Sunday, September 2, 2012

Visiting Varad Vinayaka Temple at Mahad

The Varad Vinayaka Temple at Mahad is located in Kolhapur taluka, District Raigad. The fourth temple to be visited by pilgrims on the Ashtavinayak yatra, the Varad Vinayaka Temple here is located approximately 25.65kms from Karjat railway station and is even closer to Khopoli (about 6kms).

How to Reach
You can board the State transport public bus from any of these towns: Khopoli,  Karjat, Alibag, Mahabaleshwar and Shivthar Ghal.

Varad Vinayaka Temple Mahad Origin
It is believed that a revered saint named Grutsamad set up the Varad Vinayaka Temple at Mahad. The saint had done strong penance for a long period of time and invoked Lord Vinayaka (Ganapati) who, pleased with this devotion, granted him his wish for self-purification & for the permanent presence of Vinayaka in that place. This place is considered very holy & the temple is believed to be more than 300 years old. Historical records state that Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj and the Peshwas donated funds to this temple.

Varad Vinayaka Temple Mahad Features

The diya (oil lamp) in this temple is said to have been constantly lit over the years without having been ever extinguished, right from 1792! There are two Ganesh idols located in two corners of the temple compound. The trunk  of the idol on the right side is turned towards the right and is of marble. The trunk of the idol on the left side is turned towards the left & is anointed in red colour. The Varad Vinayaka idol in the main temple is seated on an ornamental throne & faces the eastern horizon.

On the western side of the temple is a lake which is considered to be a holy lake & named as ‘God’s lake’.

Accommodation in Mahad
1. Saitej Lodging & Dinning Hall
  • There are 30 Rooms here, with both air-conditioned & non-air-conditioned rooms.  The room rates are: Non-AC room: 900/-
  • AC room: 1200/-
  • AC deluxe room: 1800/-
Extra person in room: Rs.200/-. [luxury tax applicable]. Driver Room Stay Free. 

Food: Complimentary breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant between 7a.m. and 10a.m

Contact Information: Savitri Marg, Prabhat Colony,  Nr. Bank of Baroda, Mahad,  Dist. Raigad
Contact : Mr.Tukaram Chopade Ph: +91 9422694090
Email :-

2. Motel Visava
This motel has about 39 rooms with attached baths. It is a mid-priced accommodation.

Contact Information: Near Petrol Pump, Mumbai-Goa Highway, Mahad.
Ph: 02145-222382 / 222866
3. Hotel Kuber Palace
There are 16 rooms with attached baths.

Contact Information: Near Ambedkar College, NH 17, Mahad
Ph: 02145-225993

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