Originally constructed on November 19, 1801, by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil, Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, is regarded as the most well-known and prosperous temple in all of India.
The unique figure of Lord Ganesha that is housed in the temple’s interior wooden sanctuary is the reason for its fame. The black stone deity of Shree Siddhivinayak in the temple has a trunk on the right side. There is an eye on the deity’s forehead that resembles Lord Shiva’s third eye precisely. Riddhi and Siddhi, goddesses of holiness, fulfilment, prosperity, and wealth, flank the deity on either side. And the temple is known as the Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple in honour of these deities.
The temple’s History
Siddhivinayak Temple has seen several changes since it was first established. The legendary sources state that Laxman Vithu Patil built the temple’s first building on November 19, 1801. She desired to construct a temple in order to invoke God’s ability to bless childless women with children. The temple’s initial construction was a tiny, 3.6 m x 3.6 m square brick building with a brick shikhara in the shape of a dome. The temple is currently a five-story structure.
The magnificent structure of the Siddhivinayak Temple
In addition to its mythical significance, the temple is distinctive in terms of its architectural design, such as the wooden doors leading to the sanctum that have carvings of Ashtavinayak, one of Maharashtra’s eight representations of Ganesha. The god’s last resting place, the innermost sanctuary, is covered in gold. The compound of the temple is also spanned across five stories. There is a reading area and library on the fourth level. There is a kitchen and eating space on the fifth level. In addition, there is a special enclosure within the Lord Hanuman temple where one may view a statue that was discovered in 1952 while building a new road.
Two times a day, a goddess ‘aarti’ is performed: once in the morning, right before dawn, and again in the evening, right after sunset.
People from all across India mob the Siddhivinayak temple, either to thank or ask for the blessings of the god. One should come here during the festival celebration to see the temple in full swing. The temple is transformed into a marvel to see by its exquisite ornamentation.
The best time to Visit
During the celebration of the event, the Siddhivinayak temple seems to be at its finest.
Special cultural and social events are held in the temple during the celebrations of festivals such as Maghi and Bhadrapd Ganeshotsav, Mahashivratri pooja, Angarki Chaturthi pooja, Shri Ramnavami pooja, Magh Mahotsav, Ganeshotsav, Gudipadwa Celebrations, Navratrotsav, and Kumbhabhishek, drawing visitors from all over India.
Plan for Wednesday through Monday
Kakad Aarti, the early-morning prayer, is offered from 5:30 to 6:00.
The morning hours for Shree Darshan are from 6:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
12:15 PM to 12:30 PM in Naivedhya
From 12:30 PM until 7:20 PM, Shree Darshan
Aarti, or evening prayer, is held from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Shree Darshan: from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The final Aarti of the day, Shejaarti, begins around 9:50 p.m.
Complete closure of the temple till the morning following “Shejaarti”
Timetable for Tuesday
Shree Darshan is open from 3:15 AM to 4:45 AM in the morning.
Kakad Aarti: The prayer in the morning, held from 5:00 to 5:30
Shree Darshan: 5:30 AM to 12:15 PM in the morning
12:15 PM to 12:30 PM in Naivedhya
Shree Darshan is open throughout the afternoon, from 12:30 until 8:45.
The final Aarti of the day, Shejaarti, begins around 9:30 p.m.
Complete closure of the temple till the morning following “Shejaarti”.
Ways to get to the temple
It’s never difficult to get a bus or taxi in Mumbai because of the excellent transit infrastructure. Taxis and cabs are readily accessible for travel from anywhere in the city.