A Mumbaikar who has still not visited the Siddhivinayak Temple in the city, practically, does not exist. Almost every God-believing human of Mumbai has been to this monumental temple to get blessed by the almighty – Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is known to have many forms and Siddhivinayak is one of his avatars that is believed to be the tough cookie out of all. They say, pleasing this form of Lord Ganesha is very difficult.It takes a lot to make Siddhivinayak happy, and in turn, bless you.
The Siddhivinayak Temple is the most popular place of worship for all masses in Mumbai. It is home to the Siddhivinayak Idol a form of Lord Ganesh that is known to grant all the wishes of his devotees. There are stories of people getting (instantly) blessed by Siddhivinayak just by visiting once.
Located at Prabhadevi, Mumbai it is one of the prominent Ganesh temples in India. The temple attracts people of all casts and creeds including celebrities.
The idol placed in the temple is made from a single black stone and is approximately 2.5 feet high. Placed on each side of this idol are the Goddesses Riddhi and Siddhi, the wives of Lord Ganesh.
The temple was built in 1801. Today the architecture displays beautiful blends of Hindu structures marked with a Kalash and flag on top of the temple. The atmosphere and ambience of the Mandir is such that it will take anyone into a captivating divine bliss. Prayers and offering are presented to the Lord each day in the midst of devotional chants. The temple has about 25,000 visitors every day.
The temple is flanked by a phool gali (Flower Market) where visitors can buy sweets and flowers that they wish to offer to the Lord Ganesha. The Hibiscus flower and ‘Durva’ (a kind of grass) which are dearest to Ganesha are available here in plenty. There are special Hibiscus flower garlands that are also available.
Within the Mandir, there is also a shrine of Lord Hanuman an avatar of Lord Shiva who is the father of Lord Ganesha. Also, there is a black statue of a large mouse which is the vehicle of Lord Ganesha. It is believed that if you whisper your wishes into his ear he will take them to Lord Ganesha himself.
The mantra here is there is no limit to devotion. As long as you ask with a clean heart, ‘Bappa’ as Ganeshji is fondly called, will answer.
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