Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai

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Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
Siddhivinayak Temple
Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai

Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the popularity and faith of devotees in the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai is inexpressible. Built in 1801, the architecture of the temple portrays elegance and beauty. The ambience and the atmosphere of the temple will take you into an everlasting world – a blessed world of peace and faith. Each day over 25,000 devotees visit the sacred temple and is even frequently visited by celebrities.

Attractions of Siddhivinayak Temple:

  • Phool Gali‘ (flower street) – There are a lot of shops selling flowers, prasad and puja thalis.
  • The temple is overcrowded on Tuesdays as the day is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and special aartis (prayers) are offered.
  • The idol of Ganesha is made of a single, 2.5 feet tall black stone. On either sides of the main idol, there are idols of ‘Goddess Riddhi’ and ‘Goddess Siddhi’.
  • The ‘gabhara‘ or shelter covering the idol is octagonal in shape, beautifully designed and plated with gold.
  • The view inside the ‘mandap‘ or the temple hall is eternally divine. The wooden doors of the temple have also been carved with excellence and have eight different postures of the deity.
  • It is believed that all your wishes come true if you pray here. You will find devotees walking barefoot to the temple to attain the esteemed blessings of the Lord.

Location: Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Reaching there:

  • Taxi and autos are a convenient option to reach there. Buses to Prabhadevi locality are also available.
  • If you wish to travel by the local trains, Dadar is the nearest station for the temple.

Places around the Siddhivinayak temple: Shivaji Park Beach, Worli Sea Link, Nehru Centre

Entry Fee:

Commercialization in the name of God is the only thing that is dejecting. The entry is free is you are willing stand in the long queues but there is also a paid entry with a special pass for direct entry into the temple.

Quick Tips:

  • While buying the prasad from hawkers and vendors, make sure he is weighing it authentically or you may end getting even less than half of what you paid for.
  • Avoid visiting the temple on Tuesdays and weekends. It is heavily crowded or go early morning.
  • Finding a parking spot would be difficult.
  • Do not carry valuables or wear heavy jewellery to the temple.
  • Photography is prohibited inside the temple premises.

If you are in Mumbai, a visit to  Siddhivinayak temple would be among the best of experiences to recollect.

Here, I conclude this write up with a small prayer in the name of Lord Ganesha:

“Ganaanaam Twam Ganapathi Gam Havaamahe

Kavim Kaveenam Upamasra Vastamam

Jyeshta Raajam Brahmanaam Brahmanasapatha

Aanashrunvanna Oothibhi Seedha Saadanam”

Through the above lines are from a shloka (prayer), the devotees are inviting the Lord of Spiritual Faith to visit their home and bless them with a prosperous life.

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