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All the ancient temples and monuments in India have an amazing story to tell about their construction and the reason for building it. Being one of the most popular temples in India, the temple has an extraordinary past. The temple’s foundation was started by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil in the 18th Century. Laxman Vithu was the contractor of the temple. And, the temple received its funding from a very rich woman Deubai Patil. Her story says she contributed to the temple to help all the infertile women. She was a childless woman being infertile. She built the temple in hope that Lord Ganesh would listen to all the infertile women and would bless them to bear kids.
There is another story that mentions Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj who was the disciple of the Hindu saint Akkalkot. It is said he buried two divine idols in front of the temple, on the say of his guru. Later after 21 years, a Mandar tree came out of the spot with a svayambhu Ganesha in its branches.
The Siddhivinayak Temple Mumbai has been built in a traditional architectural style. The old temple consists of a huge hall, free open space in the front, the administrative office of the temple to the right of the temple, and a water tank. The temple was given to a new architect to keep it safe, and a few amendments were made by the new architect.
The architect Ar. Shri Sharad Athale of SK Athale & Associates did a wonderful job to the temple, after reviewing several temples in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan to understand the history of the temple. The temple’s restoration was started in 1990, and it was completed in 3 years, with an expense of 3 Crore Rupees. The 200-year-old temple was turned into a magnificent ancient Hindu building with the use of marble and pink granite.
- One can attend the Aarti Puja done for Lord Ganesh starting in the morning, and it is done several times for Bhakts till 9:50 PM, except on Tuesdays.
- The temple holds an immortal value within the heart of Bhakts, which states that any wish asked in front of Lord Ganesh does not remain unfulfilled.
- People can attend a lot of things in the Temple, that includes religious festivals like celebrating festivals & Utsavs like Maghi and Bhadrapd Ganeshotsav, cultural programs during Maghi and Bhadrapad Ganeshotsav, and educational activities like Ultramodern Library & Reading Room, Digital Library and Library for the Visually impaired.
Tips for visiting
If you are staying in the South Mumbai region, you can choose taxis as a carrier to the temple.
People who are comfortable with buses, and are looking for a cheaper option, can choose buses from Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport.
Local trains are always an open option to travel to reach Dadar. From Dadar railway station, it is a walk of 15 minutes, so you can either walk or take a cab to the temple.
Best time to visit
The temple offers a magical experience for the people who visit in the morning. Lord Ganesh is decorated with a lot of respect and humble heart, and the morning sun glorifies the visuals of the temple. There is a schedule of Aarti routine that is done for the deity, and the visitors. The temple becomes a lot crowded during the day, as it is a normal time for somebody to visit. Even the evenings, become a rush as office people find it the most appropriate. So, the best time is in the morning. However, the best months for visiting the temple are June to December.
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Nearby market/ shopping places
The markets near the Temple are very similar to the ones around all the Hindu temples. Shops for the things required inside the temple are common. For more advanced shopping, one can go to Ram Gopal Shopping Centre, Star Mall, Palladium Mall, Rangoli Time Complex.
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Interesting Facts About Siddhivinayak Temple
- The most interesting fact about the temple is that it comes under the list of ‘India’s richest temples.’
- Many celebrities and known people have donated a generous amount of offering for the temple, in hopes of their wishes being fulfilled.
- The temple is famous for the fact that infertile women, can ask for the blessings of children. The story of Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj, who buried idols, and 21 years later came out as a spiritual tree holding Ganesh within the branches, keeps us amazed at the power of the Deity.