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-: Hindu Temples :-
Lord Ganesha Temples

Shri Varad Vinayaka Temple, Mahad

 

The Mahad village is situated in Khalapur taluka (Raigad District) at 63 kms from Mumbay, on the Mumbai-Pune railway line. Mahad is at a distance of 24 kms from Karjat and 6 kms from Khopoli. Regular buses are easily available from Khopoli and Karjat. Mahad is surrounded by picturesque surroundings, especially in the monsoon season. Population is very few around. Mahad enshrines Varadvinayak (the bestower of boons), in commemoration of a legend.

"Bhaktabhimani Ganaraj Ekam

Kshetre MadhaKhye Vardam Prasanam

Yastishtati Shree Vardo Ganesham

Vinayakasta Pranamami Bhaktam"

Meaning : I salute lord Ganaraj who is leader of Ganas , who is proud of his devotees & who abodes at Mahad & has pleasant appearance

 

The legend

In an ancient period there was a great king, Bhima of Kudinyapur. He had no children. He and his wife came to a forest for penance; there, they met Sage Vishwamitra who gave the king the Ekashar Gajanana Mantra to get a child. On chanting the mantra, the king got a son, who was named Rukmaganda. He was a very beautiful boy, with a golden luster and an excellent character. Later on, Rukmanganda went once to forest for hunting. Getting thirsty and tired, he went to the nearby hermitage of Rishi Vachaknavi. Rishi's wife became enamoured by the prince's beauty and asked him to fulfil her desire. But the prince had a good morality and he flatly refused. After he left, Mukunda became lovesick. Knowing her plight, King Indra took the form of Rukmaganda and had pleasure with her. Mukunda became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who she named Gritsamada. Later, on knowing truth, Gritsamada cursed his mother to become a thorny plant. At the same time, Mukunda cursed the boy that a cruel rakshas (demon) would born from him. Then, there was a voice from heaven telling that Gritsamada is Indra's son. Both mother and son were shocked. Mukunda was converted to plant. Gritsamada, very ashamed, went to a forest called Pushpak to perform penance. Shri Ganesh was satisfied and agreed to grant him boons. He told the boy that he would get a brave son who cannot be defeated by anybody other than Shankara Shiva. In addition, Gritsamada asked for the forest to become holy. Devotees get attainment of their aims on that place. He urged Ganapati to stay there permanently and asked for knowledge of Brahma. The forest is called Bhadraka today. Gritsamada built a temple there and the idol installed there is called Varadavinayaka. It is said that if the coconut received as prasad during Maghi Chaturthi is consumed, one will be blessed with a son. Hence, there is heavy rush during Maghi Utsav.

The Murti

It was found by Shree Dhondu Paudkar in 1960 A.D. in a lake. It was outside the sanctum of the temple. As the idol was in bad weather condition, temple trustees immersed it and consecrated a new one inside the sanctum. This was objected by few and a suit was filed in the district court. Thus, nowadays, two idols can be seen one inside and one outside the sanctum. One is smeared in vermillion in sitting position with the trunk turned left and the other is made of white marble with trunk turned to right.

The Temple

Varadvinayaka's temple was built by Peshwa Sardar Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar and he gifted this to the village. The temple looks like a house with a tiled roof. There is a Gomukh towards north with Holy water coming out of it. A small lake lies at the west. The temple is only 2.5 meters long and 2.5 meters broad. Dome is 8 meters high with a golden pinnacle. The sanctum of the temple, made up of stone and surrounded by beautiful elephant carvings, houses the mūrti.

How to Reach There :

  • Mahad is 83 km from Mumbai.

  • On the Mumbai-Panvel-Khopoli road, 6km before Khopoli is a village called Haalgaon. Mahad can be reached from this village.

  • On the Mumbai Pune Rail route one can get down at Karjat or better still at Khopoli.

  • From Karjat which is 24 km from Mahad one can board State Transport buses known as ST buses.

  • Khopoli is just 6 km from Mahad. One can board local buses or take autorickshaws from here.

Puja Schedule of  Varad Vinayaka Temple:

  • Lord Varad Vinayak is worshipped morning noon and night.

  • The temple trust has offered a unique opportunity to any devotee who donates Rs31000/- to the temple. Such a devotee is given an entire day, to not only worship the God but also run the entire temple the way he would wish. The individual along with the family members can worship the lord for an entire day the temple priests will not in anyway interfere with the proceedings for that day.

  • The temple trust can be contacted at the following address.

  • Shri Ganpati Devasthana Mahad, Mahad, Taluka Khalapur, Zilla Raighad,Maharashtra, India

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