Vedo Sanstuvaibhavo Gajmukho Bhaktabhimaniyo
Ballaleravya Subhaktapal Narat; Khyat Sadaa Tishtati
Kshetre Pallipure Yaatha Krityuge Chasmistha Laukike
Bhakterbhavite Murtiman Ganapati Siddhishwar Tam Bhaje
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I worship God Ganesh, who is elephant headed, who
has been praised in vedas, who is popular by the name
of his devotee (Ballal), who takes care op his devotees
& in this Kritayuga who abodes is Pallipur or
Village Pali is situated between fort
Sarasgad & river Amba flowing
on the other side. On being pleased by devotion
of Ballal, Shree Ganesh remained in the stone worshipped
by Ballal & hence is called as Ballaleshwar of
Among Ashtavinayakas, Pali’s
Ballaleshwar is the only Vinayak who is famous by
his devotee’s name & who is in the guise
of Brahmin, idol of vinayaka at Pali is dressed up
This place is very famous & spiritually
awakened. It is said that in Peshva regime justice
was done by taking kaul (answer to the question asked
in the form of flower, leaves etc.) from Balleshwar.
SHREE BALLALESHWAR’S TEMPLE
Original Wooden temple was renovated
& a new stone temple was built in 1760 A.D. by
Shri Fadnis. Temple complex is tiled &
it encircles two lakes. Water of one lake
towards right is reserved for Vinayaka’s Pooja.
Shape of the stone temple is in the
form of letter “” & faces east. During
Dakshinayan at sun-rise, the sun
rays falls exactly on the Vinayaka.
There are two Sanctums
(Girbhagriha) in the temple. Inner sanctum is quite
big & is 15 feet high. Outer sanctum is 12 feet
high & it has rat idol with Modak in his hands
& facing Ganesh.
Temple walls are made quite strong
by mixing lead with cement while construction. Hall
of the temple is 40 feet long & 20 feet broad
& it was built by laate Shri Krishnaji
Ringe in 1910 A.D. Hall is very beautiful
with 8 pillars resembling cyprus throne tree.
Idol of Vinayak a sitting on
stone throne, faces east & its trunk is left turned.
The shining diamonds are embedded in the eyes &
naval. The background is of silver where
one finds Riddhi & Siddhi waving
Temple complex has a very big bell
made in Europe. After defeating portuguese in Vasai
& Sasthi, Chimaji Appa brought these bells &
offered them at different Ashtavinayak Places.