Ganesh! I heard its auspicious to start the ashtavinayak journey from Moregaon.
I am planning for it once the lockdown is lifted, please guide. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Check out these posts too! At Mahad. At Morgaon. Lenyadri up close and personal. Lenyadri temple from the foothils. Lenyadri caves while going up the stairs. Article Name. Ashtavinayak Yatra on a bike or car, the monsoon road trip route from Mumbai through 8 Ganesh temples in Maharashtra.
A must do circuit on Indian highways! Publisher Name. Vineet Vineet's a road tripper heading aageseright. Patil March 25, - pm kalyan to ozar by train route which is nearest railway station from ozar?
Patil March 25, - pm which is nearest station from ozar? Thanks, In your route map 1,2 Ganpati temples are not marked. Rajesh singh May 4, - am Your blog your map and your hotel tips helped a lot.
Ashtavinayak Yatra Route Map
When planning your Ashtavinayak Yatra from Mumbai, it is always suggestible to follow the Ashtavinayak tour map to keep your trip sophisticated and execute plans well on time. You would probably want to reach places at the earliest and comfortably. Giving religious significance to these trips is good but you may do it well even after that. Mostly visitors keep these trips drafted for Ganesh Chaturthi. However, traveling on days different from the occasion would bring you even better experiences. Accomplishing your Astavinayak Yatra before the end of monsoons would always be preferable.
Ashtavinayak Yatra Route and Guide
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Ashtavinayak Tour Road Map from Mumbai
The festival of Ganeshotsav starts tomorrow, September As people are already gearing up to bring in their favourite deity home, some also make it a point to visit the Ashtavinayaka, the eight Ganesha pilgrimage in Maharashtra. It is a yatra that includes ancient temples of Lord Ganesha situated in different districts. Each idol is distinct in its form and there is a sequence of the Yatra to follow. Lord Ganesha and His Names! Lord Ganesha is considered a remover of obstacles, so before starting anything new, people worship and perform puja of him.