Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhatek
Siddhivinayak Temple of Siddhatek is dedicated to Ganesha and is one of the Ashtavinayaka. It means if you are going for the pilgrimage of Lord Ganesha, this is one of the eight temples to visit. Moreshwara Temple should be the starting point of the pilgrimage and Siddhivinayak Temple is the second.
In this Siddhivinayak temple, the trunk of Lord Ganesha is turned towards the right and thus named Siddhivinayak, siddhi meaning fulfilment and enlightenment.
It is said that Lord Vishnu was not able to defeat a few demons. Se he visited Lord Shiva for advice. Shiva told Vishnu since he didn’t pray to Ganesha so was not successful. Vishnu immediately performed penance at this place and started praying. Pleased, Ganesha blessed Vishnu with Siddhis or powers which helped Vishnu in defeating the demons. So this place came to be known as Siddhatek.
It is believed that a cowherd had a vision of this place and searched and found the idol of Siddhivinayak or Lord Ganesha. He started praying and soon others joined him and the place become famous. However, the present temple was built by Ahilyabai Holkar in the 18th century. She was the queen of Indore.
Facing north, the temple is made using black stone and has an assembly hall. Because of recolouring only the main gate and the stairs can be seen constructed with black stone. Outside the actual temple is coloured pink.
In the main temple, the stone ceiling is designed in a dome shape. Inside the main sanctum, you can see the beautiful and polished brass gate or door. On this, it is said, gatekeepers of Vishnu – Jaya and Vijaya, are embossed. It seems they are facing each other but actually they are facing at the centre where the idol of Lord Ganesha or Siddhivinayak is present.
How to reach
Siddhatek is located in Karjat Taluka of Ahmednagar on the banks of river Bhima.
If you are doing the pilgrimage then from Moreshwara Temple, Morgaon, the distance till Siddhatek is approx. 90 kms. Bus and cab facility is available.
If you want to go specifically to Siddhatek temple then the best place will be first to reach Pune. Pune is a very well connected city to rest of India. From Pune, there are many options available like buses and cabs.