Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, is an iconic place of worship in Mumbai. The shrine, which is more than 200 years old, is one of the richest temples in India and frequented by celebrities, Bollywood stars, politicians, and commoners alike. The popular belief is that Siddhivinayak Ganapati will fulfill the wishes of anyone who prays at this temple with a true heart.
Siddhivinayak Temple traces its roots to the year 1801 when it was originally built by a man named Laxman Vithu. The construction of the shrine was funded by a rich, childless woman named Deubai Patil with the belief that Lord Ganesha will grant the wishes of other women who haven’t had a child yet.
The original temple was a small brick structure that measured 3.6 meter * 3.6 meter square feet. A dome-shaped shikhara adorned the structure and within it was housed a black stone idol of Ganapati, which is kept intact even today. According to local legends, Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj (who was an ardent follower of Akkalkot Swami Samarth, a Hindu saint) buried two idols in front of the Siddhivinayak idol as per the instructions of his guru. As was foretold by Swami Samarth, 21 years later, a Mandar tree grew at the spot where these two idols were buried. The tree had an image of Svayambhu Ganesha on its branches.
When a Hanuman idol was discovered during a road extension work in 1952, a small shrine dedicated to Him was also added to the temple compound. Over the years, the fame and local lores associated with this temple spread far and wide. The shrine underwent massive renovation in 1990 at an expense of 3 crore Indian rupees turning a 200-year-old, modest shrine into one of the most eye-catching and grand.
The Presiding Deity and Idol
The idol at Siddhivinayak Temple is carved out of a single piece of black stone. It shows Lord Ganesha as chaturbhuj or having four hands, holding a garland of holy beads, a lotus, a small ax, and a plate of modak in each. Siddhi and Riddhi, the two consorts of Lord Ganesha, are placed on either side of the Ganapati idol. On the forehead of the idol, a third-eye is etched, which resembles that of Lord Shiva’s.
One of the unique features of the main idol at Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai is that the tilt of Lord Ganesha’s trunk is towards the right. Most Ganapati idols in the country have their trunks tilted towards the left.
This temple has brought a good Job and Organization in my life, I used to go for morning Aartis. Its mesmerizing.
How to reach there :
The quickest way to get from Mumbai Airport (BOM) to Siddhivinayak Temple is to taxi which costs ₹400 – ₹480 and takes 9 min. Is there a direct train between Mumbai Airport (BOM) and Siddhivinayak Temple? Yes, there is a direct train departing from Vile Parle and arriving at Prabhadevi.
Dadar is the nearest railway station to Siddhivinayak Temple. One can board local trains from Lower Parel, Mahalaxmi and Elphinstone Road to reach the holy temple. The Siddhivinayak Temple was built in 1801 in Mumbai and is one of the most well-known ancient temples devoted to Lord Ganesh.