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Siddhivinayak Temple

Located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai (Maharashtra), Shree Siddhivinayak Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesha. The temple is considered one of the most scared shrines in India. The temple was originally built in the year 1801 by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil. Today, the temple is one of the most popular attractions of Mumbai and tourists from all across the world visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha. The temple receives millions of rupees as donation every year and this makes it one of the richest temples in Mumbai.

History

Shree Siddhivinayak Temple was established back in the year 1801 by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil as a small shrine. Very soon, the temple was renovated and with money and time, it was given a 6-storey structure, which is its present structure. Deubai was childless and she always wanted to build a Lord Ganesh temple, where Lord Ganesh would bless childless couples so that they can get a child. This is why, Siddhivinayak is also known as Navasacha Ganapati (Ganapati who grants wishes when asked with a pure heart).

Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj was a disciple of the Hindu saint Akkalkot Swami Samarth. He buried two divine idols in the front of the presiding idol of Lord Ganpati on the orders on his guru. Like his guru said, after 21 years after the burial of the idols, a mandar tree grew at that spot with a svayambhu Ganesha in its branches.

The Temple 

There is a small Mandap (hall) in the temple which has the shrine of Siddhivinayak (Ganesha who grants every wish). Next to the idol of Lord Ganesh, there are idols of Riddhi and Siddhi (his consorts) on his either sides which symbolize wealth and prosperity. The main chamber has wooden doors which feature carved images of the Ashtavinayak (the eight manifestations of Ganesha in Maharashtra). The inner roof of the chamber is made of gold. There is also a hanuman temple in the temple complex. The architecture of the temple is inspired from the Ambernath temple. It is a 6-storeyed temple with a gold plated dome in the center.