Maharashtra, Raigad

Shrine: Varadvinayak

In the picturesque vista of Mahad, a place rooted in the historical and the socio-cultural narrative of the state, resides He who grants the wishes of his devotees, Lord Varadvinayak. This shrine is the fourth in the famed AshtaVinayak circuit. The idol of this temple is a 'swayambu' and was found immersed in the adjoining lake in 1690. This temple is said to be built in 1725 by Subhedar Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar. The temple trust's decision to cast away the damaged old idol and install a new one was objected by the devotees, with the matter pending in the court. So, the Varadvinayak Temple now has both the old and new idol.

Origin: The idol is Swayambhu(self-originated). The Varadvinayak Temple is believed to have been built in 17th century.


Prince Rukmaganda once rejected the advances of Mukunda, wife of Rishi Vachaknavi. Lord Indra, who took the form of Rukmaganda came to Mukunda and they had a son named Gritsamav. When Gritsamav learned of the circumstances of his birth, he cursed his mother. Mukunda, in turn, cursed Gritsamav, that a cruel demon will be born to him. Gritsamav, departed to the Pushpak forest where he meditated to Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha was pleased by Gritsamav's penance and offered him a boon that his son will be defeated by only Shiva. Gritsamav urged Ganesha to stay there permanently and installed a Ganesha idol there.

This Temple is part of famous Ashtavinayak Yatra


The shrine of Varadvinayak faces east and the Lord sits with his trunk to the left. He is flanked by Riddhi and Siddhi. The perpetual oil lamp is said to be glowing unceasingly since 1892. The four sides of the temple are decked with four elephant sculptures. The dome of the temple shines bright with a golden tip. The Varadvinayak Temple also has idols of Mooshika(mouse), Navagrahas and Shivalinga. A holy pond is situated on the west side of the temple.

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Darsan Info

The Varadvinayak Temple performs Sahastravartan and Ekadashan rituals on behalf of devotees. Holy ash and Prasad are then sent by post.

Darsan Dresscode: Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire while visiting Varadvinayak Temple.


Picturesque scenery and pleasant climate has made Mahad a popular tourist destination. A sparsely populated village, Mahad is a peaceful locale for people to meditate.

Language Spoken: Marathi, Hindi

Location and Contact

Village Mahad, Khalapur Taluk, Khopoli, Raigad, Maharashtra 410202

Contact Number : +91 2192266912

Ways to Reach

Varadvinayak Temple can be reached by-
By road - Regular state transport and private buses are available from Mumbai and Pune to Mahad. Two and fro trip by taxis are also available from these cities to Mahad. 
By rail - Khopoli and Karjat stations are on Mumbai-Pune railway line rom where regular buses ply to Mahad.
By air - Mumbai and Pune airport are well connected to the major cities of India. From there, Mahad can be reached by road or rail.

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Place Name Jan - March April - June July - Sept Oct - Dec
Max-Temparture 31.6oC 36.4oC 28.5oC 29.6oC
Min-Temparture 13oC 24oC 20.5oC 14.6oC

Temple Rituals

Shri Varadvinayak is worshipped thrice a day, morning, noon and evening. In this Ashta Vinayak Temple, devotees can enter the Garbagriha and pay their homage and respects to the idol personally

Special Rituals

Devotees who pay INR 31,000 are allowed to  worship at the Varadvinayak Temple and perform pooja to the deity for an entire day every year without any disturbances.

Pooja Timing

Varadvinayak Temple timings - 6.00 AM to 9.00 PM

Regular Offerings

Flowers, Garlands, Modak are the main offerings made to Shree Varadvinayak.


January - Magha Chaturthi (Jan/Feb)
September - Ganesh Chathurthi
October - Vijayadashami

  • Near Bus Stand

  • Mahad
  • Nearby Airport

  • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai - 65kms
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Khopoli station - 10kms
  • Taxi Stand

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