Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhatek is the 2nd of Ashtavinayak Temples near Pune. It is to be noted that this is the only idol among the eight Ganeshas that has the trunk perfectly positioned to the right side.
After propitiating Ganesha, Lord Vishnu is supposed to have vanquished the asuras Kaitabh and Madhu here.
According to the historians and Hindu religious scholars, it is highly believed that two popular saints, Shri Narayan Maharaj of Kedgaon and Shri Morya Gosavi received their enlightenment here Shri Siddhi Vinayak temple, Siddhatek is on a small hillock and is North-facing.
The Peshwa’s general Haripant Phadake is believed to have built the main road towards the temple. Punyashloka Ahilyabai Holkar built the inner sanctum which is 10 feet wide and 15 feet high. The idol is 2.5feet wide and 3feet tall. Towards the North direction, the idol faces. The Murti’s stomach is not wide, but Siddhi and Riddhi murtis are perfectly sitting on one thigh. Towards the North direction is the murti’s trunk.
According to the Hindu devotees, the right-sided-trunk Ganesha is believed to be very strict. A devotee who wishes to do pradakshina (To make one round) around the temple has to go round trip of the hillock. In moderate speed, a devotee may takes about 30 minutes to do it.
According to the Hindu religious scholars and historians, the General’s position was lost by Peshwa general Haripant Phadake so he did 21 Pradakshina around the temple. The Peshwa’s court-man came on the 21st day and took him immediately to the court with much royal honor. In this situation Haripant wholeheartedly promised the God that he will soon bring the stones of the castle that he will immediately win from the first initial war he will successfully fight as in the position of general. Haripant built the stone pathway using the stones from the Badami-Castle which he won in battle as General.
About 48 km from the town of Srigonda in Ahmadnagar district, this particular temple is located off the Pune-Solapur highway. Next to Bhima River, this Temple is situated. Daund Railway station on Pune-Solapur railway is 18 km from the temple.