The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is one of the most popular and most visited temples located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. Originally built up by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil in 1801, the temple is visited in hordes by all the sects of the society.
Siddhi Vinayak Temple has a small mandapam (hall) with the shrine for
Siddhi Vinayak (Spiritual Ganesha). Magnificently architectured, the
Sidhi Vinayak temple has the wooden doors to the sanctum, which are
carved with images of the Ashtavinayak (the eight manifestations of
Ganesha in Maharashtra). With the gold plated inner roof of the sanctum,
the central statue of Ganesha has been portrayed with four arms, bearing
respectively, a lotus, an axe, modakas (sweet deep-fried dumplings) and
a garland of beads. Ganesha is flanked by two of his three consorts
(wives), Siddhi and Riddhi.
Tuesday is considered to be the most auspicious days to visit
Siddhivinyak temple when devotees converge in great numbers to pray. In
the Hindu religion and mythology Lord Ganesha hold the most revered
position and all the new works begin with His prayer. And hence, the
Shri Siddhivinayak Temple is regularly visited by the renowned persons.
Celebrities like Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar,
Govinda, Bal Thackeray come to pray here for their well-being. Millions
of devotees congregate to Vinayak Temple every month just to have a
glimpse of the deity and offer their prayers.
The Shri Siddhivinayak temple has a narrow lane outside its precincts
called the 'Phool galli' lined with innumerable stalls. Here you can buy
tulsi flower garlands, coconuts, and sweets including the pear shaped
favorite yellow sweet of Lord Ganesha, the 'modak'. You may also love to
explore several of the religious paraphernalia here.
Like all religious spots within India, the Vinayak Temple too is agog
with beggars and you cannot escape their glare and the chaos to get
something out of you. There are however adequate security measures
within Shri Siddhivinayak temple with the presence of security guards at
strategic points. The upper floors house the residential quarters of the
priests. The Mandir even has its exclusive website
There is a great volume of faith attached to Lord Ganesha and it is
said that the seeker never goes empty handed from the Shri Siddhivinayak
Shri SiddhiVinayak Temple
|How to reach||Board a local that will take you here, or hire an auto or taxi|
|Attraction||Shrine for Siddhi Vinayak (Spiritual Ganesha)|
|Best time to visit||All through the year|