Siddhivinayak Temple is not only one of the most famous temples of Mumbai, Maharashtra but of India as well. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Siddhivinayak Temple also happens to be the richest temple of Mumbai, which is a proof of how much famous it is. The temple is located in Prabhadevi, a place in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Initially, the size of the temple was very small, only 3.60 m x 3.60m sq., when built on 19th November 1801 by Late Shri Laxman Vithu Patil.The money which was required to build that structure at that time was provided by a rich woman named Late Mrs. Deubai Patil. Since she was childless she made this temple so that Lord Ganesh can fulfil other women’s wish of having children after praying in this temple.
The sculpture of Lord Ganesha or Shree Siddhivinayak is made out of a singly stone and is 2.6 feet tall. There are two more idols present on both sides of Ganesha and they are Goddesses Riddhi and Siddhi. It is because of their presence along with Ganesha that the temple came to be known asthe Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple. Goddesses Riddhi and Siddhi are daughters or Lord Brahma and wife of Ganesha. Riddhi is the goddess of prosperity and Siddhi is known for spiritual power respectively.
The significance of this temple is that every wish of devotees is fulfilled here in this temple of Siddhivinayak. And that is the reason why everyone, from students to salaried persons, businessmen, players and film stars, all visit this temple with their wish. It is because of this faith, this belief that their wishes will be going to come true, that people from all over the country and from abroad visit the temple to worship Lord Siddhivinayak, and the number of visitors are increasing day by day.
Later on, when expansion happened, the temple of Siddhivinayak got constructed beautifully and now is known for its marvelous architecture. The temple building is very beautiful with immense positivity that attracts devotees to come for worship.
During Ganesh Festival, which continues for ten days, the Siddhivinayak temple mostly remains over-crowded and it becomes very difficult to view Lord Ganesha easily. One has to wait for hours in a queue to get a chance to glance at the deity. Apart from Ganesh Festival which comes once in a year, the only day when one can see huge crowd in the temple is on Tuesday. Tuesday is considered to be the day of Lord Ganesha. On this day one can witness special Aarti (a special and different way of offering prayer to the God) taking place.
Devotees pray in the temple and keep their wishes before the Lord Siddhivinayak.They walk around the temple premises praying to God. It is seen that devotees keep visiting again and again with one believe and faith that God Siddhivinayak will surely fulfill their wishes. One must surely visit this wonderful place where one found peace of mind and happiness.
There is no entry fee to Siddhivinayak Temple, however, taking photography is strictly not allowed. One can buy the offerings (materials for prayer) from the vendors but be careful about the prices as it varies from shop to shop, so first doing the inquiry will be helpful.
How to reach
- Roadway Auto Rickshaw and Cab/Car is an easy conveyance in the city to reach from any locality of Mumbai to Prabhadevi.
- Train route – Dadar station is the nearest station to reach by train to Siddhivinayak Temple.
Places near Siddhivinayak Temple.
Shivaji Park Beach, Worli Sea Link, and the Famous Nehru Centre.