The Siddhi Vinayak temple at Siddhatek is located at a distance of about 200 km east of Pune. Siddhatekcha Shri Siddhivinayak Ganpati Temple is considered is to be one of the Ashtavinayak Shrines of Maharashtra, celebrating eight instances of legends related to Ganesha.
Legend has it Mahavishnu who was engaged in a serious battle against the demons Madhu and Kaitabha, was dismayed by his inability to bring the battle to a quick and decisive finish. Shiva advised him to propitate Ganesha. Upon doing so, Ganesha appeared on the battlefield, and his appearance strengthened Mahavishnu’s resolve and abilities and enabled him to vanquish the demons with ease. Ganesha’s appearance on the battlefield is marked by the Siddhivinayak shrine at Siddhatek, said to be capable of granting Siddhi.
Mahavishnu is worshipped as the destroyer of the demons Madhu and Kaitabha at Tiruvallur near Chennai in Tamilnadu, and as the restorer of the Vedas from the same demons, at Indalur in Mayiladuturai near Thanjavur again in Tamilnadu, both these temples being over 1200 years old.
The Siddhatek Siddhivinayak temple is a hill temple, built by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar, who is also credited with rebuilding the Vishnu Pada temple at Gaya, the Vishwanath temple at Benares and several other temples. Ganesha is enshrined in a seated posture with his consorts Siddhi and Riddhi.
Temple is opened at 4.00 o’clock in the morning. From 4.30 a.m. to 5.00 o’clock Ganesh Pooja is performed.
Khichadi Naivedyam is offered at 10.00 o’clock in the morning, Panchamrut (milk, curd, honey, ghee) pooja is done at 11.00 a.m. and Mahanaivedyam is offered at 12.00 noon.
Third pooja is performed after sunset. Dhooparati takes place from 8.30 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. and the temple closes for the day.
Bhadrapada and Magh Shudh Pratipada to Panchami (from 1st day to 5th day) are celebrated on grand scale. Maha Pooja and Maha Naivedyam is offered continously for three days. Palanquin of Siddhivinayak is set out at 8.00 p.m. for continously 3 nights. Shree Dharanidhar Chintaman Dev is landlord of Siddhatek. Morning Kapoor (camphor) Aarti is sponsored by him. Land revenue is utilised towards expenses of festivals, Naivedyam and Nandadeep. Large number of devotees attend Magh festival.
Situated on the banks of river Bhima Siddhatek lies in Karjat taluka of Ahmednagar district. Wheat & Suggarcane fields are seen every where. Small houses covered with grass & walls made up of soil is speciality of this area. Herds of animals & sheeps will be seen grazing on expanded fields.
By Road: Daund is convenient railway station on Pune – Solapur railway line.(Dhund is at 78 kms from Pune via Hadapsar-Loni-Yavat-Chaufula & Patas).
Siddhatek does not have any good accommodation. By the banks of the Bhima, on the Pune side, one can find village women preparing wholesome, tasty Maharashtrian food. For Rs 35 per meal, diners may have unlimited bhakri (rotis made with a choice of jowar/ bajra/ wheat flour, on stone stoves), pithala (a thick gram flour preparation) and some vegetable dish. After the long drive to Siddhatek and the short climb to the temple, this break is welcome.
Siddhatek Siddhivinayak Temple, Bhakt Niwas Phone No: +91-9420944734