A night view of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple with decorations

Shree Siddhivinayak Temple is situated in Mumbai, Maharashtra, one of the richest temples in Mumbai, dedicated to Lord Ganesh. This temple is a great looking temple in Mumbai which is made of six storey construction, views almost touches the sky. Shree Siddhivinayak Temple’s renovation commenced in 1990. It was completed in 3 years with an expense of Rupees three crores. The main stones used were marble and pink granite. Shree Siddhivinayak Temple was designed to be a fine architectural example. Thus, a 200 year old temple was renovated and restored into a magnificent, multistoried and palace like temple.

A distant view of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
A distant view of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple

The mythology is that the king Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj, the disciple of saint Akkalkot Swami Samarth, and also a passionate devotee of Lord Ganesha was told by the saint to bury the two divine idols in the front courtyard of Shri Cholappa’s house, who was a disciple of Swami Samarth. As prognosticated by the saint Swami Samarth, a mandar tree grew at that buried place after 21 years with Svayambhu (self-manifested) Lord Ganesha in its branches. There is a rest house and quarters for the caretakers of the temple and the temple contains a Mandap (hall) for the devotees.

A closeup view of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
A closeup view of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple

Specialty

The main deity of this temple is ‘Lord Ganesha’, who grants the wishes of the devotees. The idol of Lord Ganesha is about 2 and half feet tall and it is made out from a single black stone. The idols of Goddess Riddhi and Goddess Siddhi are found on both sides of Lord Ganesha, signifying fulfillment, sanctity, and prosperity. Lord Ganesha has four hands called Chaturbhuj, the upper right hand contains a lotus, upper left hand with an axe, lower right and left hand with rosary and a bowl of modaks, which is filled with energy and spiritual joy.

A view at close range of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
A view at close range of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple

The peculiar attraction of this temple is that, in this temple Lord Siddhivinayak’s trunk is tilted towards the right side. Lord Ganesha has a third eye on His forehead which is almost look like the third eye of Lord Shiva. There is also a Hanuman temple in the periphery of this temple. The doors to the sanctum is made of wood which are carved with the images of the eight manifestations of Lord Ganesha which is known as Ashtavinayak. There is a lake built by Nardulla in the 19th century to overcome the scarcity of water faced by that region and now it is not a part of the temple complex.

A view from the street of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
A view from the street of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple

Pooja Timings

  • Kakad Aarti – 5.30 a.m. to 6.00 a.m.
  • Shree Darshan – 6.00 a.m. to afternoon 12.15 p.m.
  • Naivedhya – 12.15 p.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  • Shree Darshan – 12.30 p.m. to 7.20 p.m.
  • Aarti – 7.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • Shree Darshan – 8.00 p.m. to 9.50 p.m.
  • Shejaarti – 9.50 p. m. (The temple doors remain closed after shejaarti)

Festivals

  • Magh Ganeshotsav and Ganesh Jayanti – January
  • Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti – February
  • Gudi Padwa and Ram Navami – March
  • Hanuman Jayanti – April
  • Sant Tukdoji Maharaj Jayanti – April
  • Lokmanya Tilak Jayanti – July
  • Rakshabandhan (program for the blind, handicapped and poor) – August
  • Angarak Sankashta Chaturthi – September
  • Bhadrapad Ganeshotsav and Parthiv Ganesh Visarjan – September
  • Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti – October
  • Navratra Utsav and Lalitha Panchami – October
  • Laxmi Poojan – December
By Road

From Dadar railway station it is a 10-minute ride by taxi and most taxi drivers are familiar with the route. For those wishing to take the bus, many routes pass by the Temple and it is about 15 minutes ride.


By Train

The nearest railway station is Dadar on both on Western and Central Suburban Railway. It is also possible to reach the Temple from the Western Suburban Railway stations of Elephinston Road, Lower Parel and Mahalaxmi.


By Air

There are two airports in Mumbai – a domestic and an international one. Approximate Distance to the Temple is about 25 kilo meters from the airport.

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