Morgaon is situated on the banks of river Karha which comes in Baramati
Taluka in Pune District.It is said that the shape of this place
is like a peacock and that once upon a time there were many peacocks
in this region and therefore this place is called as 'Morgoan'.
Shree Mayureshwar's Temple:
Mumbai one can go to Pune, from Pune one can reach Morgoan in
the following ways:
transport buses are available from Pune's swargate bus depot.
On Pune-Solapur railway line, get down at Neera railway station
and go to Morgoan by bus.
On Pune-Solapur highway Morgoan lies at a distance of 56 kms.
The main temple facing towards the north is in the center of village
& looks like a small Fortress or chateu
The temple complex comprising of a dome,
surrounded by a 50 feet high enclosure & decked with four pillars
in each corners, potrays from afar an image of a Mosque.
While going towards the temple a huge Deep-Mala (stone pillar
for oil lamps) will be seen at first. In front of this Deep-Mala,
there is one Nagarkhana (where kettledrums are kept). Near
this Nagarkhana, there is a mouse made up of black stone.,
holding Laddu in his front legs. On climbing the steps you
will see a big 'Nandi' made up of black stone sitting in front of
main gate & facing towards Mayureshwar. But the question is, how
Nandi is present before Ganapati instead of Lord Shiva? You
will find answer to this question in this Legend:-
'Years ago, this Nandi was taken on a cart
for its consecration in front of a near by Shivalaya. However, the
cart carrying Nandi broke in front of Mayureshwar's temple & Nandi-Maharaj
sat before Mayureshwar's temple for ever. People tried their best
to shift Nandi from this place but Nandi did not move an inch. The
artisan carrying cart had omen in the night. Nandi apperared in
his dream & said," I want to stay before Mayureshwar only.
Don't try to shift me elsewhere forcefully, I won't come." People
left with no other alternative dropped the idea of shifting Nandi
to other place. Like this Nandiji was consecrated before Mayureshwar.'
The main temple is made up of black
stone. The temple constructed during Bahamani regime
was built in typical Moghule style by Mr Gole, a Hindu officer
in the court of Patshah
The temple has four gates. In the eastern
gate is Lakshminarayana, a giver of Dharma. In the Southern
gate are parvati & shankar, givers of Artha(desired goals).
Then comes western gate where Rati & Kama resides. Lastly
in the northern gate reside, Mahivaraha(Earth & Sun)
Thus all Deities & all sages resides in
this temple. In the eight corners, there are eight statues of Ganapati
called EKDANTA, MAHODARA, GAJANANA, LAMBODAR, VIKATA, VIGHARAJA,
DHUMRAVARNA & VAKRATUNDA.
In this temple complex there are tress
of Shami, Mandar & Tarati. The tree of Tarati is also called
as Kalpavruksha. Devotees meditate under this tree & attain
Before taking darshan of Mayureshwar, first
take darshan of 'nagnabhairava' on the left side of Mayureshwar
& offer him naivaidya of coconut & jaggery.
Nobody is allowed to enter the Sanctum
& do Pooja of Moreshwar on his own. The various virtuous deeds performed
here are Abhishek Pooja, Sahastravartan, JapaYadnya, Mahadwar
SHREE MAYURESHWAR'S IDOL:
The deity 'Moreshwara' inside the sanctum
is a very attractive. It is in sitting posture, facing east with
the trunk turning left & smeared with vermillion mixed in oil.
In its eyes & navel, diamonds are embedded. On its head is the hood
of Nagaraja. On left & right are brass idols of Siddhi &
front of the idol are the Mooshaka(Rat) & Mayura(peacock).
On doing Abhishek on 'Moreshwar' all desires are fulfilled.
The original idol of Moreshwar was small
in size. As many layers of vermillion are applied on it, it looks
bigger. Sometimes after 100& 125 years this armour of vermillion
casts off & original beautiful idol inside this armour is seen again.
It has been heard that Mayureshwar's armour had been cast off
in 1788 & 1822 A.D.
The original small idol was made up of
atoms of sand, iron & diamonds & it is behind the present
statue . It was consecrated by God Brahma. On its destruction
by demon Sindhurasur, God Brahma reconsecrated it twice. After few
years Pandavas came there for pilgrimage. They enclosed the
idol in tin sheet, So that nobody can try to destroy it.
Bhuswanandadhisho Mayureshwaro Vijayate ||