Varad Vinayak Mahad

Location : Near Khopoli | Category : Religious Places | Distance from Pune : 85 KMs
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Varadvinayak, is one of the Ashtavinayak temples. It is located in Mahad village situated in Khalapur taluka near Karjat and Khopoli at around 85 kms from Pune. The temple was built (restored) by Peshwa General Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar in 1725 AD.

It was said that Prince Rukmangad was cursed by Mukunda and he died. Lord Indra and Mukunda's son Grutsamada when came real story then he cursed Mukunda. In turn Mukunda cursed Grutsamad to have demon child, that child was Tripurasur. Gritsamada asks Ganesh to bless the forest, so that any devotees who pray here will be successful, and also urged Ganesha to stay there permanently and asked for knowledge of Brahma. Grutsamada is known as the creator of the Ganana Twam mantra. Grutsamada built a temple there and the Ganesha idol installed there is called Varadvinayak. Today the forest is known as Bhadrak.

The idol of this temple Varada Vinayak is a swayambhu (self originated) and was found in the adjoining lake in an immersed position in 1690 AD. This temple is said to be built in 1725 AD by Subhedar Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar. The temple premises are on one side of a beautiful pond. The idol of this temple faces the east and has his trunk turned to the left. There is an oil lamp in this shrine which is said to be burning continuously since 1892. This temple also has the idol of Mushika, Navagraha Devtas and Shivalinga. There are 4 elephant idols guarding the 4 sides of the temple. In this Ashta Vinayak Temple devotees can enter the Garbhagriha and pay their homage and respects to the idol personally.

Devotees visit the Varadvinayak shrine throughout the year. It is said that if the coconut received as prasad during Maghi Chaturthi is consumed, one will be blessed with a son. Hence the temple is especially full with devotees during Maghi Utsav.

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