Hattiangadi Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Maravanthe

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Travellers are suggested to visit Hattiangadi Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, situated on the Varahi River, while heading to Maravanthe. Hattiangadi, a small village, is located at a distance 14.3 km from Maravanthe Town. Free meals are offered each day to the pilgrims who come to this temple. It is a prominent pilgrimage centre for all practitioners of Hindu religion residing in this region.

This temple, which was built in the 8th century under the reign of Alupa Kings, is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, who is also popularly called Siddhi Vinayak. Carved with saligrama stone, this temple enshrines 2.5 ft long idol of the deity with many ornaments. The trunk of the idol, the only statue of Lord Ganesha with jata-hair, bends towards the left side.

It is said that the idol is of the two-armed Bala Ganesha who is standing and has his right hand inside the basement, whereas his right hand has a vessel full of modakas. Some believe that the statue is growing in proportions each year; this belief is solidified by the fact that it is already larger in size than its silver casting.

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