Varadvinayak Temple

May 11, 13 Varadvinayak Temple

The Varadvinayak Temple is located at Mahad village of Raigad District of Maharastra. The temple is east facing and is bounded by figures of 8 elephants on the entire region. The northern side of the Varadvinayak Temple marks the mouth of a cow and is known as Gomukh. There is an oil lamp in this shrine which is said to be burning always since 1892. This temple also has the idol of Mushika, Navagraha Devtas and Shivalinga. There are 4 elephant idols protecting the 4 sides of the temple. Varadvinayak, also spelt as Varadavinayaka, is one of the Ashtavinayak temples of the Hindu deity Ganesha. Holy water flows through the Gomukh’s mouth. On the west there is a sacred lake. The idol of this temple Varada Vinayak is a swayambu self originated and was established in the adjoining lake in an immersed situation in 1690 AD. This temple is supposed to be built in 1725AD by Subhedar Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar.

Varadvinayak Temple

Vishwamitra gave the king a mantra incantataion Ekashar Gajana Mantra to chant and thus his son and successor, prince Rukmaganda was born. Rukmaganda grew up into a gorgeous young prince. One day, on a hunting trip Rukmaganda stopped at the hermitage of Rishi Vachaknavi. The Rishi’s wife, Mukunda, fell in love at the sight of the handsome prince and asked him to fulfill her desires. The righteous prince absolutely refused and left the ashram. Mukunda became very lovesick. Knowing her difficulty, King Indra took the appearance of Rukmaganda and made love to her. Mukunda became pregnant and gave birth to a son Gritsamada. The temple was built bring back by Peshwa General Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar in 1725AD. Legend has it that the childless king, Bhima of Koudinyapur and his wife met the sage Vishwamitra whereas they had come to forest for reparation.

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