October 23, 2015

My TripAdvisor Review No.135: Shri SiddhiVinayak Temple, Siddhatek, Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra.

“Second Temple on the AshtaVinayak Tour of Lord Ganesh.”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 22 October 2015 NEW
This temple of Lord Ganesh forms part of the Ashtavinayak circuit and is about 100 km from Pune. It is actually located in Ahmednagar district, about 20 km from Daund town. The route from Pune is via the Sholapur highway (NH9), via Yevat, Chauphula and Patas. At Patas you have to take a left turn towards Daund town and travel for another 20 km till you reach the Bhima River Bridge. The Siddhatek temple is clearly visible across the bridge. There is ample vehicle parking near the temple, located on the banks of the river.

Siddhatek village is a typical Maharashtrian farmer’s village with a lot of fertile green fields, mostly sugarcane, next to the river. The temple is located on a small hillock and looks very beautiful. It is surrounded by small shops and eateries serving sugar-cane juice and the rustic meals that the farmers love to eat (zunka bhakri).

The Ganesh idol here was bigger than the one at Morgaon, and had a trunk curving to the right. Photography is prohibited inside the sanctum so we could not get an image of this beautiful one. There is a paved track around the temple so after darshan inside we did a ‘parikrama’ around it. We also visited the ‘Bhakta Niwas’, a lodge for the devotees, but found it to be in an abandoned and decrepit state.

We then decided to have lunch at ‘Siddhivinayak Restaurant’, where we were served a rustic thali lunch which consisted of zunka bhakri, potato bhaji, rice, dal and a few chopped onions. It was 3.30 pm and we were very hungry so we relished it.

We had a good darshan of the Lord Ganesh, and a good experience of the rustic village life of Siddhatek, and returned home safe and sound with his blessings.
Visited June 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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