Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhatek
About Siddhivinayak Temple,
Siddhatek Siddhivinayak Temple is the temple of Lord Ganesha which considers as the second temple visited by devotees who set out on the Ashtavinayak Yatra. The temple is located on the northern bank of the river Bhima in Siddhatek village in the Karjat taluka of Ahmednagar district of Indian state of Maharashtra. Siddhatek Siddhivinayak Temple is only Ashtavinayaka shrine in Ahmednagar district. The temple hall was built by a landlord of Baroda. It was broken in 1939 and rebuilt in 1970 by devotees of Ganesha.
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.
The original temple is believed to be built by Vishnu and it was destroyed over time. The idol is Gajmukh, however, the belly of the idol is not big. Riddhi & Siddhi are sitting on each lap of Vinayaka. The face is very calm & serene. The Siddhivinayak temple at Siddhatek is on a hill and faces the north. Siddhatek temple trust is under control of Chinchwad Temple Trust. After taking bath, only a few selected people can worship the idol by touching it. A beautiful temple of Goddess Yamai at Rashin is just 22 kilometers from Siddhatek is the nearest attraction for all tourist.
The nearest major airport is Pune Airport. This airport has regular international and domestic flights and is located 119 km from Ahmadnagar.
Nearest railway station to Siddhivinayak temple is Daund lies on Pune-Solapur railway line, which is about 19 km from Siddhatek.
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.
- Ganesha Chaturthi – August/September
- Ganesha Jayanti – January/February
- Vijayadashami – October
- Ganesh Pooja – 4.30 AM to 5.00 AM
- The offering of Khichadi Neivedyam – 10.00 AM
- Panchamurti Pooja – 11.00 AM
- The offering of Mahanaivedyam – 12.00 noon
- Dhooparati – 8.30 p.m. to 9.15