SIDDHIVINAYAK TEMPLE SIDDHATEK
The Siddhivinayak Temple, also known as the Siddhatek Ganpati Temple, is one of the eight Ashtavinayak temples in Maharashtra, India. It is dedicated to the god Ganesha and is located in the small village of Siddhatek, about 40 km from the city of Ahmednagar. The temple is considered to be one of the most sacred places of worship for devotees of Ganesha, and is said to be the only temple where Ganesha is worshiped in the form of “Siddhi Vinayak” meaning the one who grants success, siddhi means success and vinayak is one another name of Lord Ganesha.
Siddhatek temple is said to have been built in the 18th century by a Maratha warrior named Ahilyabai Holkar. According to legend, the temple was built on the spot where Ganesha himself appeared to the warrior in a dream and asked him to construct the temple. The temple is built in the traditional Hemadpanthi style of architecture and has a central hall, a garbhagriha, and a shikhara. The garbhagriha houses a beautiful idol of Ganesha, which is said to have been found in the nearby river by a devotee in the 18th century. The temple complex also includes a sacred tank known as the Siddhivinayak Pushkarini, which is said to have been created by the god Brahma himself. Pilgrims take a dip in the tank to purify themselves before visiting the main temple.
Siddhatek Ganpati is particularly famous for its annual festival of Ganesha Chaturthi, which is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm. On this occasion, large numbers of devotees from all over Maharashtra and other parts of India visit the temple to offer their prayers and seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha. Temple is open to visitors on other days throughout the year, and is considered to be a must-visit for anyone interested in learning about the rich cultural and religious heritage of Maharashtra. The temple is surrounded by beautiful hills and the temple has a beautiful peaceful atmosphere and one can spend a good time in the temple. One can easily visit this temple along with the other Ashtavinayak temples if you are visiting Pune or Ahmednagar.