STORY OF SHREE SIDDHIVINAYAK
This story pertains to Tretayug.
Once Brahmadev performed penances
of Shree ganesh by chanting his one letter mantra
with desire to create world. Shree Ganesh was pleased
and gave him boon, that all his desires would be fulfilled.
When Lord Brahma was doing pooja of Shri Ganesh, two
girls, namely Siddhi & Riddhi
appeared brfore him. Treating them as his daughter,
Lord Brahman bestowed them to Shri Ganesh.Thus
Siddhi & Riddhi were married to Shri Ganesh.
Lord Brahma created three classes of
people namely Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Shudras
from his arms and thighs. He created moon
from his heart, Sun from his eyes, heaven from his
head, air & life from his ear and earth from his
legs. After that he created sea, river, trees, shrubs,
etc. When Lord Brahma was busy in creating in world,
Lord Vishnu was sleeping ( enjoying his yogindra)
. After passage of time two demons Madhu &
Kaitabha were created from the dirt in Vishnu’s
ear. They started harassing Brahmadev. Brahma,
Shesha, Prithvi all trembled. In order to awake Mahavishnu,
Lord Brahma played Nidradevi to leave Vishnu so that
he can getup and destroy the demons. Vishnu got up
& started fighting with the asuras alternatively.But
he could not kill them even after 5000 years.
Lord Vishnu stopped war and in the
guise of Gandharva (celestial Choristel)
Started singing with his veena. Everybody including
Gods, demons, Gandharvas were very pleased by the
Lord Shankara heard this Veena Gayan
on his abode Kailas mountain and sent his two Ganas
(soldiers) Nikumbh and Pushpadanta
to bring Lord Vishnu on Kailas. On saluting Lord Shankara,
Shree Hari Vishnu continued his Veena Gayan. Mahadev
was pleased and told Vishnu to ask for boon. Shri
Hari Vishnu told Mahadev story of Madhu & Kaitabha
& asked him to find a way out to kill thwe demons.
Sadashiv told him that he did not get victory
because he forgot to remember Gajanan before starting
the war. Then he gave Vishnu, six
letters Ganesh Mantra & asked him to go to Siddhi
Kshetra for meditation.
Vishnu Chanted the mantra for 100 years
at Siddhatak, Vinayaka appeared before him & gave
him the capacity to destroy Madhu, Kaitabha &
Lord Vishnu built a big temple
with four gates & consecrated a Ganesha idol there
made up of stones from Gandaki river. That Ganesha
is called Siddhivinayak & placee is called Siddhatak
as Shri Vishnu got his Siddhi there.
Vishnu came back to fight with Madhu
& told them, “I am pleased by your valour.
Ask for any boon.” The demons felt insulted
& said, “we are pleased with your valour,
you asked for any boon.” Vishnu said, ”If
you r pleased, give me a boon that both of u shall
meet your death through my hands.”
The demons were shocked. Seeing water
all around they told Vishnu, “Kill us at a place
which is not surrounded by water.” Vishnu took
his Vishwaroop (huge form), put them on his thights
(laps) & killed them with his sudarshan chakra.
Temple built by Shree Vishnu was destroyed
after few years. Shree Vinayak once appeared in the
dream of one shefered & told him about his presence
on the hill. Shephered discovered the idol & started
doing poojs on his own. Once again Shree Ganesh appeared
in his dream & told him to get his pooja done
by some Brahmin purohit. Accordingly shephered arranged
for pooja, Naivedyam of Shree Ganesh. Temple was built
in period of peshva regime.
STORY OF SIDDHIVINAYAKA IN PESHWA
Peshwa’s Senapati (commander of
army) Haripant Phadke came to Siddhivinayaka on loosing
his designation. He performed 21 days Anusthan (cereminy
to propitiate God). Accordingly he vowed to
circumnavigate Shree Siddhivinayaka 21 times in a
day continously for 21 days. Exactly on 21st
day Peshwa’s messenger came to Siddhhatek &
took Haripant Phadke to Pune honorably.
He constructed ghat on the river &
also built village gate.