January 20, 2018

My TripAdvisor Review No.283: Girijatmaka Temple, Lenyadri, Junnar, Maharashtra.

Lord Ganesh Temple in a Cave.

The Girijatmaka Ganpati temple is located in the Lenyadri Caves about 5 km from Junnar. It is one of the eight Ashtavinayaks and the devotees visit it as the 6th temple in the sequence of eight. It is also known as Girijatmaj, which means son of Girija or Parvati Devi.

Since it is inside a cave we had to climb up a series of more than 300 steps to reach the caves. The idol is carved out of the back wall of the cave number 8, in a line of about 10 other ancient Buddhist caves. ‘Palki’ (palanquin) services are available for the old and unfit who are unable to climb up by themselves.

We had to pay a vehicle entry fee of Rs.10, and another Rs.20 for parking. We also had to pay a darshan fee of Rs.5 each before starting the climb. There are many small restaurants and stalls where you can buy offerings and flowers, as well as fresh grapes and ‘kishmish’ (dried grapes). The grapes are grown in the nearby farms and are absolutely fresh.

The cave temple was very nice and we got a feel of the divine presence of Lord Ganesh. We also got excellent views of the landscape and the Kukadi River from the top.

The Girijatmaka Temple and the Buddhist caves at Lenyadri is definitely worth a visit.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC