Madan Madotkat Ganesh : Legend has it that Madan Madotkat Ganesh sat on Godatiri to ward off foreign invasion.

Madan Madotkat Ganesh : In the 16th century, it is said that the ancestors of the Hingane family of Nashik gave a vision of Lord Ganesha commanding to install prana in one’s house to protect it from foreign invasion. Since then the idol of Madan Madotkat Ganesha has been enshrined here. 
          
Nashik. At this place there is an ancient house of the Hingane family and an ancient inscription existed on this house till recent times. After going up the stone steps leading to a cave, one can see the Chirebandi Castle on the right hand side. A ruined cistern beside the door welcomes you. In front of it is a wooden house..and a beautiful idol of Madan Madotkat Ganpati is seen in its core. Devotees feel that this Madan Madotkat with a very pleasant appearance is Ganesha who takes vows.
          
Madan Madotkat is the fourth generation of the Hingane family doing the worship and maintenance of Ganesha. Hingane used to work as priests during the Peshwa period. Ganapati Bappa is said to have appeared in a dream of Hingane, the Upadhyay of the Peshwas, and commanded him to enshrine my life in his house to protect him from foreign invasion in the 16th century. Then this idol of Ganaraya was carried from the bank of river Godavari to the castle of Hingane in the manner of a child sitting on his back, and in the same form, the image of Ganaraya is descending from the back.
              
Meanwhile, after the vision, the idol was installed at the palace of Upadhyay Vishnupant Hingane in Hingane Nashik on the request of Madhavrao Peshwa 250 years ago. A stone gabhara has been constructed for the installation of Madan Madotkat Ganesha. An ancient inscription mentioning this idol can be seen on the wall of Hingane Castle. The letters engraved on it testify to its antiquity. 

It is said that a few years ago, stones in the shape of Modaka were found in Hingane Wada till recent times. Devotees used to take these Modkarupi stones home and keep them in the temple. For many years, the idol was continuously coated with vermilion. Due to this, a shell was formed on Ganapati and the original form was covered. Meanwhile, when the Hingane family removed the falling papules of the Shendari layer on April 30, 2006, the original Dasabhuja Madan Madotkat Ganesha came to light. Madan Madotkat Ganapati is also famous as Ganapati of Hingane as he is in the castle of Hingane. 
               
Legend of Madan Madotkat Ganesha
The legend of Madan Madotkat Ganesha is told that once Lord Shankar was sitting on penance on Mount Kailash when his penance was broken by Madana. Lord Shankara got angry and opened his third eye, Madana was burnt to death. Madana’s wife Rati begged Lord Shankara for his curse. Accordingly, Rati fasted on 21st Chaturthi. Worshiped Lord Ganesha rigorously. On Chaturthi, at the time of Udyapana, Rati tied the Modaks and worshiped them. Then Lord Shankara gave revelation. Swayambhu Shri Ganesha appeared from these Modakas, hence this Lord Ganesha got the name Madan Madotkat. The legs are left down and the hands are seen placed on the knees. The idol is very bright and it is said that there was a brilliant diamond in the heart of the idol. This Madan Madotkat Ganesha is of the left trunk. This idol is Dasabhuja i.e. having ten hands and eight of them are holding weapons. While the left hand is near the heart, it is felt that Bappa is giving blessings with the right hand. As the idol is coated with shendara, after removing the layers of shendara, the 4.5 feet tall idol with a graceful face, ten hands and sitting like a radiant child has an attractive appearance. Interestingly, there is a snake on Ganaraya’s stomach.

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