SHREE GIRJATMAJ VINAYAKA
Mayasa Bhuvaneshwari Shivsati Dehashrita
Vighnesham Sutmaptukam Sanhita Kurvetapo Dushkaram
Takhya Bhutprakat Prasanna vardo Tishataya Sthapitam
Vandeh Girijatmaj Parmaj Tam Lekhanadristhitam ||5||
Mother of universe, beautiful wife of Lord Shiva Goddess
Parvati Performed long Penance of Shri Ganesh &
at last obtained Shree Ganesh as her son. I salute
Girija Parvati’s son Girijatmaj who stay on
mountain Lekhanadri (i.e. Lenyadri).
Lenyadri is the only place
among Ashtavinayaka places, which is situated on mountain
& in the vicinity of the buddhist caves.
SHREE GIRIJATMAJA’S IDOL
Girijatmaja’s idol faces
east. Parvati consecrated Ganesh idol in the cave
wherein she had performed penances.
Idol here is not a separate
& distinct one. It has been carved on
a stone wall of the cave. Previously idol was covered
with armour. Noe, since the Armour ia fallen Girijatmaj’s
idol with neck turned to left side can be seen. As
such only one eye of the idol can be seen.
In this small sanctum anybody
can perform Girijatmaj’s pooja on its own.
TEMPLE OF SHREE GIRIJATMAJ
Out of 18 Buddhist caves on mountain,
Girijatmaj Vinayak’s temple is in the eight
cave. These caves are also called as Ganesh
Caves. The temple is reached after climbing
307 steps. The entire temple is carved out
of single stone & is facing south. In
front of main Mandir, there is huge Sabhamandap
(Hall) which is nearly 53 feet long & 51 feet
broad & to your surprise there is not a singlr
pillar in this Sabhamandap. It has 18 small
apartments for meditation. Shree Girijatmaja’s
idol is placed in the middle apartment.
Sabhamandap of main temple is only
7 feet high. It has six stone pillars with cow, elephant
etc. carved on them. From the main temple one can
view river flowing & the Junnar town spread near