HISTORY

History

Shri Mahalasa Siddhivinayaka Temple, Madangeri

Shri Mahalasa Siddhivinayaka Temple, Madangeri

About 150 years ago, an idol of Shri Siddhivinayak was installed in a small temple.

Later in 1977, a Kulavi of Shri Mahalasa Narayani, hotelier Shri Gangadhar Pai wanted to keep a photograph of the Kuladevata at his hotel. He searched everywhere, but did not get a suitable photo. One day, he landed in a shop where pooja materials are sold. There, he brought an eight-inch idol of Shri Mahalasa Narayani and kept it at his hotel.

In 1983, a learned man visited his hotel and advised him not to keep the idol there, but at a sanctimonious place. The idol was then taken to Shri Radhakrishna Pai’s home, for worship.

One day, during an avesha of Grama Purusha, it was stated that the Goddess Herself would arrange for a good poojasthana so that Her devotees can start worshiping Her.

As Her popularity in the area grew, a temple devoted to Her was established and the Pratisthapana of the idol was held in 1992

In 2000, the temple was reconstructed and the Punarpratisthapana was done by HH Swamiji Vidyadhiraj Thirtha Maharaj of Gokarana Parthagali Math.

Later a new Yagnashala was constructed.

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