Varadvinayak, also spelt as Varadavinayaka, is one of the Ashtavinayak temples of the Hindu deity Ganesha. It is located in Mahad village situated in Khalapur taluka near Karjat and Khopoli of Raigad District, Maharastra, India .
The idol of this temple Varada Vinayak is a swayambu (self originated) and was found in the adjoining lake in an immersed position in 1690 AD. This temple is said to be built in 1725AD by Subhedar Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar. The temple premises are on one side of a beautiful pond. The idol of this temple faces the east and has his trunk turned to the left. It is said that if the coconut received as prasad during Maghi Chaturthi is consumed, one will be blessed with a son. Hence the temple is especially full with devotees during Maghi Utsav.
How to reach
By Bus : The Ballaleshwar Vinayak is situated in district Raigad, Taluka Sudhagad in the Village Pali. Pali is about 30 kms from Karjat. Buses are available from Khopoli & Panvel or even direct buses from Mumbai and Pune.
By Train : By Road In Khalapur taluka of Raigad district Shri Varadvinayaka is situated in the village Mahad. Regular State Transport buses & Muncipal Corporation buses are available from Khopoli & Karjat. On Mumbai-Pune railway line, Mahad is at a distance of 24 kms. from Karjat & at a distance of 6 kms. from Khopoli.
Where to stay
The newly constructed Bhakta Niwas (Tel: 02192-266912 & Tariff: Rs 200) is the ideal place to stay here. The rooms and toilets are clean and well-maintained.
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