The Varad Vinayak Temple is a huge attraction found near the small town of Durshet. It was built almost three centuries ago in 1725 AD at the hands of Peshva Sardar Ramji Mahadev Varad Vinayak Biwalkar.
The temple has worn off over time and may not be quite appealing from the outside. But once you venture in, look out for the beautiful 25-feet pinnacled dome. It houses two idols of Varad Vinayak – a form of Lord Ganpati. The one to the left is made of white marble, while the other has been covered in vermilion.
To the North of the temple, one can find the Gomukh – which literally translates to a ‘Cow’s Mouth’. Holy water gushes out at this point. Another attraction is the Nandadeep, which has been continuously burning ever since 1892 AD.
The Ballaleshwar Temple was built in 1760 AD, almost 250 years back in dedication to the Brahmin devotee Ballaleshwara’s name. Durshet is interestingly the only place where an Ashtavinayak Temple – the Ballalleshwar Temple – is named after its devotee.
The temple houses two lakes. The entire shrine is divided into a bigger and a smaller sanctum. The latter one has Ganpati’s trusted vehicle, the rat, holding a Modak and bowing in Vinayak’s direction. The entire shrine is built with beautiful pillars.
The idol, meanwhile, is clothed in the form of a Brahmin. It is seated on a throne made of stone with shining diamonds for the eyes and his naval.
Durshet is home to a large number of flora and fauna. The region is comfortably nestled in the backdrop of the lofty ranges of the Sahayadris. It makes for a wondrous site for all kinds of nature and wildlife lovers.
The Jungle Safari offers a ride through the exotic greenery of Durshet, the natural beauty that will leave you bewitched. Rejoice in observing the wild animals roam in their natural habitat and the smell of fresh leaves and trees. The entire experience will leave you rejuvenated. What better way to enjoy the surreal nature’s splendour, right?