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Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir, Siddhivinayak Darshan, History of Siddhivinayak

Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir, Siddhivinayak Darshan, History of Siddhivinayak

Ashtavinayak - Siddhivinayak - Introduction

Introduction

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Introduction: 
   
Considered the third among Ashtavinayak, Siddhivinayak is situated in Siddhtek, in the district of Ahmednagar.
    
The local village here is Shirapur, situated on the border of Pune district, from where Siddhtek is about 1½ km. The Bhima River separates Shirapur and Siddhtek.
    
Siddhivinayak is the only idol with the trunk towards the right. This form of Ganpati is considered very dynamic.
    
The temple is managed by the Chinchwad Dev Sthan.
    
The Siddhtek region is detached from modern lifestyle even today. Tourists from Mumbai make it a point to taste Bhakhri made of jowar and bajra, and red-hot chilly chutney.

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Mythological Beliefs

Mythological Beliefs: 
   
This form of Ganpati is believed to fulfil all the desires of its devotees hence it was named as Siddhivinayak and the place as Siddhtek.
    
  According to the Puranas, Shrihari Vishnu attained Siddhi (accomplishment) at this place which helped him defeat the demons Madhu and Kaitabh.
      
Moriya Goswami of Chinchwad and Narayan Goswami of Kodgaon also attained Siddhis over here.
    
Another belief about the place is that the creator of the Vedas, Ved Vyas, also meditated here before authoring the Vedas, thus pleasing Ganesh.
    
Haripant Phadke, the General of Madhavrao Peshwa’s army, regained his lost post of a General with the blessings of Siddhivinayak.
   
It is believed that Ganpati form had vanished in the middle ages and was later found by a shepherd. He would bathe the idol with the Bhima River waters and offer his food to the Lord. Later he got the idol reinstated with the help of Brahmin priests.
 

Historical Facts

History: 
   
According to local sources, Ganesh worship was popularised in this region by Chhatrapati Shivaji, who had an objective of attaining Swadharm (religious freedom) and Swarajya (self rule) .
    
Haripant Phadke, the General of Madhavrao Peshwa (1761-72) built the temple entrance and the road after the conquest of the Badami Fort.
    
The Garbhagriha of the temple was built in the latter half of the 18th century by the renowned Queen Ahilyabai Holkar.
    
The Sabhamandap (hall) was built in the 19th century by Navkot Narayan Mairal of Baroda.
    
In 1970, a number of constructions were carried out when the old Sabhamandap was replaced by a new one and a huge Nagadkhana was made at the entrance.
   
A Vishnu Temple is being built on a hill, to the right of this temple. The Bhima River appears very pleasant from here.
 

Main Places To See

Main Places To See: 
    
Shri Siddhivinayak Temple:
 
This is a north facing temple situated on the Bhim Hill. The temple houses a 3-feet tall idol of Lord Vinayak with the trunk turned towards the right. Riddhi and Siddhi are seated on his lap with idols of Jai and Vijay installed on either side. The belly of Ganpati is relatively small. About 50 yards from the temple is the huge Mahadwar (gate).
    
Shri Vishnu Temple:
 
Situated on hillock, in between the Siddhivinayak Temple and the Bhima River, this temple is currently under renovation. It is believed that Lord Vishnu had worshipped Ganesh at this place.
    
Bhim Hill (Siddhtek Hill):
 
This currently looks like a tall hillock on which a huge water tank has been built. An administration office and a Dev Sthan Niwas Griha (lodge) are being built in the rear portion of the temple. Devotees are known to circumnavigate this hill.
 

Main Festivals

Main Festivals: 
   
Bhadra Shukla Chaturthi (August):
 
This Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated for 5 days (Pratipada to Panchami). On this occasion, the temple is decorated beautifully with Mahapuja being organised during the day and a palanquin procession during the night.
   
Magh Shukla Chaturthi (January-February):
 
This festival is larger and more attractive than the one on Bhadra Chaturthi and is also celebrated for 5 days. The entire festival expense is borne by the jagirdar.
 

Where To Stay

Where To Stay : 
   
Dharamshalas
 
Siddhivinayak Lodging and Boarding is the only option for staying here.
 
Besides, the temple purohits also make arrangements for stay and food for tourists on an advance notice.
   
Hotels:
 
 Category
 General
 Name
 Silver Inn Hotel
 Address
 973, Near Cantonment Bazaar, Gaffar Baig Street, Pune
 Telephone
 +91 - 20 - 2634 0040
 Fax
 +91 - 20 - 2633 4458
   
 
 Category
 General
 Name
 Varsha Hotel
 Address
 Near Ladkat Petrol Pump, Mangalwar Peth, Pune
 Telephone
 +91 - 20 - 2612 7450
   
 
 Category
 General
 Name
 Maheshwari Bhakt Niwas
 Address
 Morgaon
 Telephone
 +91 - 2112 - 279236
   
 
 Category
 General
 Name
 Ashoka Hotel
 Address
 Peshwe Park, Nilayam Cinema, Pune
 Telephone
 +91 - 20 - 2433 3222
 Fax
 +91 - 20 - 2433 8111
 E-mail
 Website
 www.hotelashoka.com
   
 
 Category
 Medium
 Name
 Beverly Hill
 Address
 Plot No. 178, 179, 180, Lalla Nagar, Mount Carmel School, Pune
 Telephone
 +91 - 20 - 2683 7000
 Fax
 +91 - 20 - 268 3330
 E-mail
 Website
   
 
 Category
 Medium
 Name
 Ashirwad Hotel
 Address
 16, Sadhu Vaswani Road, Police Station Road, Pune
 Telephone
 +91 - 20 - 2612 8585
 Fax
 +91 - 20 - 2612 6121
 E-mail
 Website
   
 
 Category
 Medium
 Name
 Parichay Hotel
 Address
 1199/1-A, F. C. Road, Pune
 Telephone
 +91 - 20 - 2553 1511
 Website
   
 
 Category
 High
 Name
 Park Ornate Hotel
 Address
 TCS and Siddharth Complex, Nagar Road, Pune
 Telephone
 +91 - 20 - 4100 2200
 Fax
 +91 - 20 - 4100 2222
 E-mail
 Website
   
 
 Category
 High
 Name
 Central Park Hotel
 Address
 Bund Garden Road, Amar-Avinash Corporate City,
 Council Hall & Annexe, Pune
 Telephone
 +91 - 20 - 4010 4000
 Fax
 +91 - 20 - 2605 0211
 E-mail
 Website
   
 
 Category
 High
 Name
 Gordon House
 Address
 132/2 A, University Road, Ganeshkhind, Pune
 Telephone
 +91 - 20 - 6604 4100
 Fax
 +91 - 20 - 6604 4244
 E-mail
 Website
 

Location/Climate

Location/Climate: 
 
Location
 
 Geographical  Location  Height  Above  Sea Level  Average Annual Rainfall
 Latitude  Longitude  1830 feet  650 mm
 18.3˚ N  74˚ E
 
 
Temperature

Temperature is given in degrees Celsius.

 
 Month  Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct   Nov    Dec
 Maximum 
31
33
36
38
37
32
28
28
29
32
31
30
 Minimum
12
13
17
21
23
23
23
22
21
19
15
12
 
 
Important Informations
Siddhtek is situated on the banks of the Bhima River which separates the districts of Pune and Ahmednagar. Here, the Bhima River flows southwards.
The ideal time to visit Siddhtek is between October and March.
The temperature in the summers reaches a maximum of 40˚ and a minimum of 22˚ while that in the winters is a maximum of 24˚ and a minimum of 9˚.

General Information

General Information: 
 
 STD Code
 02563
 Puja Timings
5.00 a.m.-10.00 p.m.
 Police Assistance
 Police Headquarter
 Tel: +91 - 241 - 2416114
 Ambulance/Hospital
 Civil Hospital
 Tel: +91 - 241 - 2430127
 Currency  Exchange
 Bank of Maharashtra,
 Sachdev Vihar Nagar, Manmad Road, Savedi,
 Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - 414 001
 Bank of Baroda,
 Sangamner, Village & Post-Ahmednagar,
 Maharashtra - 422 605
 ATM Centre  ICICI Bank,
 Ahmednagar Branch, Ambar Plaza,
 Old S. T. Stand Road, Ahmednagar - 380 009
 SBI,
 Main Branch, Near G.P.O., Ahmednagar,
 Maharashtra - 414 001
 Post Office
 Ahmednagar
 Tourist Office
 Block Central Building,
 Pune - 411 001, Tel: +91 - 20 - 2612 6867
   
 
Food
Tourists can buy traditional Marathi food like bhakri made of jowar and bajra, pitla made of besan, and green chilly chutney (Thecha) from the local women folk.

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Airports in the vicinity: 
Mumbai
Pune
Railway: 
 Main Railway Stations  Station Code
 Mumbai CST  CSTM
 Lokmanya Tilak(T)  LTT
 Ahmednagar  ANG
 Pune  Pune
Road Distance from Destinations: 
 Mahad  Mumbai  193 km
 Pune  74 km
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 Mumbai  335 km
 Pune  115 km
 Ozar  Mumbai  171 km
 Pune  82 km
 Lenyadri  Mumbai  148 km
 Pune  102 km
 Theur  Mumbai  201 km
 Pune  25 km
 Siddhtek  Mumbai  275 km
 Pune  100 km
 Morgaon  Mumbai  250 km
 Pune  71 km
 Ranjangaon  Mumbai  225 km
 Pune  50 km