Pune: Vigneshwara Temple, Ozar donation box, Chhatri robbed

Police at Vishneshwar Temple Ozar
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Pune, 27 July 2020: In the wee hours on Tuesday, two thieves broke into the Vigneshwara Temple in Ozar and stole a donation box and 2 kg silver umbrella (with gold polish) from the temple which is about 85 km from Pune city, in Junnar taluka of Pune district. The temple is one of the Ashtavinayak pilgrimage sites.


As soon as the news spread in the village, many people gathered at the temple. Sarpanch Asmita Kavde urged the Pune rural police to conduct an investigation as soon as possible. After getting information, senior police officers including Additional SP (Pune division) Vivek Patil, DySP (Junnar) Dipali Khanna and Local Crime Branch (LCB) Police Inspector Padmakar Ghanwat rushed to the spot.


According to police, the theft took place at the temple around 3 am. CCTV cameras have captured two persons entering the temple premises. Police inspected the temple and the surrounding area. Some stolen items were found at a distance from the temple.


The Vigneshwara Temple or Vighnahar Ganapati Temple of Ozar is one of the Ashtavinayak, the eight revered shrines of Lord Ganesh in Maharashtra. In 1785, Bajirao Peshwa’s brother Chimaji Appa renovated the temple and covered the spire with gold.