Welcome to the Navratri Quiz. Do you know Rama offered his eye to Devi Durga. One form of Durga rides a donkey. There is more. If you know the answers, you can submit this through comments section. Happy Quizzing!
Devi herself has manifested herself before Rama and Lakhshman and said that she was happy with their worship. Which day of Navratra was that day?
In order to defeat Ravana, Rama started Devi Durga worship. He had to offer Blue lotuses to Goddess but one lotus was missing. Himself being called Kamalnayan Lord Rama started to take out his one eye. At this point, Goddess Chandika (Durga) appeared before him and blessed for Victory.
Which form of Navdurga rides a Donkey?
Which form of Devi was born to a Sage?
Which form of Devi creates the solar system?
She contains pitcher which is full of blood.
Lord Rama has also observed Navratri Vrata. Who has advised him on how to perform this puja?
Lord Kartikeya was born to this form of Goddess Durga. Which is that form?
Which form of Devi is also known as “Shubhamkari” ?
Which form of Devi was cleaned with water of The Ganges by Lord Shiva?
Boons are integral part of Indian Mythology. Lord Brahma is associated with some of the famous boons. Here are some of the famous boons are detailed. I am sure you will enjoy some of the known and unknown boons.
He was granted boon by Brahma that he would never be won over in any battle, until his Yagna (fire-worship) of his native goddess Nikumbala was disturbed and destroyed. Lakshman disturbed his yagna and finally killed him in the battle.
Lord Shiva’s boon to Jayadrath
Jayadrath had a boon that he could hold all the Pandavas for a day in battle, except for Arjuna. This proved to be undoing of Abhimanyu when Arjuna was not around in the battle and Drona formed a Chakravyuha. When Arjuna heard this, he vowed that he will kill Jayadrath or will sacrifice his life. Lord Krishna has to do a bit of work to deal with this situation. Even killing of Jayadrath was tricky which will be detailed in next section.
Jayadrath father’s boon
Whosoever causes the head of his son to fall on the earth, his head would blow into thousand pieces.One day Jayadratha met his father Vridhakshtra who was a sage. He asked his father to grant him a boon by which he could choose the time of his death just like Shantanu who gave a similar boon to Devavrata (i.e. Bhishma). He said that who ever caused the head of Jayadrath to fall on the ground, will be killed immediately by having his own head burst into hundred pieces. When Arjuna beheaded Jayadrath, he ensure that his head falls in the lap of his meditating father.
Bhishma from Shantanu
Shantanu blessed his son that he would chose his own time of death. This was following the Bhishma pratigya taken by Devvrata.
Durvasa to Kunti
Birth of Pandavas. Kunti served sage Durvasa for a year and he became very pleased with her. He has given her a mantra. Using this, she could call any god at anytime who would assist her in begetting a son. Kunti used this mantra four times and Madri couple of times.
Sage Parashar’s boon to Satyavati
Satyavati, the mother of Ved Vyasa, smelled like a fish. Sage Parashar saw her once and got smitten by her beauty and proposed her. Satyavati put forth couple of conditions, one of them was that she should get rid of the smell from her body. Parashar told her that this would be fulfilled and instead of the smell, a fragrance will emanate from her body which can be sensed miles away.
Boon of Vali
Ram has to kill him in disguise because of a boon. While in fight, opponents half strength would be transferred to him. This story is also available in the link given above.
Parshuram’s boon to Karna
Parshuram cursed Karna which resulted in him being defeated in the Mahabharata. But Parshuram also blessed Karna to have everlasting fame.
Boon to Hiranyaksha by Brahma
Once Hiranyaksha did a lot of austerities so that Lord Brahma would give him a boon. He asked and received a boon that no god, demon, beast or human could ever kill him. He was killed by Varaha avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Hiranyakashyap had a similar boon. And his boon also included that he would not be killed in day or night, inside or outside a house, nor by a human or beast. He was killed by Narsingh avatar – a Vishnu dashavatar. His son Prahlad was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu and he summoned his lord after Hiranyakashyap challenged him that where is his lord?
Shiva’s boon to Arjuna
The boon which Arjuna is said to have received was called Pashupata, Shiva’s most powerful weapon.
Boons to Hanuman
Hanuman was blessed with two boons which were useful in Sunder Kand.
First was given to him by Brahma that no weapon could harm him. When Brahmastra was used on him, he let himself captured to honour the greatest weapon brahmastra.
Second was given to him by Surya. He was given Laghima and Garima (to be able to attain the smallest or to attain the biggest form). With the helo of these, he went past Sursa.
Shiva’s boon to Ganesha
Shiva granted Ganesha a boon that before beginning of any undertaking or task people would worship Lord Ganesh. Thus the reason for worship of ganesha before start of any work.
Brahma’s boon to Anjana
Anjana was initially cursed to live as a vanaar, Brahma told her that she would be absolved of the curse if she gives birth to a incarnation of Lord Shiva.
Karna’s boon to Kunti
Karna assured Kunti that will not use a weapon twice against Arjuna. He later did not use the Naga astra. He also promised Kunti that she will have five sons, so he did not killed Pandavas other than Arjuna, though he could do so.
Kaikeyi’s boon by Dashrath
Dashrath granted couple of boons to Kaikeyi during Dev Asur sangram. Dashrath was deeply wounded and he was tended by Kaikeyi. She claimed two boons that Dasharatha had long ago granted her, which resulted in Lord Rama’s vanvaas.
Shiva’s boon to Draupadi for desired husband(s)
Draupadi wanted to have a husband with fourteen qualities. Shiva said this is difficult. Upon insistence, he said that she will get five husbands. He gave another boon to her.
Draupadi’s boon to remain as a virgin
Shiva granted a boon that she would regain virginity as soon as she takes a bath in the morning. Thus she was able to become the wife of five pandavas at the same time.
In Hindu mythology, all the God and Goddesses are associated with some trees, shrubs and creepers. Similarly, all nine planets are believed to control the destiny of a person are associated with trees, bushes and grass. Navgrah Vatika is a garden of nine trees, bushes and grasses which represents planets. These trees are planted in a particular direction to get the benefits of nine planets or grahs hence it is called Navgrah Vatika.
Importance of Navgrah Vatika
In Navgrah Vatika each plant represents different celestial forces so, vatika is used to get the power of navgrah. It creates positive energy and purifies air. It removes vastu dosh. Navgrah vatika brings prosperity, good health and wealth.
Name of trees with direction
1. Achyranthes aspera It is a common weed of Amaranthaceae family. Its Common name is Chaff flower, in sanskrit its called apamarga, in hindi it’s called chirchra. It represents Mercury or Budha. It is planted in north direction.
2.Ficus racemosa It is commonly known as cluster fig or Gular. It represents the planet Venus or Shukra. It is planted in East direction. This tree is considered sacred among Hindus. Its wood is used in homa ceremony.
3.Butea monosperma it is commonly known as Palash : This represents Moon or Chandra. It is planted in southeast direction. Spoons/Ladles made of this tree are used in various Hindu rituals to pour Ghee (clarified butter) into the fire. The tri foliated formation of its leaves represent Holy Trinity Vishnu, Brahma and Mahesh.
A very interesting story is also related to Palash Tree. Once Parvati cursed Gods to be born as trees. Due to the curse Agni dev or God of Fire was converted into Palash tree, Vishnu into Peepal and Rudra into Vata tree.
4. Peepal Tree, Ficus religiosa or sacred fig
Peepal tree is considered sacred among hindus. Roots of the trees represents Brahma, Vishnu represents its trunk and Shiva represents its leaves. People often water the tree on saturday as it is believed that Vishnu along with Lakshmi resides on tree on Saturday. One who worship the tree is rewarded with wealth and name. It represents Jupiter or guru. It is planted in Northeast direction.
5. Calotropis procera It is also known as ark. It represents Sun or Surya. It is planted at the center or middle. Incidentally, this tree is found to be effective in treating skin and wound infections in traditional medicine.
6.Acacia catechu it is also known as khair. It represents Mars or mangal It is planted in South direction. Usually Sruva or sacrificial ladle is made from its wood.
7.Imperata cylindrica or thatch grass or Darbha. It represents Ketu. It is planted in north west direction. During Kurmavatara hairs grew from the tortoiseshell of Lord Vishnu. They washed ashore to become Darbha grass. Hindu considered it very sacred and it is used in all religious ceremonies. Darbha mats are considered best for meditation.
8.Prosopis cineraria also known as Shami. It represents Saturn or Shani. It is planted in west direction.It is believed that offering shami leaves to ganesha, Shiva and Hanuman one is blessed with longevity, honour and prosperity. It is also believed that Shami tree gives power and victory to those who pray to it.
9. Cynodon dactylon It is also known as Durva grass. It represents Rahu. It is planted in south west direction. No puja is considered completed without offering Durva grass to Lord Ganesha.
Once there was a demon named Analasura who emitted fire from his eyes and destroyed whatever came in his way. Ganesha had a fierce battle with him. Finally, Ganesha gulped him down and became restless due to the heat inside his body. Moon, Vishnu and Shiva all came for his help. Finally he was relieved when some sage placed some durva grass on his head. Then Ganesha declared whosoever worship him with durva grass will forever receive his blessing.
बहुत पहले द्वारका पुरी में भोजवंशी राजा सत्राजित रहता था। सूर्य की भक्ति-आराधना के बल पर उसने स्वमंतक नाम की अत्यंत चमकदार मणि प्राप्त की। मणि की क्रांति से राजा स्वयं सूर्य जैसा प्रभा-मंडित हो जाता था। इस भ्रम में जब यादवों ने श्रीकृष्ण से भगवान सूर्य के आगमन की बात कही, तब अंतर्यामी कृष्ण ने यादवों की शंका का निवारण करते हुए कहा कि आने वाले महानुभाव स्वमंतक मणिधारी राजा सत्राजित हैं, सूर्य नहीं। स्वमंतक मणि का गुण था कि उसको धारण करने वाला प्रतिदिन आठ किलो स्वर्ण प्राप्त करेगा। उस प्रदेश में किसी भी प्रकार की मानवीय या दैवीय विपत्ति का कोई चिह्न तक नहीं था। स्वमंतक मणि प्राप्त करने की इच्छा स्वयं कृष्ण ने भी की लेकिन सत्राजित ने अस्वीकार कर दिया।
एक बार सत्राजित का भाई प्रसेनजित उस मणि को धारण करके घोड़े पर चढ़कर शिकार को गया तो एक सिंह ने उसे मार डाला। संयोग से जामवंत नामक रीछ ने सिंह को ही मार डाला और वह मणि को लेकर अपनी गुफा में आ गया। जामवंत की बेटी मणि को खिलौना समझकर खेलने लगी। प्रसेनजित के न लौटने पर द्वारका में यह अफवाह फैल गई कि कृष्ण को सत्राजित द्वारा मणि देने से इनकार करने पर दुर्भावनावश कृष्ण ने प्रसेनजित की हत्या करा दी और मणि पर अपना अधिकार कर लिया। कृष्ण इस अफवाह से दु:खी होकर प्रसेनजित को खोजने के लिए निकल पड़े। वन में कृष्ण और उनके साथियों ने प्रसेनजित के साथ एक सिंह को भी मरा पाया। उन्हें वहां रीछ के पैरों के निशानों के संकेत भी मिले, जो भीतर गुफा में प्रवेश के सूचक थे। इससे कृष्ण ने सिंह को मारने तथा मणि के रीछ के पास होने का अनुमान लगाया।
अपने साथियों को बाहर रहकर प्रतीक्षा करने के लिए कहकर स्वयं कृष्ण गुफा के भीतर प्रवेश कर गए। काफी समय बाद भी कृष्ण के वापस न आने पर निराश होकर लौटे साथी ने कृष्ण के भी मारे जाने का मिथ्या प्रचार कर दिया। कृष्ण के न लौटने पर उनके पिता वसुदेव पुत्र-शोक में व्यथित हो उठे। उसी समय महर्षि नारद आ गए। समाचार जानकर नारदजी ने वसुदेव से श्रीमद् देवी भागवत पुराण के श्रवण का उपदेश दिया। वसुदेव मां भगवती की कृपा से पूर्व परिचित थे। उन्होंने नारदजी से कहा-देवर्षि, देवकी के साथ कारागारवास करते हुए जब छ: पुत्र कंस के हाथों मारे जा चुके थे तो हम दोनों पति-पत्नी काफी व्यथित और अंसतुलित हो गए थे। तब अपने कुल पुरोहित महर्षि गर्ग से परामर्श किया और कष्ट से छुटकारा पाने का उपाय पूछा। गुरुदेव ने जगदम्बा मां की गाथा का पारायण करने को कहा। कारागार में होने के कारण मेरे लिए यह संभव नहीं था। अत: गुरुदेव से ही यह कार्य संपन्न कराने की प्रार्थना की।
वसुदेव ने कहा-मेरी प्रार्थना स्वीकार करके गुरुदेव ने विंध्याचल पर्वत पर जाकर ब्राह्मणों के साथ देवी की आराधना-अर्चना की। विधि-विधानपूर्वक देवी भागवत का नवाह्र यज्ञ किया। अनुष्ठान पूर्ण होने पर गुरुदेव ने मुझे इसकी सूचना देते हुए कहा-देवी ने प्रसन्न होकर यह आकाशवाणी की है-मेरी प्रेरणा से स्वयं विष्णु पृथ्वी के कष्ट निवारण हेतु वसुदेव देवकी के घर अवतार लेंगे। वसुदेव को चाहिए कि उस बालक को गोकुल ग्राम के नंद-यशोदा के घर पहुंचा दें और उसी समय उत्पन्न यशोदा की बालिका को लाकर आठवीं संतान के रूप में कंस को सौंप दें। कंस यथावत् बालिका को धरती पर पटक देगा। वह बालिका कंस के हाथ से तत्काल छूटकर दिव्य शरीर धारण कर, मेरे ही अंश रूप से लोक कल्याण के लिए विध्यांचल पर्वत पर वास करेगी। गर्ग मुनि के द्वारा इस अनुष्ठान फल को सुन कर मैंने प्रसन्नता व्यक्त करते हुए आगे घटी घटनाएं मुनि के कथनानुसार पूरी कीं और कृष्ण की रक्षा की। यह विवरण सुनाकर वसुदेव नारदजी से कहने लगे-मुनिवर ! सौभाग्य से आपका आगमन मेरे लिए शुभ है। अत: आप ही मुझे देवी भागवत पुराण की कथा सुनाकर उपकृत करें।
वसुदेव के कहने पर नारद ने अनुग्रह करते हुए नवाह्र परायण किया। वसुदेव ने नवें दिन कथा समाप्ति पर नारदजी की पूजा-अर्चना की भगवती मां की माया से श्रीकृष्ण जब गुफा में प्रविष्ट हुए तो उन्होंने एक बालिका को मणि से खेलते देखा। जैसे ही कृष्ण ने बालिका से मणि ली, तो बालिका रो उठी। बालिका के रोने की आवाज को सुनकर जामवंत वहां आ पहुंचा तथा कृष्ण से युद्ध करने लगा। दोनों में सत्ताईस दिन तक युद्ध चलता रहा। देवी की कृपा से जामवंत लगातार कमोजर पड़ता गया तथा श्रीकृष्ण शक्ति-संपन्न होते गए। अंत में उन्होंने जामवंत को पराजित कर दिया। भगवती की कृपा से जामवंत को पूर्व स्मृति हो आई। त्रेता में रावण का वध करने वाले राम को ही द्वापर में कृष्ण के रूप में अवतरित जानकर उनकी वंदना की। अज्ञान में किए अपराध के लिए क्षमा मांगी। मणि के साथ अपनी पुत्री जांबवती को भी प्रसन्नतापूर्वक कृष्ण को समर्पित कर दिया।
मथुरा में कथा के समाप्त होने के बाद वसुदेव ब्राह्मण भोज के बाद आशीर्वाद ले रहे थे, उसी समय कृष्ण मणि और जांबवती के साथ वहां पहुच गए। कृष्ण को वहां देखकर सभी की प्रसन्नता की कोई सीमा न रही। भगवती का आभार प्रकट करते हुए वसुदेव-देवकी ने श्रीकृष्ण का अश्रुपूरित नेत्रों से स्वागत किया। वसुदेव का सफल काम बनाकर नारद देवलोक वापस लौट गए।
Killing of Ravana was not an easy task for Lord Rama. He had to seek help of Maa Durga and Maa Saraswati for killing him.
Killing of Ravana
Lord Rama took blessings of Maa Durga – The story of Blue Lotuses
Durga Puja commemorates Prince Rama’s offering to Maa Durga before going to war with the demon king Ravana. Lord Rama first worshipped the ‘Mahishasura Mardini’ (the other name for the Goddess) or the assassin of the buffalo-demon, by offering 108 blue lotuses and lighting 108 lamps.
The legend behind it, Rama went to Lanka to rescue his abducted wife Sita from the grip of Ravana, the king of demons in Lanka. Before starting for his battle with Ravana, Rama wanted the blessings of Devi Durga. He had to offer 108 blue lotuses to the Devi”
After travelling the whole world, Rama could gather only 107 lotuses. He finally decided to offer one of his eyes, which resembled blue lotuses and being a avatar of Lord Vishnu, he was called as Kamalnayan. Maa Durga, pleased with the devotion of Rama, appeared before him and blessed him.
As all know he was born with lotus eyes and everyone regarded them as blue lotus eyes. His decision to pluck his beautiful blue eyes as a substitute for the 108th blue lotus made Devi Chandika or Durga appear in full form before him and stopped him from doing so.
Ravana praising Lord Rama
During the course of battle, Ravana suddenly started praising Rama. This created a tricky situation for the Lord as he could not kill someone who is praising him.
Everyone lose heart knowing this. All Gods and Goddesses assembled together and it was decided in the meeting that Goddess Saraswati should reside on the tongue of Ravana, making him say foul words to Rama.
As soon as this happened, Ravana started saying fould words to Rama and then Rama could kill Ravana.
On the eve of Ganesha Chaturthi, here are some of the interesting stories about Lord Ganesha.
How he became Ekdant
Brahmavart Puran states that when Parshuram went to Kailash Mountain to meet Shiva, he was meditating. Lord Ganesha did not allow Parshuram to meet Shiva. Parshuram got angry and attacked Ganesha.
The weapon he used to attack Ganesha was given to him by Lord Shiva only. Ganesha did not want the attack to go waste as it was his father’s weapon, so he took the attack in his teeth and thus lost one of his teeth. Since then he is known as Ekdant.
Lord Ganesha’s family
Lord Ganesha has two wives Ridhhi (representing Prosperity) and Sidhhi (representing Intellectual Enlightenment). Furthermore, he had two sons – Ridhhi bore him Subha (representing Auspiciousness) while Sidhhi bore him Labha (representing Profit).
Writing of Mahabharat
Lord Ganesha and Sage Vyasa wrote the entire Mahabharata epic. The great sage requested Ganesh to write the poem as he dictated, knowing this would be a arduous task . Ganesha agreed on one condition, Vyasa must recite the entire poem un-interrupted, without pausing or taking a break. The great sage agreed to this request however found a way to give himself a break. When struggling to go ahead, he would give Ganesh incredibly difficult complex passage to write. Ganesh would be forced to ask questions giving the tricky Vyasa the time to rest when needed.
Ganesha is elder or Kartikeya
According to Shiva Purana, Lord Kartikeya is the elder son of Shiva. He is the senapati of the army of Gods.
Some people believe that Ganesha is the elder son. This could be because of the practice of worshipping him first, as he is Prathampoojy (the first worshipped due to a boon of Shiva ) which may have been mistaken for ‘first born’. This is just one of the many explanations given. However, many traditions worship Ganesha as the elder son.
However, it is difficult to say that who is older.
Lord Ganesha’s image is printed on Indonesia’s note
Yes, he is not confined to India. He is famous in Indonesia and appears on their currency.
Karna asks Lord Krishna – “My mother left me the moment I was born. Is it my fault I was born an illegitimate child?
He further added that he did not get the education from Dronacharya because I was not considered a Kshatriya. Parshurama taught him the skills of warfare but then gave him the curse to forget everything when he knew that Karna was son of Kunti and indeed a Kshatriya.
Then a cow was accidentally hit by my arrow & its owner cursed Karna for no fault of his. He was disgraced in Draupadi’s Swayamvar. Whatever Karna received in life was due to Duryodhana’s large heart. So he asks why he should not take Duryodhana’s side in the war of Mahabharat.
Response of Lord Krishna
Lord Krishna gave a beautiful reply to Karna. He says that He was born in a Jail. He was separated from his parents on his birth. So many people tried to kill him before he could walk. He grew up with cows, dung while Karna grew up hearing noise of swords, chariots, horses, bow, and arrows. He did not get education, people even disgraced Krishna telling that he was the reason for their problems.
When everyone was being appreciated by their teachers, he had not even received any education. he joined Gurukula of Rishi Sandipani only at the age of 16.
He further added:
You are married to a girl of your choice. I didn’t get the girl I loved & rather ended up marrying those who wanted me or the ones I rescued from demons.
I had to move my whole clan from the banks of Yamuna to far off to save them from Jarasandh. I was called a coward for this act.
So, now tell me this. If Duryodhana wins the war you will get a lot of credit. What do I get if Yudhishthira wins the war? Only the blame for the war. So now he says to Karna – Everybody has Challenges in life to face and life is not easy for anyone. But what is right (Dharma) is known to your Mind (conscience). No matter how much unfairness we got, how many times we were Disgraced, how many times we fall, what is important is how you respond.
He further concludes that life’s unfairness does not give you license to walk the wrong path. Always remember, Life may be tough at few points, but “destiny” is not created by the “shoes” we wear but by the “steps” we take.
We know that Arjuna used the famous bow called Gandiva. This is an interesting story on how Arjuna came into possession of Gandiva bow. The Gandiva was made by Brahma and it could be used to One lakh enemies at a time. Later it came into possession of Indra, then to Chandra and then Varuna.
The whole story goes here.
There was a kingby the name Swetaki who was known for performing very long yagnas. His priests assisted him for a long time until they became frail. Once, Swetaki desired to conduct a one hundred years long yagna.
His priests, tired from the hardships done earlier, pretended to be angry and told the King to approach Rudra for help. Swetaki was disappointed but he anyway meditated upon Rudra for a while in the ranges of Kailash.
Finally, Lord Shiva appeased with Swetaki and agreed to help Swetaki under the condition that the King should first lead a life of Brahmachari for twelve years and he should continue to pour Ghee (clarified butter) into sacrificial fire without intermission for the whole period.
Swetaki did as advised, and a Lord Shiva appointed Durvasa as his priest who officiated the grand hundred-years long yagna. Swetaki, due to his virtuous nature, later ascended to the heavens.
This created a problem for Agni, who developed indigestion because of ghee feeding into fire for twelve years. Lord Brahma advised him to burn Khandava forest, this will cure his indigestion. Agni tried to burn the forest but failed as many as seven times but could not burn the Khandava forest.
Agni again asked Brahma for help, who advised him to approach Nara & Narayana, who were on earth in the form of Arjuna and Krishna.
Agni approached Arjuna and Krishna, who were living in the woods in the vicinity of the Yamuna. In exchange for their help, Agni requested for Varuna to give Krishna the mace by the name Kaumodaki and the Discus Chakrayudha that had a pole attached to it in the center. Varuna also offered Arjuna the bow Gandiva, two inexhaustible quivers and a chariot made by Viswakarma that had Hanuman in its banner. He also gave him white steeds that were born in the region of Gandharvas. This was the chariot in which Soma (Chandra) had earlier vanquished the Danavas.
This is how Arjuna received Gandiva and Krishna received Kaumodaki.
One of the oldest mantra in Vedas, the Maha mrityunjay mantra, is a verse from Rig Veda, and addresses the Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva. It unification of three hindi words, Maha- great, Mrityun- death and Jaya- victory; the one who victor the death. According to Hindu mythology, the mantra is also referred as Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because of its “life-restoring” practice.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, the powerful mantra of Lord Shiva is a source of enlightenment. Chanting of this mantra purifies the karmas of the soul at a deep level. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Mantra of Great Victory Over Death) is one of the most well known mantras.
The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a life-giving mantra (sanjivini mantra). It is a mantra that is said to rejuvenate, bestow health, wealth, long life, peace, prosperity and contentment. It wards off death and accidents of all descriptions. Besides, it has a great curative power. It is also known as Moksha mantra.
Om tryambhakam yajamahe, sugandhim pushtivardhanam,
“O praise to the Three-Eyed One, who increases prosperity, who has a sweet fragrance, who frees the world from all disease and death – liberate me, as the cucumber is easily severed from the vine. O Shiva, grant me immortality!”
Mahaganpati Temple is the eighth and final temple to be visited in Ashtavinayak yatra. The temple is 50 kms from Pune on the Pune Ahmednagar highway in the village of Ranjangaon.
About Idol and Temple
Ganesha idol as Mahaganpati in this temple is in sitting position with crossed legs and is facing towards east. The trunk is pointing to the left, has a broad forehead adorned with ruby in eyes and naval.
Statue of Riddhi and Siddhi is on both side of Ganesha idol. The temple is so designed that when sun rises its rays falls directly on the statue. Mahaganpati Temple at Ranjangaon is the most powerful representation of Lord Ganesha.
There was a sage named Gritsamad. One day he sneezed and from this was created a young boy. Sage brought him as his own son. He taught him Ganesha mantra. The boy started meditating intensely and pleased Lord Ganesha. Ganesha appeared before him and blessed him with three pura-s of gold, silver and iron. Thus the boy got the name Tripur, as he was owner of three pura-s. Ganesha also made him most powerful and he could not be defeated by any one except Lord Shiva himself. With this boon Gritsamad conquered Netherworld and headed towards heaven to conquer it. Gods were scared Lord Brahma hide in lotus and Lord Vishnu in Kshirsagar. Tripur took over mount Kailash and became the king of all the three world. God were wondering how to get rid of Tripurasur. Lord Narad advised them to seek help of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha agreed to help them.
Ganesha disguised as brahmin went to Tripurasura and told him that he is very enlightened brahmin, he could make three planes for him so that he would be able to go any where he wished to within minutes. Lord Ganesha also asked him to bring statue of Chintamani from mount kailash.
Tripurasur went to get the statue but, Shiva refused to give the statue. This made Tripurasura angry. There was a fierce battle between the two. Lord Shiva too realised that he was unable to defeat Tripurasura because he did not paid his respect to lord Ganesha.
Then Lord Shiva invoked Ganesha and on dong so from his mouth emerged Gajanan, and granted him boon. Ganesha directed Shiva how he could kill Tripurasura.
Shiva was asked to recite the Sahastranam and then direct an arrow at the 3 pura-s of Tripurasur. Lord Shiva followed the instruction and finally Tripurasura was defeated and the place where Lord Shiva invoked Ganesha he created a temple for him. The place where Lord Shiva himself sought blessing of Ganesha and destroyed Tripurasura is called Ranjangaon.
This concludes the Ashtavinayak story of Lord Ganesha. Hope you have enjoyed. Please do send your comments.