Monday, November 8, 2010


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Named after Ballal, son of Kalyan Shreshthi, from whose `tapasya', Ganesh appeared at Pali. The deity is known as Ballaleshwar. Erlier the deity was placed in a wooden temple. The wooden temple was so constructed that the rays of the sun would fall directly on the deity from the two equinoxes of the temple. The temple was reconstructed in 1770 by Morobadada Phadanvis. The Ganesh idol in the temple is 3 ft. High. Behind the temple, another temple of Ganesh, known as Dhundi Vinayak is situated. The Peshwas had installed the big bell, in the temple which is of Portuguese make. Nearby Pali is Sudhagad which is famous for its hot springs. Inner sanctum is quite big and is 15 feet high. Outer sanctum is 12 feet high and it has rat idol with Modak in his hands and facing Ganesh. Temple walls are made quite strong by mixing lead with cement while construction.hall of the temple is 40 feet long and 20 feet broad and it was built by late Shri Krishnaji Ringe in 1910 a.d. hall is very beautiful with 8 pillars resembling Cyprus throne tree. Idol of Vinayaka sitting on stone throne, faces east and its trunk is left turned the shining diamonds are embedded in the eyes and naval. The background is of silver where one finds Riddhi and Siddhi waving Chamaras.

Temple complex has a big bell made in Europe.after defeating Portuguese in Vasai and Sasthi, Chimaji Appa brought these bells and offered them at different Ashtavinayak places.


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