VARADVINAYAK (at Mahad)

VaradVinayak VaradVinayak Main Gate VaradVinayak Temple

        The VaradVinayak Temple at Mahad is the Seventh Ganesha temple to be visited during the Asthavinayak Darshan tour. This idol too is Swyambhu and the temple is actually recognised as a Math.

         Lord Ganesha as Varad Vinayak fulfills all desires and grants all boons. This region was known as Bhadrak or Madhak in ancient times. In the temple of Varadvinayak, one Nandadeep (Lamp) is alighten for last 107 years. The temple is very simply designed with a tiled roof, a dome and a golden summit (Kalas) which has a carving of a cobra (also a deity revered by Hindus).

         There is a famous story related to the temple: a devotee dreamt of an idol fallen in the pond behind the temple. Accordingly the devotee searched the pond and discovered the idol. This idol was then installed in the temple and is now the main idol. The idol has a right sided trunk. There is a stone arched recess in which the idol is installed on a throne.

        Shree Dhondu Paudkar in 1690 A.D. found the swayambhu idol of Shree Varadvinayak in a lake. This idol was kept in a nearly goddess temple for some time. The famed Varad Vinayak temple was built in 1725 by peshava sardar Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar & he gifted this to the village. The structure of the temple looks like a ordinary house. The mysterious idol of lord Ganesh was found under the well behind temple, and this is the main center of attraction. There is a Gomukh towards nort, a visage of a cow from which flows the tirth holy water.

        There are 4 elephant idols guarding the 4 sides of the temple. Temple is 8 feet long & 8 feet broad. Dome is 25 feet high with golden pinnacle.In this Ashta Vinayak Temple devotees can enter the Garbagriha and pay their homage and respects to the idol personally. Two stones idol of Riddhi & Siddhi will be seen in the sanctum. Two Ganesh idol are situated in the two corners. Idol in the left corner is smeared in vermillion & idol in the right corner is made up of white marble with trunk turned to right. The sanctum made up of stone & surrounded by beautiful carved stone elephant carvings, houses the idol. The idol is in sitting position, with the trunk turned left. the idol faces east.

Daily Schedule in VaradVinayak Temple (at Mahad)

Lord Varada Vinayak is worshipped in the morning, noon and night times. The temple trust has offered a unique opportunity to any devotee who donates Rs31000/- to the temple. Such a devotee is given an entire day, to not only worship the God but also run the entire temple the way he would wish. The individual along with the family members can worship the lord for an entire day the temple priests will not in anyway interfere with the proceedings for that day.

Festivals in VaradVinayak Temple at Mahad

In the month of Bhadrapad shuddh ( the waxing period) from first day to panchami and in the month of Magh shuddh till panchami, major festivals are celebrated in this temple.

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