|All about Ganesha:
Ganesha the elephant faced God
is usually worshipped first before any other worship service is carried out to any other
||Pillayaarpatti near Karaikkudi in
Tamilnadu houses an ancient temple with a rock cut shrine to Ganesha, Karpaka Vinayakar.
It is rich in festivals and traditions.
|The Ashta Vinayak shrines: The
State of Maharashtra holds Ganapati in great reverence. 8 of these shrines around Pune are
collectively referred to as the Ashta Vinayak temples.
||The Siddhi Vinayak temple in Bombay is
a modern shrine visited by thousands throughout the year.
||Vatapi Ganapati is an image of
Ganapati said to have been brought back by the Pallava King during his conquest of Badami,
formerly known as Vatapi.
|The hill temple dedicated to
Taayumanavar - Shiva of the 1st millennium CE, is popularly reffered to
as the Ucchi Pillayar temple (Rock
Fort - Malaikkottai temple complex) and is associated with legends from the Ramayana.
||The Tiruvalanchuzhii Shiva temple near
Kumbhakonam in Tamilnadu is known more popularly for its shrine to Sweta Vinayakar, said
to be made of the foam of the milky ocean (Ksheera Sagaram).
|Moreshwar in Moregaon, is one of the most
popular of the Ashta Vinayaka shrines in Maharashtra depicting Ganapati on a peacock
||Ranjangaon in Maharashtra enshrines
Mahaganapati depicting the legend of Shiva invoking Ganesha during his battle with the
||Mahad in Maharashtra enshrines
Varadvinayak associated with the legend of Rukmangada, Indra and the Bhadravana
|Girijaatmaja Vinayak at Lenyadri hills in Maharashtra is
a representation of Ganesha in the form of an infant.
|Ozar in Maharashtra depicts
Ganapati as Vigneshwar who quelled the arrogance of the demon Vignaasuran.
|Ballal Vinayak at Pali in Maharashtra is
associated with the legend of a young lad Ballal's devotion to Ganapati.
||Chintamani Vinayak in
Maharashtra is associated with the legend of the Chintamani gem and Kapila Muni.
||Siddhi Vinayak in Siddhatek in Maharashtra
commemorates the legend of Vishnu invoking Ganesha, during his battle with the demons.
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||The Gokarana Shivastalam in Karnataka
and the Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple
at Deogarh in Bihar are prominent centers of Shiva
worship. Ganesha is said to have been the cause of the origin of these worship centers.