Ganesha the Hindu God of unity prosperity and learning is one of the most worshipped Hindu gods all over the world. He is also called Siddivinayak as, it is so believed that he will fulfil all your wishes and will grant you with loads of knowledge if he is impressed with you. It is a part of the Ashtvinayak Temples that are located in and around Pune and dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Here are a few interesting facts about the temple.
Significance- There is a lot of significance of Siddhivinayak temple. It is said that it is very difficult to please this form of Ganesha. The trunk of this deity is turned in the right side and this is one of the most popular forms of Ganapati. This is a Swambhu (not made by man) form of Ganesha. The main idol is kept in a brass frame. It is about three feet tall and 2.5 feet wide. The idol also has his consorts Riddhi and Siddhi sitting on his laps and its stomach is not too wide as compared to the other Ganesha idols. The temple faces north. Tourists keep on flanking the place in huge numbers all round the year. There is also a place near the temple shrine where the sage Ved Vyasa used to perform sacrifices. But, it is covered by water now.
History- The Siddivinayak Temple is believed to be primarily built by Lord Vishnu, though later it was rebuilt by the Peshwas. According to one of the most popular Hindu beliefs, it is so said that while Lord Brahma was on his way to create the world, Lord Vishnu fell asleep. Two demons came out of his ears and started troubling everyone. Upon the request of all Gods Lord Vishnu tried to kill them, but failed. He then stated worshipping Ganesha. With his blessings he could finally defeat the demons.
Hence the place is called Siddhatek and Lord Ganesha is called Siddhivinayak.
Location- Siddhivinayak temple is located in remote village of Siddhatek, about 200 km east of Pune, Maharashtra. There are all three ways of travelling to the place. You can take the road, rail or air to reach this religious place.
Road: Buses are available from Pune to Daund, a village which is just about 1km away from Siddhatek. From there you can opt for a boat to go to the temple.
Rail: Daund Junction Railway Station is the nearest railway station. And it is well connected to Pune and Mumbai, which are in turn well connected to other cities in the country.
Air: The nearest airport would be Mumbai airport. This is an international airport and is well connected by air to the rest of the airports in the country.
You should visit Siddhivinayak temple because it is a place of spiritual reawakening.