Shri Siddhivinayak - Siddhatek
Lord Shri Hari Vishnu, who was surrounded by fierce calamaties, performed penance on mountain Siddhetek which is on the bank of river Bhima. On receiving boon from Lord Shri Ganesh, Lord Vishnu killed two demons Madhu & Kaitabh.
Oh! Lord Siddheswar Shri Ganesh accept my salutation.
Lord Vishnu got Siddhi at Siddhatek as such Ganesh idol here is called as Siddhivinayak . It is believed that Siddhivinayak leads work to the completion. Shree Siddhivinayak is supposed to be Jagrut place (awakened) of Shree Ganesh.
Morya Gosavi of Morgaon & Narayan Maharaj of Kedgaon have attained siddhi here. Peshva Senapati Shree Haripant Phadke resumed his lost post by performing Vinayak’s penance for 21 days.
Siddhatek is situated on the banks of river Bhima. On crossing the river, while going towards the temple, you will come across the place where sage Vyas had performed yadnya (sacrifices). It said that, years ago there was a heap of ashes from this sacrificial fire. However, this place is now covered by water. The road leading to main temple was built by Peshwa’s Senapati Haripant Phadke.
Shree Siddhivinayak’s temple is on hill top facing north. Sanctum of the temple, which is fifteen feet high and ten feet broad was built by Ahilyabai Holkar.
The swayambhu idol of Shree Siddhivinayaka is placed in brass frame. Brass idols of Jay and Vijay are placed on both sides of Siddhivinayaka. In the sanctum itself there is a Shivapanchayatan and goddess Shivai’s small temple. Hall of the temple was previously built by Baroda’s landlord late Shri Mairal. It was broken in 1939 and was rebuilt by all Ganesh devotees in 1970. Nagarkhana on the main gate was built in memory of Shree Haripant Phadke.
The idol is swayambhu, 3 feet tall, facing north with his trunk turned right. Idol is Gajmukh, however beilly of the idol is not big. Riddhi & Siddhi are sitting on one lap of Vinayaka. Face is very calm and serene.
The pradakshana (circumnavigation) of the God is said to very fruitful. One has to travel 5 kms. to complete one Pradakshana as the idol is attached to the hill itself.
Story during Peshwa period
Peshwa’s Senapati (commander of Army) Haripant Phadke came to Siddhivinayaka on loosing his designation. He performed 21 days Anushthan (ceremony to propitiate God). Accordingly he vowed to circumnavigate Shree Siddhivinayaka 21 times in a day continously for 21 days. Exactly on 21 st day Peshwa’s messenger came to Siddhatek and took Haripant Phadke to Pune honourably.
He constructed ghat on the river and also built village gate.
The place where Sage Bhrushandi had performed penances is nearer to the temple.