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Siddhatek : Shree Siddhivinayak
Siddhatek lies in Karjat taluka of Ahmednagar district.It is situated on the banks of river Bhima. Wheat and Sugarcane fields are seen everywhere.Small houses covered with grass and walls made up of soil is speciality of this area. Siddhi Vinayak at Siddhatek is said to have come to the aid of Mahavishnu as he was engaged in a long battle with the demons Madhu and Kaitabha.
Mythological Story
This story pertains to Tretayug. Once Brahmadev performed penances of Shree Ganesh by chanting his one letter mantra with a desire to create world. Shree Ganesh was pleased and gave him boon.Lord Brahma created three classes namely Brahmins, Kshatriyas & shudras from his arms and thighs. Moon from his heart, Sun from his eyes, heaven from head, air and life from his ear and earth from his legs. After that he created sea , river , trees, etc.When Lord Brahma was busy in creating world, Lord Vishnu was sleeping enjoying his yognidra. After a passage of time two demons Madhu & Kaitabha were created from the dirt in Vishnu's ear.They started harrassing Brahmadeva. On Bhrama Dev's urge Nidradevi left Vishnu so that he can destroy the demons. Vishnu got up & started fighting but in vain.Lord Vishnu after years stopped war and in the guise of Gandharva starts singing Veena.Lord Shankara on hearing it called Lord Vishnu & asked for the boon.Vishnu told Lord Shankara story of Madhu & Kaitabha & asked him to find a way out to kill the demons.Shankar told Lord Vishnu that he did not get victory because before starting the war he forgot to remember Gajanan.He gave Vishnu a six letter Ganesh Mantra & asked him to go to Siddhi Kshetra for meditation. Lord Vishnu built a big temple with four gates & consecrated a Ganesha idol there made up of stone from Gandaki river. The place is called Siddhatek as Shri Vishnu got his siddhi there & that Ganesha is called Siddhivinayak. Vinayaka being happy with his worship gave him capacity to destroy Madhu & Kaitabha.Vishnu came back and easily kills them.
About Idol
The idol is swayambhu, three feet tall, facing north with his trunk turned right. Idol is Gajmukh, however belly of the idol is not big. Riddhi & Siddhi are sitting on one lap of Vnayaka. Face is very calm & serene. The pradakshana (circumnavigation) of this God is said to be very fruitful. One has to travel 5 kms to complete one Pradakshana as the idol is attached to the hill itself.
About Temple
Shree Siddhivinayak's temple is on hill top facing north. Sanctum of the temple , which is fifteen feet high & ten feet broad was built by Ahilyabai Holkar. The swayambhu idol of Shree Siddhivinayaka is placed in brass frame. Brass idols of Jay & Vijay are placed on both sides of Siddhivinayaka. In the sanctum itself there is a Shivapanchayatan & goddess Shivai's small temple. Hall of the temple was built by Baroda's landlord late Shri Mairal. It was broken in 1939 & was rebuilt by all Ganesh devotees in 1970. Nagarkhana on the main gate was built in memory of Shree Haripant. Phadke.
Geographical Location
Siddhatek is situated on the banks of river Bhima .It lies in Karjat taluka of Ahmednagar district.For going to Siddhatek Daund is convenient railway station on Pune - Solapur railway line.Its at a distance of 96 kms from Pune. State transport buses stop 1 km prior to Siddhatek at Shirapur. Frequency of state transport makes the destination easy to approach.
Other Important Information
The temple is under the control of Chinchwad Temple Trust.A very good arrangement of lodging & boarding can be made by Shree Gajanan purohit who is ancestral poojary of Siddhatek .Advance correspondence can be made at following address : Ved Murty Shree Gajanan R,.Purohit At-Siddhatek, Po - Jalalpur, Tal. Karjat Dist. Ahmednagar. Tel.-STD - 02489/22760 & 22316
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