VaradVinayak Temple History
The idol of this Ashta Vinayak temple,varad vinaya Varada Vinayak is a swayambu
(self originated) and was found in the adjoining lake in an immersed position in
1690 AD. This varadvinayak temple is said to be built in 1725AD by Subhedar
Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar. The temple premises are on one side of a beautiful
pond.A unique feature of Mahad Varadvinayak Temple is a lamp that is glowing
continually since 1892.
This Ashta Vinayak shrine faces east (Purvabhimukh)and
is enshrined in the sitting posture, with his trunk turned towards the left. The
stone idols of Riddhi and Siddhi are seen in the sanctum. The statues of
elephants decorate the four sides of the temple. The dome of the temple is about
25 feet high with golden pinnacle. A Gomukh (meaning face of a cow) is seen on
the north side of the temple from which flows the holy water. A holy pond is
situated on the west side of the temple.This temple also has the idol of
Mushika, Navagraha Devtas and Shivalinga.
In this Ashta Vinayak Temple devotees
can enter the Garbagriha and pay their homage and respects to the idol
personally. Devotees visit the Varadvinayak shrine throughout the year. During
festivals like the Magha Chaturthi huge crowds can be seen in this temple.