AshtaVinayaka - VaradaVinayaka, Mahad

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Shri. VaradaVinayak Temple is the fourth Ganesha Temple to be visited during the Ashta Vinayaka Temples Pilgrimage according to Shastras.This temple is at Mahad,in Colaba district,26 kms.away from Karjat and 85 kms away from Mumbai.

Mahad in Maharashtra enshrines Varadvinayak associated with the legend of Rukmangada,Indra and the Bhadravana forest.The Murty is facing east direction and the trunk is turned on the left side.

AshtaVinayaka - VaradaVinayaka, Mahad Temple

The Varadvinayak temple at Mahad is located on the highway linking Mumbai and Pune.Mahadcha This celebrating eight instances of legends related to Ganesha. This Temple is said to be built in 1725 AD by Subhedar Ramji MahadevThere is an oil lamp in this shrine which is said to be burning continuously since 1892.This temple also has the idol of Mushika, Navagraha Devtas and Shivalinga. There are 4 elephant idols guarding the 4 sides of the temple.

Legend has it that a Sage was visited by a king named Rukmangada and during the visit the his wife Mukunda expressed her attraction to the king,Rukmangada .The king turned her down leaving her seeting in anger. In the meanwhile, Indra, the king of the Devas came down to the earth in the disguise of Rukmangada and accepted her amorous moves. An illegitimate son Grutshmadha was born out of their union.

The son, learning of the story of his birth felt very sad and prayed to Ganesha in Bhadrakavana for absolvement of the sins of everyone concerned. His prayers were granted by Varadavinayak. Varadavinayak is portrayed, seated on an east facing throne. Stone images of his consorts Siddhi and Riddhi are also seen in the temple. A lamp in this temple is said to have been glowing uninterrupted for over a hundred years.