Varadvinayak, also spelt as Varadavinayaka, is one of the Ashtavinayak temples of the Hindu deity Ganesha. It is located in Mhad village situated in Khalapur taluka near Karjat and Khopoli of Raigad District, Maharashtra, India. The temple was built (restored) by Peshwa General Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar in 1725AD.

This place not comes in raigad district. This is near to lonavala, pune district. This place is correctly spelled in marathi mahad, pune district(महड) and not mahad, Raigad district (महाड).

Shri Varada Vinayak, Mahad


Legend has it that the childless king, Bhima of Koudinyapur and his wife met the sage Vishwamitra while they had come to forest for penance. Vishwamitra gave the king a mantra (incantataion) Ekashar Gajana Mantra to chant and thus his son and heir, prince Rukmaganda was born. Rukmaganda grew up into a beautiful young prince.

One day, on a hunting trip Rukmaganda stopped at the hermitage of 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 very lovesick. Knowing her plight, King Indra took the form of Rukmaganda and made love to her. Mukunda became pregnant and gave birth to a son Gritsamada.

In time, when Gritsamada learned of the circumstances of his birth, he cursed his mother to become the unattactive, thorny berry-bearing "Bhor" plant. Mukunda in turn cursed Gritsamada, that a cruel rakshas (demon) will be born from him. Suddenly they both heard a heavenly voice saying, "Gritsamada is the son of Indra", leaving them both shocked, 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 for a reprieve to Lord Ganesh (Ganapati).

Lord Ganesha was pleased by Gritsamada's penance and offered him a boon that he will bear a son who would not be defeated by anybody other than Shankara (Shiva). Gritsamada asks Ganesh to bless the forest, so that any devotees who pray here will be successful, and also urged Ganesha to stay there permanently and asked for knowledge of Brahma. Gritsamada built a temple there and the Ganesha idol installed there is called Varadavinayaka. Today the forest is known as Bhadraka.

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.

The temple

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. There is an oil lamp in this shrine which is said to be burning continuously since 1892. This temple also has the idol of Mushika, Navagraha Devtas and Shivalinga. There are 4 elephant idols guarding the 4 sides of the temple. In this Ashta Vinayak Temple devotees can enter the Garbagriha and pay their homage and respects to the idol personally. Devotees visit the Varadvinayak shrine throughout the year. During festivals like the Magha Chaturthi huge crowds can be seen in this temple.

See also


Ashtavinayak (Marathi: अष्टविनायक) literally means "eight Ganeshas" in Sanskrit. Ganesh is the Hinduism/Hindu deity of unity, prosperity & learning and removes obstacles. The term refers to eight Ganeshas. Ashtavinayaka yatra trip refers to a pilgrimage to the eight Hindu temples in Maharashtra state of India that house eight distinct idols of Ganesh, in a pre-ascertained sequence. The Ashtavinayak yatra or pilgrimage covers the eight ancient holy temples of Ganesh which are situated around Pune. Each of these temples has its own individual legend and history, as distinct from each other as the murtis in each temple. The form of each murti of Ganesh and His trunk are distinct from one another. However, there are other temples of eight Ganesh in various other parts of Maharashtra; the ones around Pune are more well known than the former.

It is believed to be for completion of Ashtavinayak Yatra visit the first Ganpati after visiting all the eight Ganpatis again, to complete the yatra.

Deepak Kadam

Deepak Kadam (born 5 January ) is director of various video albums, ad films, TV serials and Marathi feature films as well as an actor and producer. Born and brought up in Mumbai, Maharashtra received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mumbai University He became a director and actor who has accumulated many years of experience on Marathi stage and feature films. His upcoming movie Waakya was screened at Navi Mumbai International Film Festival. As well as "Best social issue film award" in "NIFF".In Sawnskruti kala Darpan film was nominated.later on film was selected in Maharashtra government Award.

"NAGARSEVAK Ek Nayak"Megha star block buster movie successfully released 31 march 2017

13 Oct.2017 Waakya 21 awarded movie released..

And "ATROCITY" block buster movie released 23 Feb 2018...

Collection of ATROCITY was 3.15 cr.its on social base movie.

Kadamba Transport Corporation

Kadamba Transport Corporation (Konkani: कदंब येरादारी म्हामंडळ)

(Kannada: ಕದಂಬ ಸಾರಿಗೆ ನಿಗಮ) abbreviated as KTC is a Government of Goa road transport undertaking. It was set up in 1980 by then Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane. Goa has long been dependent on privatised bus-transport, and the blue-and-red-and-white Kadamba buses are an exception to this rule. While the KTC has provided transport and connectivity to Goa's main towns and rural hinterland, it has also, in recent years, faced charges of mismanagement, politicisation and corruption in some of its deals.

The corporation is named after the Kadambas of Goa and the royal lion emblem of the Kadambas is used a logo on its buses.The lion emblem logo became an integral part of KTCL since its inception in 1980 when the Corporation was set up to provide better public transport service.In 2015–16, KTC had a total traffic revenue of 87.33 crore.

Khalapur taluka

Khalapur taluka is a [taluka] in [Raigad district] of Maharashtra an Indian state. The headquarters of this taluka is Khalapur village. This taluka belongs to Karjat sub-division, and comprises 141 villages, 3 revenue circles and 20 sajas. 56 villages of this taluka come under Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA)."SHIVANI SANTOSH JANGAM" was the first mayor of Khalapur Nagar Panchayat.

List of Ganesha temples

This is the list of Ganesha temples. In southern India, the temples are also popularly known as Pillaiyar temples or Vinayaka temples, by the alternate popular names of the Hindu god Ganesha in those regions.

List of Hindu temples in India

This is a list of major Hindu temples in India, by state. India has more than 2 million Hindu temples recorded during the 2001 census, whose number has substantially increased by now.

New Panvel

New Panvel is a residential, commercial and educational node of Navi Mumbai in city of Panvel, Maharashtra and comes under the Konkan division. New Panvel was developed on marshy land and was previously a Mango cultivated area. New Panvel is divided into two parts: New Panvel (E), on the eastern side of Panvel railway station and Khanda Colony or New Panvel (W) on the western side of it. Both parts of New Panvel are connected by a flyover bridge also known as Khanda Colony Flyover. New Panvel (W) is also popularly called Khanda Colony by the local villagers, as the city is adjacent to two small villages Dhakta Khanda and Motha Khanda (Greater Khanda).

Khanda and Khandeshwar Railway stations derive their names from a very old Shiva Temple known as Khandeshwar Mahadev along the sides of a beautiful scenic lake of Khandeshwar. The locals are known to host the famous Mahashivratri festival on the banks of the Khandeshwar lake every year. Takka Naka is a new node of New Panvel being developed by CIDCO. Major commercial activities are present in sectors 15 to 19 just outside the railway station on the eastern side. K Mall is a shopping center in New Panvel's, Takka Naka node while Orion Mall along the Mumbai-Pune highway beside the Panvel Bus depot is emerging as the most popular shopping destination in town.

The planned Navi Mumbai International Airport is expected to affect real estate prices in the surrounding area of New Panvel which are under development. Sector 17 of New Panvel West bound by JNPT bypass and NH-4 alongside Motha Khanda is located near the railway station. A few residential buildings in New Panvel West come under the "A Type" CIDCO settlements, offer budget housing for lower income groups.


Panvel is a locality in Raigad district of Maharashtra in Konkan Division, and is a node of Navi Mumbai city. It is highly populated due to its closeness to Mumbai. Panvel is located in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Panvel is the first Municipal Corporation in Raigad and the 27th Municipal corporation of Maharashtra State.

Raigad district

Raigad District is a district in the state of Maharashtra, India. Formerly called the Kolába district, the district was renamed Raigad, after the fort that was the first capital of the former Maratha Empire, which in turn was renamed from its earlier name - Rairi. The fort is located in the interior regions of the district, in dense forests on a west-facing spur of the Western Ghats of Sahyadri Range. In 2011 the district had a population of 2,635,394, compared to 2,207,929 in 2001. The name was changed in the regime of Chief Minister Antule on 1st Jan 1981. In 2011 urban dwellers had increased to 36.91% from 24.22% in 2001.The district is bounded by Mumbai Harbour to the northwest, Thana District to the north, Poona District to the east, Ratnagiri district to the south, and the Arabian Sea to the west. It includes the large natural harbour of Pen-Mandwa, which is immediately south of Mumbai harbour, and forming a single landform with it.

The northern part of the district is included in the planned metropolis of Navi Mumbai, consisting of Kharghar, Ulve node, New Panvel and Khanda Colony, Taloja, Kamothe and Kalamboli nodes as well as Uran City and its port, the JNPT.

The district includes cities/towns Kharghar, Taloja, Kalamboli, Panvel, Rasayani, Karjat, Khopoli, Matheran, Uran, Pen, Alibag, Murud-Janjira, Roha, Nagothane, Sudhagad-Pali, Mangaon, Mhasala, Shrivardhan, Mahad, Birwadi, Poladpur. The largest city in terms of Population, Industrialization as well as Area is Panvel. The district also includes the isle of Gharapuri or Elephanta, located in Uran which has ancient Hindu and Buddhist caves.

Kulaba (also spelled Kolaba) district was split from Thane district in 1869. Apopulation being Hindus. Bhagat, Patil, Mhatre, Naik, Thakur, are famous and native surnames in Raigad district.

At this point, the northernmost parts of modern Raigad district were retained in Thane district. Panvel, just across the bay from Mumbai, was not included in Kolaba district until 1883, and Karjat, an area in the north-east corner of modern Raigad district, was not placed in Kolaba district until 1891. Kolaba district was subsequently renamed Raigad district.

Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar

Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar was a Maratha General during the Peshwa Period. He is renowned as the builder of the Varadvinayak temple in Mahad.

Ashtavinayaka Temples
Legends and Texts
Associated deities
See also


This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.