STORY OF SHREE VARADVINAYAK
In the ancient period there was a great
King, Bhima of Koudinyapur. He had
no children; hence he & his wife left the kingdom
and came to the forest for the penance. There they
came to the Ashrama of Vishwamitra.
The King prostrated before him. Sage Vishwamitra gave
him Ekashar Gajanan Mantra &
ask him to chant it in temple. After doing the same,
some year later, he got a son of extremely good character.
He was named Rukmaganda. He was beautiful
and has golden luster. When he became a youth he learned
& also received Ganesh Mantra from his father.
Once Rukmanganda went to forest for
hunting. When he became tired and thirsty he went
to a nearby hermitage of Vachaknavi.
The Sage asked him to go inside and wait as he had
to go out for bathing. The King went in and requested
the Rishi’s wife Mukunda for
some water. But Mukunda became enamoured by
the prince’s beauty and asked him to fulfill
her desire. As Rukmanganda was of ectremely
good character he Flatly refused. The sage’s
wife became angry and cursed him to became
a kushta rogi (i.e. leprosy). He came out
and started entreating Lord Ganesh. His body became
white and his colleagues could not recognised him.
Once Narad Muni came to this place
and asked him to take bath in Chintamani Lake
and worship the Ganesha there, Rukmangada
did as adviced and was cured.
After Rukmangada left, Mukunda became
very much lovesick. His beautiful form was constantly
in her mind. Once she was half asleep in a lonely
place in the forest. At that time, King Indra, knowing
her plight, took the form of Rukmangada and had pleasure
with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a
son. Vachaknavi named him as Gritsamada
and taught him all Vedas & Mantras. Gritsamada
was lustrous and intelligent. Once Rishi Gristsamada
went to the assembly of a Magadha Raja.
Other sages like Atri, Vishwamitra
also were there. During an intellectual discussion
Gritsamada was establishing his theory forcefully.
Suddenly Atri said, “You are not Vachaknavi’s
own son. You are the son of Rukmangada. How can you
be equal to us go back.”
Gritasamada came back insulted and
asked his mother to tell the truth. Mukunda told him
the facts. Gritsamada cursed her to became a
thorny plant bearing BHOR FRUITS. Nobody
will touch these fruits because of thorns. Mukunda
also became angry and said, “Through
I am a sinner, I am your mother, I curse you that
a cruel rakshas (i.e. demon) will born from you.”
At that time there was a voice from
heaven ‘Gritsamada is Indra’s
son’ both mother & son were shocked.
Mukunda was converted into the plant of BHOR. Gritsamada
felt ashamed and came out of the Ashram. To wash away
his ill fame he thought of propitiating Gajanana.
He remembered the greatness of the following mantra
taught by his father Vachaknavi. “OM GANANAMTVA
GANAPATHIM HAVAMAHE KAVIM KAVINAAM UPAMASRA –
He went to forest called PUSHPAK.
With single-minded meditation he performed
penance for six thousand years eating just leaves.
Shri Gajanan appeared before him. Gritsamada prostrated
before him and asked for following boons “Let
this forest became holy. Let devotees get
attainment (Siddhi) of their aims here. You must stay
here permanently to fulfill the desire of devotees
coming here. Give me knowledge of Brahma.”
Lord Ganapati said “O Gristsamada,
you will be counted as one of the best vedic brahmins.
You will be drashta rishi of the mantra sukta. “Gananamtva,
You wil be the founder of the Ganapatya Sampradaya.
You will get a brave son who cannot be defeated by
anybody other than Shankar. This forest will be called
as Bhadraka in kaliyuga. People giving aims
and bathing here will get their desire fulfilled.”
Giving these boons Ganapati disappeared. There Gritsamada
built a temple and the idol installed there was called
“Varadavinayaka”. The idol is
facing east and its trunk is left-turned. If the coconut
received as prasad during Maghi Chaturthi is consumed
he will be blessed with a son. Moreover, if Vinayaka
is served, devotees definitely get his darshan. Hence
there is heavy rush during Maghi Utsav.