A dog blessing devotees at Maharashtra’s Ganesha temple is its newest attraction

A dog blessing devotees at Maharashtra's Ganesha temple is its newest attraction

Many dog owners would agree that their pooch has been a blessing to their life. But, if you visit the Siddhivinayak Temple at Siddhatek in Maharashtra, you would witness a dog literally blessing people!

A video, showing a stray dog blessing devotees at the Ganpati temple, has gone viral on the internet recently.

The video has been shared by Arun Limadia on Facebook, and it shows a friendly, calm dog sitting on the stone steps just outside the main portal of the temple. The dog can be seen occasionally shaking hands with the devotees and also blessing them.

By the way, there is also a temple meant for dog worship in Agrahara Valagerahalli village located in Channapatna, Karnataka.

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The Siddhivinayak temple at Siddhatek is located on a hillock in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The temple is flanked by a thick foliage of babul trees and is located hardly a kilometre away from the main Siddhatek village. The Ganesha idol in this temple has his trunk facing the right instead of left, which is a rare sight. It is believed that this deity is very powerful but difficult to propitiate. In order to please the deity, faithful devotees perform circumambulation of the hillock seven times, regardless of the thorny bushes en route.

Legend has it that the original temple was made by Lord Vishnu, and got dilapidated over time. In modern times, a shepherd discovered the shrine through a dream. The present structure was built by the famous philanthropic queen of Indore, Ahilyabai Holkar.

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