Vinayaka Devaru Temple, commonly recognized as Idagunji Ganesha Temple is situated in the city of Idagunji in North Karnataka. Located 14 km southeast of Honnavar town, this shrine is one of the earliest temples devoted to Bhagwan Ganesha. Idagunji is dwelling to one of these six Vinayak temples. Another five temples are found in Mangalore, Kundapura Kasargod, Gokarna, and Anegudde.
Vinayaka Devaru Temple is also deemed to be a favorable place for wedding functions. It is conventional for the adherents to offer a unique Prasad recognized as Panchakhadya to the Bhagwan at this shrine. They also offer garike grass to Bhagwan Ganesha. All the visitants are given a free meal every day throughout the afternoon.
Legend and History
Vinayaka Devaru temple is a temple of Bhagwan Ganesha and is 1500 years old. The temple is recognized for the image of the Bhagwan which is of the Dvibhuja form. A similar statue is witnessed in the Gokarna Ganesha Temple. It is one of the most famous sites of reverence in the state. The city has soared to fame only because of the appearance of this mighty shrine.
According to the legend that originates from the Dwapar Yuga. It is said that before the commencement of Kalyuga, sages like Valakhilya chose to administer a Yagna. Bhagwan Narada guided them to do the rituals on the shores of River Sharavathi in Kunjavana forests. This was said to be the point where the sacred trimurti of Bhagwan Brahma, Bhagwan Vishnu, and Bhagwan Shiva had stopped the planet from being slaughtered by danavas. Due to this the creation of two lakes is identified as Chakratirtha and Brahmatirtha in this area.
Narada also directed the sages to first revere Bhagwan Ganesha before starting the rituals. Bhagwan Ganesha was pleased by this and decided to shield them and assist in the conduction of the rites without any disruption. This drove to the origin of another holy lake here known as Ganeshatirtha. This site later proceeded on to become the Vinayaka Devaru Temple.