VaradaVinayak temple – Mahad Village – Khalapur

Shri VaradaVinayak Temple is another important temple near Pune and must visit if you are on a trip to Pune or live there.

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Varada Vinayak temple is located in Mahad Village On NATIONAL HIGHWAY NO.4, NEAR MUMBAI PUNE EXPRESS HIGHWAY, KHALAPUR-410203

VaradaVinayak temple - Mahad Village - Khalapur

This Ganesha temple is well-known in India. Since 1892, a nandadeep, or lamp, has been lit continuously in this Hindu temple. It is one of the Ganesha Ashtavinayak temples in India.

The idol of this temple, Varada Vinayak is supposed to be swyambhu and was found in the adjoining lake in 1690 AD.

In the year 1725 AD, Subhedar Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar constructed the temple. The temple is home to a lovely pond.

This temple’s idol faces east. In this shrine, there is an oil lamp that has allegedly been burning nonstop since 1892.

Along with a Shivalinga, this temple also houses the idols of Mushika and the Navagraha Devtas.

The four corners of this Hindu temple are watched over by four elephant statues.

VaradaVinayak temple - Mahad Village - Khalapur

Devotees may enter the Garbagriha of this Ashta Vinayak temple and offer the idol personal attention and respect.

Varada Vinayak temple Mahad details:

Varada Vinayak temple Address: Mahad, Taluka Khalapur Khopoli, District, Mahad, Maharashtra – 410202
Varada Vinayak temple Phone/Mobile No.: 02142 242 263
Varadvinayak Ganpati Bhakta Niwas: Bhakta Niwas (Tel: 02192-266912 and Tariff: Rs 200) is the ideal place to stay here. The rooms and loos are clean and well-maintained. Lunch is provided as prasad by the temple (noon-2 pm). Else, villagers (temple officials guide visitors to them) provide good meals for Rs 40 per thali.

Taluka: Khalapur Khopoli
District: Raigad, Maharashtra
Nearest City: Karjat, Khopoli

Season To Visit: All (Best Season To Visit: After August Month)
Languages: Marathi, Hindi and English

Varadvinayak Temple Timings:

Varadvinayak Temple Timings: 5:30 AM to 09:00 PM
: Not Allowed in the temple and Ganesh Murti
Vehicle Parking: Free parking space available

Varada Vinayak temple legend

The temple tales claim that Koudinyapur’s King Bhima never had children.

When he and his wife went to the jungle to perform penance, they ran into the sage Vishwamitra.

VaradaVinayak temple - Mahad Village - Khalapur

Vishwamitra gave the king a mantra which is called as Ekashar Gajana mantra to chant and thus his son and heir, prince Rukmaganda was born.

Rukmaganda grew up into a beautiful young prince.

Once on a hunting trip, Rukmanganda stopped at the ashram of the Rishi Vachaknavi. The Rishi’s wife, Mukunda fell in love at the sight of the handsome prince and asked him to fulfill her desires.

The virtuous prince flatly refused and left the ashram. Mukunda became lovesick. Sensing an opportunity, King Indra took the form of Rukmaganda and made love to her. Mukunda became pregnant and gave birth to a son Gritsamada.

When Gritsamada came to know about the truth of his birth, he cursed his mother to become an unattractive and thorny berry-bearing “Bhor” plant. Mukunda in turn cursed Gritsamada, that a cruel rakshas (demon) will be born to him.

Suddenly they both heard a heavenly voice saying, “Gritsamada is the son of Indra”, shocking them but too late to alter their respective curses.

Mukunda was transformed into the Bhor plant. Gritsamada, ashamed and penitent, retreated to the Pushpak forest where he prayed to Lord Ganesha (Ganapati).

Lord Ganesha was pleased by Gritsamada’s penance and offered him a boon that he will have a son who would not be defeated by anybody other than Shiva.

Gritsamada asked Ganesha to bless the forest, so that any devotees who pray here would be successful and urged Ganesha to stay there permanently .

Gritsamada built a temple there and the Ganesha idol installed there is called Varadavinayaka. Today the forest is known as Bhadraka.

How to reach Varadvinayak Ganpati Temple

Mahad Varadvinayak Ganpati Temple By Road

  • Mahad Varadvinayak Ganpati Temple at Mahad is 63 km from Mumbai,
  • Mahad temple is around 85 km from pune
  • Mahad Ganpati temple is around 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.
  • Mahad Bus Station, operated by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), connects the place with other major towns such as Khopoli, Mahabaleshwar, Karjat, Alibag, and Shivthar Ghal. Mahad can also be reached via Mumbai – Panvel – Khopoli road.

Mahad Varadvinayak Ganpati Temple by Train:

Khopoli/Karjat Railway Station on central railway line is the nearest railway station to shri Mahad Ganpati Temple.

Karjat rilway station is quite well connected by various parts of country.

Mahad Varadvinayak Ganpati Temple by Air:

The nearest aiprpot to Shri Varada Vinayak temple is Pune and Mubai airports. Both of the aiports are around 75 to 80 Kms from the tempe and you can taxi from there.

Mahad temple Bhakta Niwas – Shri Varadvinayak Ganesha Bhakta Niwas

Mahad Bhakta Niwas Address: Mahad Bhakta Niwas, Mahad, Taluka Khalapur Khopoli, District Raigad, State Maharashtra, India, 410202

Mahad Bhakta Niwas Contact: 02192 – 266912

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Fans, Charging Slots, Good Lights, Dressing table.
AC, Attached Washroom and TV not for comman hall
Hot Warer 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM
The Rooms clean, hygienic, Best services, Power backup and secure.
Note: This amenities and facilities changes as per room type and diffirent types of bhakta bhavan of all Ashtavinayak Bhakta Niwas.

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