The second of the eight ashtavinayak (eight Ganeshas) temples, the Siddhivinayak Temple lies in a small village called Siddhatek, around 200 km from Pune, in the Karjat district of Ahmednagar. Lord Vishnu is said to have achieved siddhi on the Siddhatek mountain; this is the reason why the Ganesha idol here is known as Siddhivinayak.


Siddhivinayak Temple stands on a hillock, with lush babul trees all around. It is made of black stone, and comprises a sabha mandapa (assembly hall) and a small shrine on which a demonic head sculpture is placed. The temple plays host to three main festivals – Gandhi Jayanti, Ganesh Chaturthi that commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, and Vijayadashami.


You can take a train up till Daund railway station (from where it is only around 20 km away) or a boat on River Bhima to the village of Shirapur in the Pune district from where it is easy to reach this temple. A bridge has also been recently constructed on the river to access the temple.

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