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Gujarat shrI siddhanatha mahAdeva
God : shrI siddhanatha mahAdeva
padhikam : shrI rAmachandra
State : Gujarat
District : Surat
Situation: Located in Saras Village of Olpad Taluka.
This temple is ancient and its exact date is not known.
Legend: Reference to this temple is found in the Sanda puraNa
It is said that after slaying raVaNa, when shrI rAmachandra was returning to
ayodhyA he was passing through this area near the tApti river. It is here
that shrI rAmachandra needed to perform atonement for the sin incurred in
slaying rAvaNa.shrI rAmachandra wanted to worship shrIman mahAdeva to be
free from sin.
However, no priests were available at that time. Facing this predicament
shrI rAmachandra asked aNjaniputra hanumAn to fetch Brahmins from the
forests near the tApti river so that He could consecrate the shivalinga.
hanumAn then went into the forest and brought a group of brahmins who were
studying the kANva shAkha of the shuklayajurveda there. With the help of
these Brahmins, shrI rAmachandra installed the Shivalinga there and
shrI rAmachandra thus obtained mukti from the pApa of slaying rAvaNa.
The Lord was called shrI siddhanAtha mahAdeva. The Brahmins who helped shrI
rAmachandra attain mukti from pApa were called "mauktika" brahmins. There is
also a big tank near the temple.
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