The Siddhi VinayakTemple at Siddhatek is one of the
renowned Ashta Vinayaka Temples in Maharashtra
and is situated off the Pune-Solapur highway at a distance of about 200 km east
of Pune. According to the Legend it is believed that it was on the SiddhtekMountain that Lord Vishnu invoked Lord
Ganesha during his battle with the demons Madhu and Kaitabha and acquired Siddhi
from him. This
is also said to be the place where Sage Bhrushandi and Vyas had performed
penances and attained Siddhi. This GaneshTemple
is on hill top facing north and built by the Peshwas. This
temple is located on the banks of BhimaRiver in a remote little village
called Siddhatek in Karjat Taluka in
Ahmadnagar District. The greenery and beauty of this area does not go unnoticed to anyone
visiting this place. Siddhi Vinayaka Temple of Siddhatek is the second Temple to be visited
during the Ashta Vinayak Mandir Yatra.
The three feet tall swayambhu (self
originated) idol of Shree Siddhi Vinayaka facing north with his trunk turned
towards the right is placed in brass frame. Lord Ganesh is in a sitting posture
with his wives Buddhi and Siddhi sitting on his lap. On both sides of Vinayaka
brass idols of Jay and Vijay are placed. The temple also houses the idols of
Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. One circumnavigation or pradakshana of the Ganesh
idol requires one to travel around 5 kilometers as the Siddhi Vinayaka Idol is
attached to the hill itself. The doors of this Temple are opened at around 4 AM for Darshan.
This Temple sees huge crowds during the annual Temple festivals of Ganesh
Jayanti, Vijayadashami and Somvati Amavasya etc.
One can reach Siddhi VinayakTemple either by bus
or by train. By rail one need to get down Daund or Boibel and from these
stations you can take the bus to reach the temple. Buses are available from
Pune and Daund to a village called Shirapur which is a kilometer away from
Siddhatek. From there one can travel by Boat to reach the Temple. Lodging and boarding arrangements are available
near the Temple
at less than Rs 100 per day. In monsoon transportation is quite difficult due
to bad roads.