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Shri Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali

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Shri Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali
Brahmanda Guruji Shri Narendra Babu Sharmaji spoke on this temple in his Bruhat Brahmanda programme telecasted in Zee Kannada Channel while speaking on 32 Forms of Ganapathi. Guruji related this temple to Ashwini Nakshatra.

Ballaleshwar Pali temple is one of the eight temples of Lord Ganesha, Ashtavinayak. Among Astavinayakas, Pali's Ballaleshwar is the only vinayak who is famous by his devotee's name. It is located in village Pali which is at a distance of 30 km from Karjat in Sudhagad taluka of Raigad district. It is situated between fort Sarasgad and the river Amba.

Shri Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali
About this sacred Temple
The original wooden temple was re-built with rock by Mr. Phadanvis during 1760's. The temple is facing towards East. Two small lakes are built near the temple. Water from the right side lake is used for Lord Ganesha's worship and other auspicious occasions. During Southern declination of the sun the rays directly fall on the idol of Lord Ballaleshwar. The temple is very strong while building the walls of the temple, lead was put in it. The pinnacle of the temple was build by bricks and a small room was built inside the pinnacle. there is a terrace in front of the room.

Shri Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali
There are two naves in the temple. The inner or main nave is bigger the naves were built in such a way that all right directions are covered in it. It is like an octagon. The height of the main nave is 15 feet and the height of other nave is 12 feet where the statue of mouse holding modak in its two legs was installed.

This is story of Krityuga in the country Sindhu. In the village of Pali there was a businessman called Kalyan & his wife Indumati. They had a son Ballal who was a staunch devotee of Ganpati. Along with other children Ballal used to worship with small stones being treated as Gods. Once the children went outside the village & saw a big stone. At the insistence of Ballal, the children treated the stone as Ganpati & started worshipping. All of them got so engrossed that they forgot about hunger & thirst or about day or night.

Shri Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali
Their parents were waiting for the children at their homes. When the children did not return on time, they all went to Kalyan's house and complained about Ballal. Kalyan seth become furious took a stick and went in search of children. He saw children listening Ganesh purana outside the village. In rage he broke the small temples built by the children who fled away. Ballal was caught by his father while submerged in meditation and was beaten until he bled. His father tied him to a tree and smashed all the pooja materials collected by the children. He threw away the big stone which children treated as Ganpati. "Let me see which God protects you now" he said, and went home.After being tied up Ballal cursed whoever had done it.He said,"Let them become blind, deaf, dumb and hunchbacked".Though he was affected by pain, hunger and thirst, he kept on chanting the name of Gajanan till he fainted.Ballal entreated Vinayaka to appear. Lord Ganpati was moved by the child's devotion and appeared in the form of a Brahmin before Ballal & touched him. Ballal's thirst and hunger vanished, wounds were healed & he felt a new vigour moving in his body. He prostrated before the Brahmin whom he recognised as Gajanan & worshipped him. Ganpati told Ballal to ask for a boon. Ballal said " Let me have unshaken devotion towards you. You must stay at this place & remove the miseries of the people, who come to you." Ganesh said, "I shall ever remain here in my part form, I will take your name before mine & be called as Ballal Vinayak." Then he embraced Ballal & vanished into the nearby stone. Then the stone's cracks disappeared,and was whole again.

Shri Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali
That stone statue is called Ballaleshwar. The stone idol which Kalyan vaishya threw away is also called as Dhundi Vinayak. This is a swayambhoo Moorti. It is worshipped before Ballaleshwar is worshipped.

The murti
Shri Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali
The murti of Vinayaka, sits on a stone throne. It faces east and with its trunk turned left, sitting against a background of silver which displays Riddhi and Siddhi waving chamaras. The idol's eyes and navel contain diamonds.

Temple Schedule:
Shri Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali
The Ballaleshwar Ashta Vinayak Temple opens daily at 5.00 am and closes at 11.30 pm. Please note that the outer sanctum of the temple closes at 10.30 pm. On Chaturthi days, the timing of pooja is between 6.00 am to 9.00 am and on these days, the Ganesha idol is offered panchamrut snanam (bath), Royal dress, Naivadya, Aarti, Palakhi and mantrapushpam in the evening.

Temple Address & Contact Details
Contact : Shri Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali,
Tal. Sudhagad, Dist. Raigad Pin- 410205
Tel : 952142 – 242 263, 242 383
Bhakta Niwas – 241129


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