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Mumbai Siddhivinayak Temple of Lord Ganesha
Mumbai is famous i9n all over the country for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi with great pomp. The Mumbai Siddhivinayak Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is situated at Prabhadevi in Mumbai. The temple was constructed in the year 1801 on 19th November by Devbai Patil and Laxman Bithu. The doors of the temple are wooden and are crafted with images of Ganesha manifestations in the state. The inner part of the temple roof is gold plated. There is also a Hanuman mandir in the temple periphery.
Lord Ganesha is called by the name siddhivinayak in the state. The temple was previously a tiny place of worship but gradually it is brought up to a grand temple that is stands now in this 20th century. The temple was funded by an Agri woman who was childless and therefore built it to grant blessings to other barren women. Politicians, Bollywood film stars and many other great people are seen to offer puja in this temple. Once it was prophesized by a Hindu saint Swami Samarth that he once buried two idols in front of the temple and after 21 years a mandar tree came out of the spot with Lord Ganesha on its branches. The temple receives donation of more than 100 million in a year and is said to be the richest temple in the state.
Amazing facts about the temple
- The hanuman idol that is in the temple was brought by a head priest when he found the idol abandoned during construction of roads nearby.
- The idol of the siddhivinayak is very unique as the deity was carved on a single black colored stone and his trunk was made on the right which usually remains on the left side.
- The playground near the temple complex was made by filling up a lake of the 19th Caretakers used to stay in the temple complex in a living colony.
- Anybody who once visited the temple they are bound to impress the architectural design and its magnificence. There is a mandap or a small hall where Lord Ganesha is kept. The temple premise spreads over an area of 2250 square meter.
Taxis and autos are available from Tardeo or Worli to the location where the temple is situated. You can also select bus options to reach the temple but that will take much time. The nearest railway station is Dadar. Local trains can be boarded from Mahalaxmi, Lower Parel and Elphinstone Road to get to the temple.
Activities of Mumbai Siddhivinayak Temple
- Fresh flowers, coconuts, sweets and other accessories required for worship is sold on the street of ‘phool gali’ that leads to the temple. You can buy the requirements from this place and enter then the temple.
- Tuesday is considered to be the ideal day for special Aarti and flocks of devotees are seen inside the mandir on this day every week.
- Angaraki and sankasthi chaturthi are the two well known festivals celebrated here and lots of devotees gather within the temple during this special event.
Nearby places of attraction
The most important place where one must visit is the Shivaji Park Beach in Dadar. You can visit the place where exhibitions are known to hold called Nehru Centre. The ‘jewel of India’ is a famous restaurant located near the temple. The Worli Sea-Link can be visited as it is very close to the Gananpati Mandir and a perfect location to stroll around freely.
With its elegant design the Mumbai Siddhivinayak Temple is known to acquire a special place in the city and heart of devotees all around the country. Lord Ganesha is said to bring good luck to our home and fulfill our wishes. The temple has a prolonged history to accomplish devotee’s prayers and childless couples are blessed with babies. People from near and far come to this temple to offer their prayers. Renowned celebrities are often seen to bow their head before the Lord. On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi Mumbai comes alive and great possessions are seen in front of the temple, on the road and along the sea beaches. ‘Ganapati babba moriye’, this is the slogan they say for the Lord.