Siddhivinayak Temple

About The Temple

Importance Of Siddhivinayak Temple

The original Siddivinayak Temple that was a small structure with the black stone deity of the Lord was consecrated in 1801. The Temple was built with the funds provided by Mrs. Deubai Patil who was a rich childless lady belonging to the Agri Samaj and hailed from Matunga . This famous Temple is situated at the juncture of Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg and S.K.Bole Marg in Prabhadevi, Mumbai city beholding heavy vehicular traffic.

The cultural heritage

There is a great spiritual importance attached to this famous Siddivinyak temple mumbai as it was built with the humble prayer intention that all other women who are childless may enjoy the pleasure of a child on humbly praying to the Lord Ganesh. Looking at the subsequent fall of history that the Temple has had it appears that indeed the Lord Ganesh has indeed consented to the sincere prayers of the Late Deubai Patil. It is for this reason that the Siddhivinayak here is known as the Ganapati that bestows his devotees with the wishes that they humbly pray for – the Navasacha Gananpati.

The principle deity

According to Hindu tradition Lord Ganesh is worshipped before any other deity worship as he is known to be the Lord of all beginnings. The elephant headed Lord is known to be the god of wisdom, prosperity and learning who removes all obstacles. The trunk of the deity is interestingly tilted towards its right and benevolence of the Lord shines forth through his eyes. The deity in this temple has the special significance of bestowing his benevolence on all those who come to seek Siddivinyak temple darshan and his blessings.

Idol details of the deity

The Siddivinyak temple images has been carved out of a single black stone. It is about two feet and six inches in height and about two feet wide. It has a rather unusual appearance in that it’s trunk is tilted towards it’s right. The deity holds a lotus and an axe with his upper right and left hands respectively. A japmala and bowl full of Modak are held in his lower right and left hands respectively. Resembling the sacred thread a snake spreads across the deity from his left shoulder to his belly. His forehead holds the third eye that resembles the third of Lord Shiva of the Trimurti.

The dedicated temple prescient

The Siddivinayak Temple is dedicated solely to the Lord Ganseh and there are no other shrines in the complex. However, on either sides of the presiding deity are placed the goddesses Riddhi and Siddhi who almost appear to be peeping out from behind the image of Lord Ganesha. It is the presence of these two deities along with that of Ganesh that has given the name of Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple. All the three together are known to sanctify, bring wealth, success and prosperity to the devotees. On the right side of the main deity is a Shiva Linga that is worshipped regularly.

The regular worship ritual

With regard to the Siddivinyak temple timings, Tuesday is a special day with elaborate puja and different temple timings. However, on other days the puja rituals begin at 5.30 am with the morning prayers that continue upto 6.00 am. The Temple is then left open for Darshan to the public from 6.00 am to 12.15 noon after which the Lord is offered Naivedya or lunch from 12.15 to 12.30 am. Post lunch the deity is again exposed for general Darshan upto 7.20 pm.

The elaborate evening Arati begins at 7.30 pm and continues till 8.00 pm when devotes participate to pray to the lord in unison. The final Darshan timings extend upto 9.50 pm after which the last Arati or the Shejaarati is performed before closing the door for the night. On Tuesdays the day begins with the early morning Darshan at 3.15 am and continues till 4.45 am before the normal daily schedule follows. At night however, the Shejaarati is performed after midnight at 12.30 before closing the doors.

Some special celebrations

Some of the important celebrations at the Sree Siddivinayak Temple are the Vinayak Chaturthi, the Sankashti Chaturthi, the Maghi Sree Ganesh Chaturthi and the Bhadrapad Shree Ganesh Chathurthi. The Vinayak Chaturthi is also known as the famous Ganesh Chaturthi that falls between August and September. It is celebrated on the 4th day of the shukla chaturthi. Elaborate worship is carried out in the temple prescient to the Lord where devotees throng in long line to have a Darshan of the benevolent Lord on this special day.

The Abhishek, Naivedyadan and the Siddivinyak temple puja Arati are performed between 7.30 am to 1.00 pm when the devotees are not allowed to have the Darshan and neither are fruits and flowers allowed. Sankasthi Chaturthi is the fourth day of the dark phase of the moon and calculated according to the lunar calendar. The devotees throng to have the special Darshan from 5.30 am to 90 minutes before moonrise, the puja and the night prayers are performed after the moon rise. The Shejarati is done for 90 minutes after moonrise. During Maghi Sree Ganesh Chaturthi and the Bhadrapad Shree Ganesh Chathurth the puja schedule is similar to that of the Vinayak Chaturthi.

A desired pilgrimage

The Siddivinayak Temple is one of the most pious pilgrim spots for Hindus from the world over due to the well-known benevolence of the Lord that he bestows on his devotees. Famous personalities throng the Temple before all their endeavors to achieve a successful accomplishment of their projects. Simple people come on a pilgrimage here to remove all their obstacles and have a successful life. The Siddivinyak temple Prasad is said to have miraculous healing powers and people wiat for hours to obtain them or even buy them online.

How To Reach

  • The nearest Mumbai International Airport is about 25 kms from the temple area and takes about 60 to 90 minutes to reach depending on the traffic congestions. It is fairly easy to travel to the city from the airport to the main city with the numerous buses and taxis plying between the airport and the city. The Temple is situated in the southern Mumbai area and you will have to go towards Worli after you enter the city through Bandra.
  • Distances from major points to the Siddivinayak Temple are Santacruz Domestic Airport 12 kms, Sahar International Airport 16 Km, Churchgate Station 6 km, Mumbai VT 5.3 km and Dadar Station 1.4 km.
  • The nearest railway station to the Siddhivinayak Temple is Dadar. You can board a local train from the Elphinstone Road, or the Lower Parel or Mahalaxmi and reach Dadar. It takes about 10 minutes to by car or taxi to reach the temple from the Dadar station.
  • The cosmopolitan city of Mumbai has a extensive transport system and you can avail of the state bus services within the city the frequent autos and the taxis to reach the temple from any part of the city. Travel time of course will depend on the traffic conditions of the city during the rush hours.

 

Nearby Attractions

There are several temples in the city of Mumbai that have both mythological significance as well as deep religious traditions.

  • Mahalakshmi Mandir, is a historical temple built in the 17th century and dedicated to Devi Mahatmyam. Situated on the Bhulabhai Desai Road in Mahalaxmi area of Mumbai it is only a kilometere away from the Mahalaskhmi Station. Navaratri is the major festival that is celebrated here with devotees offering coconuts, flowers and sweets to the deity.
  • ISKCON Temple in the Juhu area of Mumbai is one of the most beautiful temples dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha. Other presiding deies are Sri Ramam Laxshman Sita ans Hanumanji apart from the Sri Gaur-Nitai duo.
  • Sree Balaji Mandir is located in the Kandavali suburbs of Mumbai and dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. The temple is open to the devotees in two sessions – in the morning from 6.0 am to 12.30 noon and in the evening from 4.30 pm to 10.00 pm. You can reach the temple by auto rickshaws or by the BEST buses that is both reliable as well as cheap.
  • Panchmukhi Hanuman in the Goregao East of Mumbai city is a famous destination of worship where Lord Hanuman has 5 different faces.
  • Vitthal Rakhumani Temple dedicated to Lords Vishnu and Lakshmi is a well-known shrine in the Navi Mumbai area.
  • Gaon Devi Mandir hosts the Swampbhu form of Goddess Marubai Gaodevi tha she revealed under a peepal tree. Mahakiumbha Abhisekh that takes place once in 12 years and took place in 2014 is the main event that surrounds the Deity in the temple.
  • Kopineswar Temple located in the busy Thane area is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Linga is said to grow every year and will ultimately toucht he roof when parlay or destruction will take place.
  • Kochu Guruvayoor Temple in Matunga East Mumbai is dedicated to the Ram laskhman Sita and Hanumaji and attained it’s present state through a tradition of meditative history of which the Banyan tree is still witness.

History Of Temple

A simple history

The Siddivinyak temple history is a simple one. The Siddhivinayak Temple as you find it today was re-constructed five years back after consultations to keep the sanctity of the idol intact. The original Kalash atop is now an exhibit object within the temple. The idol of Siddhivinayak has not been touched in the process of rebuilding the temple and no human transgression was allowed in the sanctum sanctorum. The Gabhara of the present structure is designed to maximize the convenience of the devotees and kept spacious with three doors each thirteen feet high. After the initial construction in 1801 over the years as the number of devotes increased it was becoming increasingly difficult for people to enter through the two small doors.

The present doors facilitate Darshan even from the surrounding areas. Also, the new mezzanine floor furnished with a viewers’ gallery in symmetry with the Gabhara enables the scores of devotees have the Darshan easily. The surrounding area of the Gabhara has been converted into a sitting area with an adjoining stage that is used as a platform for the Darshan of the Lord for those who are unable to wait in long lines to enter the Garbhaguha. It is after 1970 that footfall of the devotee suddenly stared increased with people firmly believing that the Siddivinayak was fulfilling their wishes.

The Temple is frequented by many Bollywood celebrities and political heavyweights too. What had begun as an individual initiative and a small temple has now flourished to the present structure with riches of donation pouring from all parts of the world. Interestingly enough the Temple that is presently run by a trust has also received the ISO 9001:2008 certification for it’s smooth management and excellent crowd control. The Temple runs with one hundred security staff, four hundred policemen and about four hundred enlisted volunteers. With about thirty surveillance cameras and basic amenities provided, it can accommodate upto five thousand devotees at a time with ease.