Siddhatek Ashtavinayak Mandir is also known as Siddhivinayak Temple is situated in the village of Siddhatek, Ahmednagar District, state of Maharashtra and also one of the Ashtavinayaka Temples. Ashtavinayaka temples are the eight holy temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed, who is called as the god of wisdom. Siddhivinayak Temple is the only Ashtavinayaka temple located in the district of Ahmednagar. The Ashtavinayaka Temples are:
- Shri Ballaleshwar Temple
- Shree Chintamani Vinayaka Temple
- Girijatmaj Temple
- Mahaganpati Mandir, Ranjangaon
- Mayureshwar Ganpati Mandir
- Siddhatek Ashtavinayak Mandir
- Varad Vinayak Ganpati Mandir, Mahad
- Vighnahar Ganesh Temple, Ozar
The original Siddhivinayak Temple was believed to be built by Lord Vishnu, and it was destroyed over time. And later, the vision of idol was found by a cowherd and soon people came to worship the shrine. The present structure of the temple was built in 1700’s by Ahilyabai Holkar, was the Holkar Queen of the Maratha ruled Malwa kingdom. There is a Nagarkhana (chamber) in the temple which stores Nagaras (kettle drums) and there is also a covered pathway to the main entrance of the temple, which was built by Sardar Haripant Phadke, an authority official with the Peshwa rulers.
Haripant Phadke was said to have got the role of commander-in-chief by praying to the deity of Lord Siddhivinayak 21 times every day and circumbulating the temple for 21 times. The broken Sabha mandapa (assembly hall) of the temple which was earlier built by Mairal, a landlord from Braoda, was also rebuilt in 1970. The saint Morya Gosavi, a prominent saint of the Hindu Ganapatya sect, which considers the elephant-faced god Ganesha as the Supreme Being, and Narayan Maharaj, a Hindu Indian spiritual master considered by his followers to be a sadguru, are said to the worshipped at this temple and attained Siddhi.
The presiding deity of this Siddhivinayak Temple is Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom, who is called here by the name Lord Siddhivinayak. The idol is believed to be Swayambu (self-manifested). Lord Gnaesha is seen with Goddess Siddhi, the consort of Lord Ganesha, who is often with garlands and flowers. Unlike the other temples, the trunk of the sacred idol of Lord Ganesha here is tilted towards its right. Usually the trunk of Lord Ganesha in every other temples are seen to be tilted to its left. And there is a mythology that the right tilted Ganesha is very hard to please but considered to be more powerful.
It was a followed tradition that the right tilted idol of Lord Ganesha is called as the Siddhi Vinayaka, who is known to be the “giver of accomplishment or success”. And hence the temple is called as Jagrut Kshetra, where the peculiar form of Lord Ganesha is considered to be more powerful. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple stands at a height of 15 feet and 10 feet wide. The sanctum sanctorum has the presence of Jaya and Vijaya, the two demigod Dvarapala (gatekeepers) of the abode of Lord Vishnu, sculptured with brass.
The Siddhivinayak temple is constructed using black stone and the temple faces towards the north direction. The specific feature of the temple is that the doorway of the main temple contains a small diabolic head sculpture. The temple contains a special image of Shiva-Panchayatana, the worship of five deities, where the idol of Lord Shiva is surround by Lord Ganesha, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Devi and the Sun god Surya.
- Ganesh Pooja – 4.30 AM to 5.00 AM
- Offering of Khichadi Neivedyam – 10.00 AM
- Panchamurti Pooja – 11.00 AM
- Offereing of Mahanaivedyam – 12.00 noon
- Dhooparati – 8.30 p.m. to 9.15
- Ganesha Chaturthi – August/September
- Ganesha Jayanti – January/February
- Vijayadashami – October
State transport buses are available at the stop Shirapur, which is about 1 km prior to Siddhatek. The temple is also accessible from the small village of Shirapur in Pune district, on the southern bank of the river, from where it can be reached by boat.
Nearest railway station to Siddhivinayak temple is Daund lies on Pune-Solapur railway line, which is about 19 km from Siddhatek.
The nearest major airport is Pune Airport. This airport has regular international and domestic flights and is located 119 km from Ahmadnagar.
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