Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai

Arguably the most popular temple of Mumbai, Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati Mandir is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is located in Prabhadevi locality. The temple was constructed by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil way back in the year 1801. Known to be the richest temple of Mumbai, it is not only a popular place of worship but a famous city attraction too. Although the temple is crowded every day, but on Tuesday’s the rush is exceptional. One of the main reasons of the popularity of Siddhivinayak temple is that it is also visited by eminent celebrities as well as politicians.

The temple has stunning architecture. The wooden doors in the sanctum sanctorum have the carved images of the eight manifestations of Lord Ganesha, called Ashtavinayaka. The inner roof has special gold plating.  The upper floors of the temple have the residence of the priests of the temple. The idol of the Lord is kept in the small mandam (hall). The structure of the temple looks like a palace with a main Kalash on the top, 12 feet in height and three others with a height of 5 feet. The other three leaves have a height of 3.5 feet, making a total of 37 gold-plated domes, decorating the main shrine.

The Idol

At the time of its conception in 1801, Siddhivinayak temple had a small structure. It contained the idol of Lord Ganesha, which was made from single black stone and had a height of 2 and a half feet. The trunk of the idol tilts towards the right side. The new idol is huge. It has 4 hands as the Lord is also known as Chaturbhuj. The upper right has a lotus and upper left has a small axe. The lower right hand as the holy beads or rosary and the other hand has a bowl of Modaks, a sweet delicacy that his favorite of the Lord. Resembling a thread, a snake is placed on the left should towards the belly’s right side. The forehead of the Lord Ganehs has an eye, similar like the third eye of his father, Lord Shiva.

The idols of his consorts, Goddesses Riddhi and Siddhi are kept on both the sides of his idol. The idols have been kept in such a manner behind the main idol that they look like peeping out from there. People worship the Lord and his wives for prosperity, sanctity, wealth, and success.

Timings:

  • 5:30 am to 10:00 pm (Wednesday to Monday).
  • 3:15 am to 12:30 am (Tuesday).
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