Very ancient Self-materialised idols of Shri Ganesh with left and right sided trunks in Padmalay (Jalgaon Dist.)

Airandol Taluka is situated in Jalgaon District. Shri Ganesh temple from this Taluka, located in the sacred place of Padmalay, blessed with natural scenic beauty, is extremely famous. The idols from this temple were found more than 100 years ago in a lake near the temple.

In the volumes on worship from the Shri Ganesh Puran, in chapters 73, 74, 90 and 91 a reference to the Self-materialised idol of Shri Ganesh in Shrikshetra Padmalay Sansthan is found. Of the three and a half Siddhivinayaks (peeths), Shrikshetra Padmalay is an absolute peeth. Morgaon, Rajur and Padmalay are absolute while Chinchwad is a partial peeth according to this reference.

A great Saint Sadguru Shri Govind Maharaj Shastri Barve got this temple at Padmalay renovated in Shake 1825 (1903 AD). This temple is a replica of the old Kashi Vishweshwar temple. It has two idols of Shri Ganesh with trunks facing the left and right. The Purans give an account on how they manifested.

First let us understand about the idol with the left sided trunk. After Deity Shankar drank the poison arising from churning of the celestial ocean (Samudramanthan), His body began to burn. By wearing Sheshnag around His neck the burning in His body subsided but Sheshnag developed ego that ‘Mahadev is relieved because of me’. Mahadev perceived this and flung him onto the ground. He fell in the sacred place of Padmalay. Sheshnag began to hiss in grief, hearing which Sage Narad approached him and advised him to chant a five letter mantra of Shri Ganesh. Due to austere penance undertaken for 12 years, a coral Gajanan with a left sided trunk gave darshan to Sheshnag. He also gave Sheshnag the strength to bear the burden of the earth and requested His father (Mahadev) to adorn His neck with Shesh once again. Sheshnag pleaded with Ganesh to stay back where He had manifested to fulfill wishes of His devotees just as He had fulfilled his wish. Respecting his wish, even today one can find the idol of Ganapati with a left sided trunk at Padmalay.

Now let us study the history of the Ganapati with the right sided trunk. A king named Krutavirya ruled during the period of the incarnation of Parshuram. He was childless. He was a devotee of Dattatreya. To be able to acquire sons as progeny, Deity Datta advised him to perform the Vrat (Vowed religious observance) of Sankashti Chaturthi. On one such Chaturthi as Krutavirya was performing ritualistic worship, he began to yawn. Instead of performing achman (Drinking water for purification), he continued the ritualistic worship. Due to this mistake the queen gave birth to a baby boy without limbs. He was named Kartavirya. After being cared for for 12 years, Gurudatta advised Kartavirya to chant a bijamantra of Ganapati for 12 years. In front of this very lake of Padmalay, Kartavirya performed austerities. An idol of Gajanan made of coral gave darshan arising through the waters of this lake. The moment Gajanan touched Kartavirya he was blessed with a thousand hands and two legs and was renamed Sahastrarjun. Using his thousand hands he pleaded to Ganesh to remain there. Respecting his wish Shri Ganapati stayed back and His idol with a right sided trunk can still be found in the same state.

Fourteen fingers on the two hands of the mice in the temple represent 14 siddhis (Supernatural powers)

The very ancient idols of Shri Ganesh at Padmalay with left and right sided self-manifested idols of Shri Ganesh. Just as these idols have fulfilled the wishes of Sheshnag and Kartavirya so also may He fulfil the intense desire of ‘establishing a Hindu nation’ of thousands of devout Hindus from Bharat, is a wholehearted prayer unto His Holy feet.

The Ganesh temple at Padmalay, Airand Taluka, Jalgaon District surrounded by a lake with scenic beauty. Both the idols of Shri Ganesh installed here were found in this very lake more than a hundred years ago and Sadguru Shri Govind Maharaj renovated this temple. The speciality of this lake is that lotuses bloom spontaneously in this lake.

The vehicle of Ganesh in the premises of the temple. The special feature of this mouse is that both its hands have seven fingers each, symbolising the 14 siddhis.