Siddhivinayak is called Navasacha Ganapati or Navasala Pavanara Ganapati (meaning- Ganapati bestows whenever one humbly and genuinely prays) among Bhaktas.

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The mandir was built by generous donations from Smt. Deubai Patil. She had the belief that Ganesha would answer the prayers of childless women.
Therefore it is a predominant belief that those without a child can get their prayers answered here.
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It is said that Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj (follower of Akkalkot Swami Samarth) buried two murtis in front of Siddhivinayak as instructed by his guru.
As was foretold by Swami Samarth, 21 years later, a Mandar tree grew at the spot where these two murtis were buried. Image
The tree had an image of Svayambhu Ganesha on its branches.
Siddhivinayak Ganesha murti is chaturbhuj (with 4 hands) and carved out of a single black stone. Ganesha's trunk is to the right instead of left.
On his forehead, a third-eye is etched. Image
Siddhi and Riddhi, the two consorts of Ganesha are on either side of Ganapati.
It is believed that if anyone whispers their wish in the ears of the two huge silver mice installed within the mandir premises, the wish gets conveyed to Ganesha directly. Image

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Presided by Surya Dev and his consorts- Ushadevi and Pratyusha Devi.
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Here, on a hill near Tungabhadra River, the image of Sri Hanuman is enclosed in a hexagonal amulet in prayer mudra.
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