Varadavinayak Temple is situated in the place called Mahad, Khopoli, district of Raigad, Maharashtra.
Varadavinayak Temple has been revered as one of the Ashtavinayaka temples of Lord Ganesha. And this temple takes the fourth place among the eight temples.
Varadavinayak Temple is said to be built by the Peshwa General Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar, in the period of 1725 AD.
Ashtavinayaka temples are the eight temples of Lord Ganesha, which is located in and around Maharashtra. Lord Ganesha, the son of Supreme god Lord Shiva, identified by the elephant headed god of wisdom, is praised as the God of Unity, Prosperity and learning and prosperity. Every eight temples of Lord Ganesha reveals its own history and specialties.
The Ashtavinayaka Temples are:
- Mayureshwar Temple – situated in Morgaon, Pune
- Siddhivinayak Temple – situated in Siddhatek, Ahmednagar
- Ballaleshwar Temple – situated in Pali, Raigad
- Varadavinayak Temple – situated in Mahad, near Khopoli, Raigad
- Chintamani Temple – situated in Theur, Pune
- Girijatmaj Temple – situated in Lenyadri, Pune
- Vighnahar Temple – situated in Ozar, Pune
- Mahaganapati Temple – situated in Ranjangaon, Pune.
And a notable and important one to be known is that the pilgrimage visit to all the Ashtavinayaka temples is said to be fulfilled only after the Revisit to the first temple of Ashtavinayaka temples. i.e., visiting back to the Morgan Ganesha Temple. The procedure of worshiping Ashtavinayaka temples is based on the Shashtra, a sacred Hindu scripture.
Fortes of Varadavinayak Temple
The main deity of Varadavinayak Temple temple is Lord Varadavinayaka (Lord Ganesha). The idol of Lord Varadavinayaka is believed to be self manifested idol. and notably the trunk of Lord Varadavinayaka has been tilted towards the left.
And the other deities located in the temple are Mushika, Navagraha (the nine clestial bodies) Devtas and the sacred Shivalingam, an infinite form of Lord Shiva. And the And the temple also locate the idol of peacock, the mount of Lord Murugan. Morgan Ganesha temple contains four entrances, which signifies that Lord Ganesh worshiped in all the four Yugas, and so depicting that the temple has four entrances to the temple with each facing the cardinal directions, which are guarded by four idols of elephants.
One of the awe-inspiring of Varadavinayak Temple is that the temple places an oil lamp, which is believed to be glowing since 1892. The special gift of worshiping the Varadavinayak temple is that the devotees are allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum to personally bestow their homage to Lord Ganesha.
And a special thing which is told by the priests of the temple is that during the Magh Shuddha Chaturthi festival, the devotees who are praying for child are presented with coconut as Prasad (devotional offering), which is believed that they will be blessed with a boy baby by receiving the holy prasad.
- Ganesh Chaturthi or Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi – August or September
- Magh Shuddha Chaturthi – January or February
- Vijayadashami (Dasehara) – October
Mumbai Airport/Pune Airport is the nearest airport which are almost 80 kms from Varadavinayak temple.
Khopoli/Karjat Railway Station on central railway line is the nearest railway station for Varad Vinayak Temple at Mahad. Lonavala is on the main railway line between Mumbai and Pune.
Shri Varad Vinayak Temple is 63 km from Mumbai, 85 km from Pune, 25 km from Karjat, 21 km from lonavala and 6 km from Khopoli. The temple is 1.5 kms off the Mumbai – Pune old Highway.