SIDDHIVINAYAK TEMPLE

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Location : Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharshtra
Presiding Deity: Siddhivinayak Lord Ganapati/Ganesh
Dates Back To: 18th Century
Outstanding Feature: The Tilt Of The Trunk To The Right Side (Usually It Is Towards Left)

Siddhi Vinayak, a temple devoted to Ganesh, the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune, located at Prabhadev in Mumbai , Maharashtra. Temples dedicated to Ganesh are very famous as Shree Ganesh is the first to be worshipped before beginning any new project or venture as he is the destroyer of obstacles ("Vighnaharta").

The Temple

The temple was first consecrated on Thursday 19th November 1801. The idol made of black stone was placed in a small structure; the existing temple was rebuilt on the site of a 200-year old temple. The temple has constructed after deliberations with experts on Hindu religion and customs so as to maintain the sanctity of the idol as per the Hindu Shastras. The temple has a 'Kalash', which is a pointed dome of 12 feet, high 'Gabhara' (sanctum sanctorum) weighing 1,500Kgs. and plated in gold. In the premises of the temple there is a Kalash, which adorned the earlier temple.

The Gabhara

Siddhivinayak Temple in MahrashtraThe Gabhara (sanctum sanctorum) is a spacious enclosure with 3 main doors of about 13 feet height. The Gabhara is an octagonal enclosure, about 10 feet wide and consists of a silver plated 'Makhar' (a smaller structure within the Gabhara, which houses the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak). The dome inside the Gabhara is gold plated and has been designed to enhance the beauty of the idol. An exquisite chandelier lights up the Gabhara, making it a sight never to be forgotten. The three main doors are made of perforated wood, which depict Ashta Ganapati, Ashta Laxmi and Dashavatar.

There are 3 floors in total, thus the Shree Siddhivinayak temple is a castle-like structure with a principle Kalash, which is 12 feet high, 3 others which are 5 feet high, and other 33 which are 3.5 feet high, thus making a total of 37 gold plated domes adorning the magnificence of the temple.

Idol

The idol is made of black stone and is two and a half feet in height and two feet in width. The outstanding feature of this deity 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' (a delicacy which is a perennial favourite with Shree Siddhivinayak). Flanking the deity on both sides are "Riddhi" & "Siddhi", Goddesses signifying sanctity, fulfilment, prosperity and riches. On the forehead of the deity there is an eye, which resembles the third eye of Lord Shiva.

HOW TO GET THERE

Mumbai being the capital city is well connected by air, rail and road with all the places in the state as well as the country. Tourists can take the city buses from any point of the city and reach this temple.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the hotels in Mumbai .



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