The "Ashtavinayak" temples refer to the eight shrines of Lord Ganesh, in the state of Maharashtra, visited by thousands of devotees from all over the country. It is believed that a pilgrimage to the Ashtavinayak ensures the pilgrim ever lasting bliss. Glorified as 'Swayambhu' or self emanated, each of the eight idols have distinctive features. All these shrines could be visited by keeping Pune as the base, from where they are all easily accessible. These Swayambhu shrines, in order of importance are:

Morgaon is situated on the banks of River Karha. The main temple facing towards the north, houses the presiding deity of 'Shri Moreshwar' Ganapati. The temple constructed during the Bahamani regime, is built in the typical Moghul style.

Siddhatek is situated on the banks of River Bhima in the Ahmednagar district. The temple facing towards the north, and built during the Peshwa period is dedicated to Siddhivinayak Ganapati.

Located on the periphery of Pali village, the temple is in picturesque surroundings with two lakes encircling it and is dedicated to 'Ballaleshwara' Ganapati.

Located in picturesque surroundings, the temple resembling a tiled roofed house and facing the east is dedicated to Varadavinayaka Ganapati. The sanctum is made of stone and surrounded by beautiful stone elephant carvings.

Situated on the confluence of the Mula, Muth and Bhima rivers. There are regular bus services of Pune Municipal Transport connecting Theur with Pune and nearby towns. The temple built by Madhavrao Peshwa is dedicated to 'Chintamani' Ganapati.

Located on a hillock, the temple faces south and is carved from the rocks. There are 283 steps leading to the main temple which is dedicated to Girijatmak Ganapati. From the temple one can view the Puspavati river flowing nearby and Junnar town spread below.

Located at Narayangaon in Junnar taluka. At the entrance to the temple are two Deep-malas - stone pillar oil lamps, and two huge Dwar Palaks - guards and in the sanctum is the idol of Vigneshwara Ganapati.

The main temple here, built by Madhavrao Peshwa, is dedicated to Maha Ganapati.

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