The big head teach us to think big and spread the horizon of our thinking, the small eyes tell us about the concentration and dedication, huge stomach for the never ending appetite of knowledge, wisdom and learning, small mouth to talk less, big years to listen more and one tusk that tell us to keep the good and throw away the bad.
Right, we are talking about the Pratham Pujya Lord Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles. The glory of the God is such that before starting anything, he gets worshipped and prayers are offered to him for the successful completion of any task. To praise and worship Lord Ganesh, people have built many temples and pilgrimage which you can visit during your holidays, but there are certain Ganesh Temples in India which are having their own significance and importance.
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai is such temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha which holds an important position in India Tourism. Here in this post I will tell you everything about the charm of this beautiful temple.
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
The most popular and significant Ganesh Temple in Mumbai and in India is located in the Prabhadevi area of the city. The glory of this temple is such that not only Hindus but people of sections of the society visit Siddhivinayak Temple with same devotion and spiritualism. The name of the temples tells everything about its importance.
Siddhivinayak, it is one of the many names given to Lord Ganesha, which means ‘One who fulfills every wish’. Evident to its name, the temple is famous for fulfilling every wish of their devotees. The temple is visited by thousands of locals and international visitors and is also often visited by biggies from Bollywood, politics and even from abroad. In 2016, the temple was visited by Tim Cook the CEO of Apple which was the hot news of that time.
Famous and alluring Siddhivinayak temple was built in 1801 where the contractor of the temple (Laxman Vithu Patil) was built in the dome-shaped brick shikara. Approx 125 year’s backa rich lady named Mrs. Deubai Patil was unable to bear a child. One day she had a thought to build a temple dedicated to Ganesha and on her wish a huge temple was built after which she got boon with a child. Later she opened the temple for all common people especially forbarren ladies who had an urged to bear a child and they can pray their deity and seek his blessings.
In the starting, this palace like architecture was built in a small place and was quite small in size that was fitted with Ganesha Idol which was two and half feet wide and was made up of black stone. Under your India Tourism Packages you will notice that gradually with the passage of time, the architecture of the temple also changed and enhanced according to the need of time.
Today the temple is compact with a small hall (Mandap) where you can see Siddhivinayak Idol enshrined. Beautiful classy wooden doors in sanctum sanctorum are enhancing the beauty of the temple with its exquisite architecture. These wooden doors are carved with the images of Ashtavinayak (eight manifestation of Lord Ganesha). The gold platted roof of the sanctum just adds the value to your Indian Temple Tours.
When you enter the sanctum, you will see a central statue of Lord Ganesha. Beautifully carved out of a single black stone, the idol of Ganesha is worth watching which you can save in your memories for life time.The idol of Ganesha portrays with four arms, each of the arm is carrying a lotus in upper right arm, an axe in upper left arm, bowl of modaks (Ganesha’s favorite sweet) in lower left arm and a garland beads respectively. The prominent feature of the deity is that the trunk of the idol is titled towards right, which makes it more auspicious and of good omen. The third eye on the head of the idol signifies as of the third eye of Lord Shiva and the snake around the deity’s neck features like a holy thread. Devotees in sanctum also see the deity of Goddess Riddhi &Siddhi, enshrined on the both sides Lord Ganesha.
Major Mumbai Attraction near Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
While being on your Mumbai Tourism, merely visiting temple of Siddhivinayak is not sufficient; the city of dreams is full of wonders and tourist spots. Some of the place, you can see below –
Elephanta Caves – A group of ancient caves featuring sculptures and carvings and is now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
National Gallery of Modern Art – Features amazing works of International and Indian artists that fascinates tourist from across the world.
Mahalaxmi Temple – One of the oldest Mumbai temples featuring huge idol of Goddess Laxmi adorned and ornamented in beautiful attire.
Kamla Nehru Marg – Popular among the school students and families this park offers a serene view of Marine Driveand Chow patty Beach in Mumbai.
Beside these, some other locations which you might consider visiting during your North India Tour Packages, Mumbai are Bassein Fort, Upvan Lake in Thane, Colaba Market, Bandra Worli, Thane in Thane and many more.
Hotels – Stay Places Near the Temple
There is a plethora of Hotels in Mumbai which offers you a wide range of facilities that make your stay comfortable and relaxing. These hotels are ranging from plush five star properties to pocket friendly budget hotels. Each of the filled with all contemporary amenities and offers a warm hospitality. Some of the best Mumbai hotels are –
- Hotel Kohinoor Park
- City Guests House
- Hotel Parish Residency
- Hotel Avon Ruby
- Hotel Hiltop
- Hotel Shantidoot
Best Time to Visit
Through the temple is filled with the herd of people on daily basis but on Tuesday, one can see an exceptional crowd in the temple. If you wish to see the real grandeur of temple, I must suggest you to visit Shree Siddhivinayak Temple during festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. 12 days long festival attracts a huge number of travellers from all across the globe.
Reaching to Siddhivinayak Temple
Being one of the most adored and loved God, Ganesha has a special place in every one’s heart. People from not only India but also from around the world visit Siddhivinayak Temple, So if you are thinking on How to Travel to Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, worry not you have numerous options through which you can reach here. Roadways are connected with a well-clustered of roads with every major cities and states. Nearest Railways is the station of Dadar on both Western and Central Suburban Railway. The airports like Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Santacruz Domestic Airport is well connected Airways with different part of city in the country and also the neighboring countries by which you can travel to Mumbai in an easiest way possible.