Siddi Vinayaka Temple is situated in the village of Hattiangadi, which is near to Kundapur in Udupi district of Karnataka. The quaint village of Hattiangadi was once the capital of the Alupa kings. The place was also known as Goshtipura meaning the place of debates.
About The Temple
Hattiangadi Siddi Vinayaka Temple is believed to have been constructed around the 7th or 8th century. The renovated temple was inaugurated in 1980 and another renovation was done in the late 1990s. The hall is constructed from granite and white marble. On the top floor are the Pravachana Mandir and Sabhagriha. There are also beautifully carved 32 Lord Ganesha idols installed in the temple premises. One can see the Lord in various styles. Just outside the temple on its rear side is yagnashal of the temple and it can be seen in the above image.
It also houses the Siddivinayaka School of ancient scriptures, where students are given free accommodation, food, clothes and education. Various developmental activities are conducted with help of the money received in charity. Various cultural activities are held throughout the year along with state level Yakshagana Kammata-workshop, study and demonstration of medicinal herbs and shrubs, agricultural and yoga camps etc. Jain temples, Gopalakrishna Swamy, Lokanatheshwar, Maraladevi, Shankaranarayan, Shivamunishwar, Ekantheshwar and Shaktharabrahma Temples are also found here.
About The Deity
It is the only temple in India, where the idol of Lord Vinayaka sports a jata-hair. The idol itself is carved of a Saligrama stone and is 2 1/2 ft. high and Vinayaka’s hair is left loose at the back. He is also referred to as Bala Ganesh (Baby Ganesh). The trunk of this elephant headed God rests on the left side of the Idol and depicts Lord Vinayaka tasting Modakas, which is held in the left hand of the idol. The right hand of the idol has disappeared in the Panipeeta. It is believed that the idol may be in standing posture. The Idol grows in size every year and this is visible from the fact that it has outgrown the silver casting. The entire garbhagudi is carved from black marble.
Pujas are conducted at trikalas (early morning, noon and evening) daily as per the Vaidika Agama rites. The daily worship begins with ‘ashtadravya gana homa’ (a fire sacrifice to the God Ganapati). Throughout the year pujas and festivals are being performed in the temple as per the importance of the day based on the Hindu calendar. ‘Sankashtha Chaturthi’ worship performed every month on the fourth tithi of the dark fortnight, is of special importance. It would be of added importance if that day happened to be a Tuesday which is deemed to be very auspicious for the worship of Ganapati. Besides these, there will be special types of pujas and festivals performed in the temple daily at the request of devotees.
The offering of the locally available flowers of the areca nut tree is considered extremely sacred here. The falling of the flowers from the crown of the lord every time during the 'aarti' is the highlight.
Sri Ganesha Chatruthi is an important festival in the temple on a grand scale. This festival falls annually on the fourth tithi of the bright fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada. In the morning of this day the ‘sahasra narikela gana yaga’ will take place. This is a fire sacrifice for Maha Ganapathi with the offering of 1008 coconuts. On the second day the ‘Satya-Ganapati-vrata’ takes place. On the third and final day, ‘laksha-durvarchane’ and ‘sindhuraarchane’ is offered to the god. Several other set pujas are also conducted on these three days based on the needs of the devotees. Many devotees mainly wait for this occasion for performing various pujas and homes to full fill their vows to the god.
How to Reach Hattiangadi
The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport.
The nearest railway station is Kundapur Railway Station.
Hattiangadi is well connected by roads. From Kundapur travel towards Bhatkal and take right turn after 9 km from Kundapur and proceed further 5 km to reach hattiangadi.
Hattiangadi Siddi Vinayaka Temple,
Hattiangadi, Kundapura taluk,
Udupi District, Karnataka, India,
Pincode - 576283.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Auspicious beginnings of work
- Removal of obstacles
- Renewal of energy
- Agricultural productivity
Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada
Meaning -I pray to thee O Lord, who has a curved trunk and a strong body, the shine of a million suns, to remove all the hurdles that may block me from all the tasks I intend to perform.
Agajaanana Padmaarkam Gajaananam Aharnisham Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam Ekadantam Upaasmahey
Meaning -The sun to Mother Parvati's lotus face, I worship Lord Ganesh, with the elephant face, the one who grants a lot of wishes, the one with the single tusk, I salute thee to grant my wish.
Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam
Meaning -Oh elephant-faced Lord, who is served by all the Ganas, who consumes the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala, His favourite fruits, who is Uma's son, who destroys the gloom of His devotees, who handles hurdles, we worship your lotus feet.
Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Vakratundaaya Dheemahe Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat
Meaning -We meditate on the great power, we call upon the single tusked Ganesh, who grants wishes.
The temple is open from 6 A.M to 9 P.M