The Ozar Ganpati Temple Vigneshwar is located at a distance of about 100 km from Pune enroute to Nasik. Ozarcha Shri Vigneshwara is considered to be one of the Ashtavinayak shrines of Maharashtra, celebrating eight instances of legends related to Ganesha.
Legend has it that a demon by name Vignaasura created obstacles to every good deed performed by the sages and the other inhabitants of the world. Responding to the pleas of the sages, Ganesha set out to battle the demon Vignaasura who quickly realizing his weakness surrendered to Ganesha, and agreed to stop his misdeeds. He also requested Ganesha to take up the name Vigneshwar in connection with his surrender. Legend also has it that the very same sages installed an image of Vigneshwara at Ozar on Ganesh Chaturti and offered worship.
An east facing image of Ganesha flanked by his consorts Siddhi and Riddhi is enshrined in this grand temple which has interesting features such as a spacious courtyard, a grand entrance, sculptural and mural work. The image of Ganesha is decorated with precious and semi precious stones.
By Road: In Junnar taluka of Pune district, Ozar is at a distance of 12 kms. from Narayangaon.
Note: In the morning go to Ozar and have Darshan of Vighneshwara at Ozar. In the evening you can enjoy a visit to fort Shivneri. On the second day go and have blessings of Girijatmaj at Lenyadri.
The Bhakta Bhavan (Tel: 02132-288330/ 440 & Tariff: Rs 200-250) has decent rooms and is the only stay option at Ozar. The temple provides lunch as Prasad from noon-2 pm (Rs 20 per meal). Else, small eateries are located outside the temple, which provide basic food items.
In addition to Bhadrapada and Magh Shuddha Chaturthi, there is another festival of 5 days from Kartiki Purnima to Chaturthi. There is beautiful lightening (Deep Mala) arrangement during that period.
Official Website: http://www.shrivighnaharganpatiozar.org/