Shri Vighneshwar - Ozar
Let my mind be concentrated to the God, who is elephant headed, benignant and remover of obstacle. He has defeated demon Vighnasur. He himself is Brahma. His greatness is undisturbed in his different forms. He is greatest artist, he gives happiness to his devotees, who abodes at Ozar.
Vighneshwara’s temple is situated on the banks of river Kukadi. Among Ashtavinayak Kshetra Vighneshwara Temple is the only temple with golden dome and pinnacle.
Temple & Idol
Vighneshwara’s temple facing east is surrounded on four sides by a protective stone wall. One can walk over the wall and have sight of fort Shivneri and Girijatmaj. At the entrance ther are two ‘Deep Malas’ – that is stone pillar for oil lamps and two huge ‘Dwar-Palaks’ – that is guards. On entering the temple you will see owaris (small room for meditation) on both the sides. Temple has a tiled compound.
The main temple has two halls. The first hall is 20 feet high and has doors facing north and south. It has idol of Dhundiraj. The next hall is 10 feet high. At the entrance of this hall there is idol of one rat in running position made of white marble. Walls of the temple are decorated by colourful and attractive sketches. Idols of Panchayatan (Sun, Shiva, Vishnu, Goddess, Ganapati) are situated in the four corners of the sanctum.
Idol of Vighneshwar Vinayak, faces east and trunk turned towards left. The idols smeared in vermillion mixed with oil, has two emarald studded eyes and a diamond on his forehead and in the navel. On the two sides are brass idols of Riddhi and Siddhi. Temple has golden dome and pinnacle. It is said that peshava king Bajirao peshava’s youger brother Chimaji Appa renovated this temple and offered a golden dome on conquering Vasai fort from portuguese.
This temple was built in 1785 A.D. Temple was renovated in 1967 by great Ganesh devotees Shri Appashastri Joshi. As on today you will find a newly renovated attractive temple with all comforts.