Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai About the temple: One of the most beautiful temples situated in Mumbai, the Siddhivinayak temple is a standing testament to beauty and architecture. This ancient temple was constructed in 1801 and is dedicated to the elephant-head deity of Hinduism, 'Lord Ganesh'. This venerated temple in Mumbai was constructed by Dubai Patil and Laxman Vithu. The shrine was reconstructed for accommodating more devotees after considering the opinions of many religious experts. Every day, over 25,000 devotees flock the temple to offer their prayers and seek the blessings of Lord Ganesh. The Siddhivinayak Temple is designed exquisitely and truly is one of the most magnificent shrines in Mumbai. The idol of Lord Ganesh is sculpted from a single black stone, which is about 2 feet tall. The trunk of the Ganesh idol is tilted towards its right and the figure is represented by 4 hands. On both sides of the idol, figures of 'Goddess Riddhi' and 'Goddess Siddhi' are mounted. The temple encompasses a small hall or 'mandapam' where Lord Ganesh is placed. The 'Gabhara' is an octagonal shelter, which is about ten feet wide that covers the idol of Lord Ganesh. The roof of the Gabhara is gold plated and enhances the beauty of the idol. One can observe intricate designs and 8 different images of Lord Ganesh that are carved perfectly on the wooden doors of the temple. The temple complex covers an area of 2550 sq. meters. Significance: There is a lot of significance of Siddhivinayak temple. It is said that it is very difficult to please this form of Ganesha. The trunk of this deity is turned on the right side and this is one of the most popular forms of Ganapati. This is a Swambhu (not made by man) form of Ganesha. The main idol is kept in a brass frame. It is about three feet tall and 2.5 feet wide. The idol also has his consorts Riddhi and Siddhi sitting on his laps and its stomach is not too wide as compared to the other Ganesha idols. The temple faces north. Tourists keep on flanking the place in huge numbers all around the year. There is also a place near the temple shrine where the sage Ved Vyasa used to perform sacrifices. But, it is covered by water now.