Sri Siddhivinayak Temple
At a distance of 10 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Sri Siddhivinayak Temple is a famous Hindu Temple located at Prabhadevi in Mumbai. It is one of the richest temples in Mumbai and also one of the popular Mumbai places to visit.
Siddhivinayak Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and the temple was originally built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil on 19 November 1801 AD. The temple then was a small structure housing the black stone idol of Sri Siddhivinayak, which is 2 feet 6 inches high and 2 feet wide. The outstanding feature of this idol is the tilt of the trunk to the right side. The idol has four hands (Chaturbhuj), which contains a lotus in upper right, a small axe in upper left, holy beads in the lower right and a bowl full of Modaks in the lower left. Flanking the deity on both sides are Riddhi & Siddhi, two wives of Ganesh, who are the Goddess of 'success' and 'prosperity'. Etched on the forehead of the deity is an eye, which resembles the third eye of Lord Shiva.
The old temple had an ancient architectural style, consisting of a hall, a sanctum sanctorum, some free open space, the temple's administrative office to the right and a water tank in the front. Now, the temple has been built into unique multiangular six storeyed structure with a central gold plated dome. The temples renovation commenced in 1990 and took around 3 years with an expense of Rupees 3 crore. Marble and pink granite were used for the construction of the temple.
The temple is known by names like Navasala Pavanara Ganapathi or Navasacha Ganapathi among devotees. People believed that Lord Ganesh of Siddhivinayak Temple fulfills the desire of his worshipers. This temple happens to be one of the richest temples in Maharashtra. Many celebrities come here to offer their prayers. The temple attracts exceptionally large rush of devotees during Tuesdays and Ganesh Chaturthi.
Siddhivinayak Temple is easily accessible by road from all parts of the city. The nearest station to the temple is the Dadar station from where the station is hardly 10 minutes' walk away.
Timings: 5.30 AM to 10 PM