The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to GaneshBhagwan. It is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra. It was built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil together on 19thNovember 1801. Coming to the financials this is the richest temple in Mumbai, and the current generation of Patil is living in a situation or state of despair near the temple.
The Siddhivinayak trust also provides its special services for Senior Citizens, NRIs, infants, physically challenged person, poor people and foreigners also. If you want you can do live darshan on Siddhivinayak official website. They have paid Darshan of Rs. 50.The atmosphereof this temple is really good with facilities like drinking water, wheel chairs,footwear stand, wash rooms and medicals. The Siddhivinayak is a two hundred years old Temple. There is a popular belief in people that Lord Ganesh of Siddhivinayak Temple fulfilsall the desire of his worshipers. Mumbai city is a witness to several popular places of worship and of historical interest. Almost all of these places are of archaeological value apart from being famous for religious sites.
Mumbai is known for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in a royal grand manner and worships Lord Ganesh with at most devotion. Therefore, Siddhivinayak Temple is a temple of prominent importance in Mumbai.In early days, the Siddhivinayak temple was smaller, constructedby highlighting the black idol of Shree Siddhivinayak, shaped out of stone. On those days it was only two and half feet wide. The most remarkable feature to notice in this idol of Lord Ganesh is that, His trunk is tilted towards the right side. The idol is having four hands, this is the reason it is also called Chaturbhuj. The four hands hold a lotus, a small axe, holy beads and also a bowl full of Modak, a type of sweet believed to be a favouriteof Shree Siddhivinayak.The one side of the deity are Siddhi and other side Riddhi, two Goddesses representing and standing for holiness, fulfillment, wealth and prosperity. The Siddhivinayak also has an eye engraved on his forehead.
The temple has gone through a complete make-over in the past. The idol has been left untouched or kept as it is and the temple has been re-built into a unique six-storied construction. On the top of the temple is covered with a golden dome, which amazesbeautifully in the sun. It is a great temple in Mumbai by look or with spiritual values, which is worth paying visit.
- The most of the time temple is overcrowded on Wednesday as the day is devoted to Lord Ganesh and specific Aartis (prayers) are offered.
- The Ganesh’s Idol is made up of a single, 2.5 feet tall black stone. On the both sides of the main idol, there are idols of ‘Goddess Riddhi’ one side and ‘Goddess Siddhi’ on other side.
- The ‘gabhara’ or shelter covering the idol is in octagonal shape, and brilliantly designed and plated with gold.
- The mesmerising view from inside the ‘mandap’ or the temple hall is extremely divine.
- It is also believed strongly that all your wishes come true if you pray here.
Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati temple is richest temple in Prabhadevi in Mumbai. Every year there are very large number of devotees visiting this temple to take belessing of Lord Ganesha. One should must check temple timing and schedule before visiting. It’s known as a 18th Century temple which was carved out of stone. If you are planning to visit on normal day it most probably takes around 30-45 mints for Ganesh darshan but reaching on Wednesday it takes around 1.5 -2 hours.
How to Reach: The nearest railway station is Dadar Railway Station and it just takes around approximately 15 minutes of walk. Orif you wish you can hire Taxi to reach the temple. There is also facility to use private buses which are going through Siddhivinayak Temple.