This famous temple enjoying the bounteous asylum at Bhagawan Maheswar's sannidhi
reminds us the well known fable of the Arab and the Camel, which ends up that
unbounded generosity recoils on the patron adversely sooner or later and the protégé
bags both profit and comfort at the cost of the patron. He is christened as
Siddhi Vinayaka at the
time of installation in a niche of the hoary temple of Anantheswara, and perhaps
due to granting boons liberally, he turned into Anantha Vinayaka and has
successfully eclipsed the glory of his benefactor - his own father - Lord Siva,
called here by the honorific name of Anantheswara.
temple said to have been built in the dim past underwent renovations from time
to time. Skanda Purana embodies an elaborate account that some Maharshis
super-imposed this huge form on the northern wall of the garbha griha and prayed
for his grace for lokakalyana. The Lord fulfilled their humanist aspiration, and
since then he has been spilling spiritual bliss on the ardent devotees lavishly.
As his munificence has been lifting the saranar this, his popularity mounted
higher than the principal deity - Lord Siva, who it seems willingly accepted the
secondary position in His own sannidhi out of infinite mercy, rather affection
for His own elder darling son - Ganesh. This Vinayaka by his mystic powers is
drawing a perennial stream of devotees round the year and the adorers are
deeming him their unfailing refuge and invaluable friend, who never lets down a
single pious bhakta at any time. He ensures victory to those who ardently
inflame the life elevating spiritual energy lying dormant in everyone. The
sacred shrine is worth a visit for blessings from the Almighty father - Siva and
his every succouring son - Siddhi Vinayaka. Nityanaimithika worship is offered
with due devotional zeal.
It lies on the bank
of Madhuvahini, in a village called Madhur, about 7 km off Kasargad in the state
of Kerala, accessible by bus from Kasargod and other neighbouring towns.