Siddhi Vinayak Temple of Ganesh / Vinayak State Highway No. 67, Siddhatek-414403

The Ganesha idol in this Hindu temple has its trunk turned to the right. It is one of the Ashta Vinayak temples .

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
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    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
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    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
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    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
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    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
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    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
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    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction


About Siddhi Vinayak Temple

This is one of the famous Ganesha temples in India. It is believed that the original temple was constructed by Vishnu, but it was destroyed. Later, a cowherd got a vision of the ancient temple and found the idol of Siddhi Vinayak in his dream.From then onwards the cowherd worshipped the diety and others also started to worship it.

Ahilyabai Holkar, the philosopher queen of Indore constructed this present  Hindu temple in the year 1770 and she also built and renovated many temples.Sardar Haripant Phadke, an official with the Peshwa rulers,constructed the Nagarkhana- a chamber which stores nagaras(Kettle drums) and a paved pathway to the main door of the temple.After worshipping the temple deity for 21 days and also circumbulating the temple 21 times Haripant Phadke got the post of Commander -in -Chief.

A group of people called Ganapatya worshipped Ganesha as a supreme god.Saint Morya Gosavi (dated between 13th and17th centuries), and Narayan Maharaj ,  attained siddhi by worshipping at this temple.

In this Hindu temple,the Ganesha idol has its trunk turned to the right ,which is unusual. The right trunked Ganesha is very powerful but difficult to please.  Traditionally, an idol whose trunk is to the right is named "Siddhi-Vinayaka", the giver of siddhi ("accomplishment, success", "supernatural powers"). This Indian temple is thus considered a "jagrut kshetra" where the deity is said to highly powerful.

The Mudgala Purana narrates that at the beginning of creation, the creator-god Brahma emerges from a lotus, that arises from  Vishnu's navel as Vishnu sleeps in his yoganidra. While Brahma starts creating the universe, two demons Madhu and Kaitabha rise from the dirt in Vishnu's ear. The demons disturb Brahma's process of creation, thereby compelling Vishnu to awake. Vishnu fights them, but cannot defeat them. He asks the god Shiva the reason for this. Shiva informs Vishnu that he cannot succeed as he had forgotten to pray to Ganesha – the god of beginnings and obstacle removal – before the fight. Therefore Vishnu performs penance at Siddhatek, invoking Ganesha with his mantra – "Om Ganeshaya Namah". Pleased, Ganesha bestows his blessings and various siddhis ("powers") on Vishnu. He returns to his fight and slays the demons. The place where Vishnu acquired siddhi was thereafter known as Siddhatek.

 

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