Siddhivinayak Temple

The second temple on this tour is the Shri Siddhivanayak temple, in Siddhitek, on a small hillock. This temple is by far the most well-known and well-publicised temple of the Ashtavinayak as it is often mentioned in columns and popular shows.

The “garba griha” or the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, where the deity is kept, is 15 feet high and 10 feet wide. It is believed to have been constructed by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore. The Sidhivinayak temple has idols of Riddhi and Siddhi here too. These two idols rest on the thigh of Lord Ganesha.

For making one “pradakshina” or one circumambulation of the idol, one has to actually go around the hillock. This takes about half an hour to forty-five minutes at the most.  The pradakshina path is made of stone. Devotees, believers and followers from across the world come to this temple to do the pradakshina in the hope that Lord Ganesha will be pleased with their toil and fulfill their wishes.

This temple is located on the Pune-Sholapur highway, 48 km from Srigonda. It is 18 km from the Daund railway station. 

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