Shri Ballaleshwar Ashtvinayak Temple is one of the eight temples of lord Ganesha in the tour of ashtavinayaka. Among ashtavinayaka Ganesha temples, Ballaleshwar temple is the only incarnation of lord Ganesha that is known by his devotee's name. It is located in the town/village of Pali which is at a distance of 57.1 km (via SH92) from Karjat in the Raigad district and 120 km from Pune city. The pali ganesha temple is in the Konkan area of Raigad district, Maharashra. It is situated between fort Sarasgad and the river Amba.
This is original wooden temple / mandir was renovated in '1760' to make way for a new stone temple designed and developed by 'Shri Fadnis'. Created in the shape of the letter Shri, it was created by mixing lead with the cement during devlopment and construction. The east-facing temple was carefully positioned so that, as the sun rises, sun rays fall directly on the lord ganesha murti during worship. The temple contains a bell that was brought back by 'Chimaji Appa' (Peshwas) after his defeat of the 'Portuguese' in 'Vasai' and 'Sasti'.
The temple complex encircles two lakes and is tiled throughout. There are two sanctums in the temple, an inner and an outer sanctum. The inner canctum is 15 feet (4.6 meter) high, while the outer sanctum is only 12 feet (3.7 meter) high. The outer sanctum contains a murti in the shape of a rat, holding modak(Sweet Pashad of Ganesha) in its hands while facing lord Ganesha. The main hall of the temple is 40 feet (12 meter) long and 20 feet (6.1 meter) wide and contains eight pillars resembling cyprus trees.
It is located in the town/village of Pali which is at a distance of 57.1 km (via SH92) from Karjat in the Raigad district and 120 km from Pune city. The pali ganesha temple is in the Konkan area of Raigad district, Maharashra. It is situated between fort Sarasgad and the river Amba.
Taluka Sudhagad, District Raigad, Pali, Maharashtra - 410205
Bhadrapad Shuddha Pratipada to Panchami (Bhadrapadi Utsav) and Magh Shuddha Pratipada to Panchami (Maghi Utsav) are the two main festivals organized in the presence local literates and eminent scholars, Bhajans, kirtan (discourse) form the part of events.
Birth highlights of Ganesha are delivered to audience by lectures. Palakhi procession in the evening accommodates devotees for Bhajans, lazim, dancing horses, band from Nasik etc. On the day of Chaturthi, the entire area of temple gets decorated with colorful lighting. The procession covers the whole village of Pali. The participants are blessed with 'Prasad' after the procession is over.
The Lord Ganesha murti: The murti of lord Ganesha sits on a stone throne, facing east with its trunk turned left and sitting against a background of silver which displays Siddhi (spiritual power) and Riddhi (prosperity). waving chamaras. The murti's eyes and navel contain diamonds.
In the town of Pali lived a successful businessman named 'Kalyan' with his wife, 'Indumati'. Their child(Son), 'Ballal', and the other children in the town used to play puja(pooja), using stones in place of murtis. Once, the children, going to the outskirts of the town, saw a very large stone. At the insistence of 'Ballal', the children worshiped the stone as Lord Ganesha. Led by Ballal, the children became so engrossed in their worship that they forgot about hunger and thirst; day and night.
Meanwhile, the parents of the town anxiously waited for their children to come home. When the children did not return on time, they all went to Kalyan's house and complained about his son Ballal. Kalyan, flying into a rage, took a stick and went in search of the children. Eventually, he found the children listening to the Ganesha Purana. In his fury, he destroyed the small temples built by the children, who fled away in terror, leaving Ballal by himself. Ballal, completely submerged in devotion to Ganesha, was grabbed by his father and beaten until blood drenched his clothes. His father proceeded to tie him to a tree and trampled on all the puja materials collected by the children. Lifting the large stone which the children had treated as Ganesha, he threw it to the ground, breaking it into pieces. He taunted Ballal, "Now we shall see which God protects you!" Going home, he left his own son bound to the tree to die.
Still bound to the tree, Ballal cursed his father for having insulted Ganesha, "May he become blind, deaf, dumb, and hunchbacked for his disrespect to the son of Parvati!" Though filled with pain, hunger, and thirst, he continued chanting the name of Ganesha until, exhausted, he fainted. On waking, Ballal entreated Ganesha to come to his aid. Lord Ganesha, moved by the child's devotion, appeared in the form of a sadhu before Ballal and untied him from the tree. On seeing Ganesha, Ballal's thirst and hunger vanished; his wounds were healed and he was completely invigorated. He prostrated before the sadhu, recognizing him as Ganesha, and worshipped him. Ganesha told Ballal he would bless him with whatever he asked for as a reward for his devotion. Ballal entreated, "May I be your unshakeable devotee, and may you always stay in this place and remove the miseries of the people who seek refuge in you." Ganesha said, "I shall ever remain here, and will take your name before mine, being worshiped as Ballal's Lord (BallalEshwar)." He embraced Ballal and vanished into the nearby stone. The stone's cracks disappeared and was made whole again.
That stone statue is called Ballaleshwar. The stone idol which Kalyan threw to the ground is also known as Dhundi Vinayak. This is a swayambhu murti and is worshiped before Ballaleshwar is worshiped.
Pali Ballaleshwar Ganpati Temple By Road: via Bengaluru - Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai - Pandharpur Road/Mumbai - Pune Highway and SH92, Fastest route now due to traffic conditions. The pali is at a distance of apx. 30 km from Karjat. From Mumbai via Panvel and Khopoli, Pali is at a distance of 124 km.
Pali Ballaleshwar Ganpati Temple by Train: The nearest railway station to Pali is Karjat, which is approx 30 kms from the Ballaleshwar Pali Ganpati temple.
Pali Ballaleshwar Ganpati Temple by Air: Mumbai and Pune is nearest airport.