Siddhi Vinayak

Monday, 08 August 2016 10:25 Written by

Siddhi Vinayak Temple is one of the most visited temples of Mumbai. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the 'Lord of Beginnings' as per the Hindu Mythology. A lot of people visit daily here as Ganapati (Ganeshji / Lord Ganesha) is supposed to be the first God which is worshiped before any god in Hindu and few more community of India. The temple has a small hall, where the image of Shri Siddhi Vinayak is placed gracefully in the shrine.

The History of Temple: The old temple was consecrated on Thursday, 19th November 1801. According to our Hindu Calendar it falls on Kartik Shudha Chaturdashi, Shake 1723 in “Durmukh Sanvatsar”. It was built by a professional contractor, Late Mr.Laxman Vithu Patil as per the financial support and instructions of Late Mrs.Deubai Patil, who was a rich lady of Agri Samaj from Matunga (Mumbai) . Although she was rich enough, she had no child. The idea of the construction of the temple struck to Late Deubai during the prayer time, she humbly requested Lord Ganesh and said, “Although I cannot have a child, let other ladies who are childless get the pleasure of child on visiting the temple and praying you”. Looking at successful subsequent history of the temple, it appears like the Lord Ganesh nodded to this humble request and pious thoughts and deeds of Late Deubai Patil. It is, therefore, this Siddhivinayak is famous for it and known as “Navasacha Ganapati” or “Navasala Pavanara Ganapati” in Marathi (Ganapati bestows whenever humbly genuinely prayed a wish) among devotees.

This temple has been renovated thoroughly in the late 1900s in order to accomodate the needs of the surging crowds of devotees that throng the temple during festive occasions. 

Siddhi Vinayak: Most icons of Ganapati depict the elephant faced God with his trunk curled towards his left. Siddhi Vinayak in Mumbai, Siddhi Vinayak at Siddhatek in Maharashtra as well as Karpaka Vinayakar at Pillayarpatti in Tamilnadu are depicted with a trunk pointing to the right (Valampuri). The idol of Ganapati here is depicted with four arms bearing a lotus, an axe, modakas and a garland of beads, flanked by his consorts Siddhi and Riddhi. 

Tuesday is believed to be the ruling day of Lord Ganesha, so people come in large numbers on this day. From Monday evening, the crowd starts swarming around the temple and lining up in anticipation of Tuesday's 4.45am aarti (prayer). With a queue that’s known to stretch for over 2 kilometres at times, devotees show an extraordinary amount of the characteristic patience that Indians are known for. Visitors shouldn’t expect a peaceful experience however. On an average day, the temple draws over 25,000 people. Every Tuesday, the most auspicious day of the week, this number swells to over 100,000 people. The glory of the temple is such that it brings not only the common man but the politicians and also numerous bollywood filmstars who continuously visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha. 

 

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