Shri Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir, Mumbai

Dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesha, Shri Siddhi Vinayak Ganapati Mandir is the most famous temple in Mumbai. Siddhivinayak translates to ‘Lord over obstacles’ and is one of the many names of Lord Ganesha. It is also known as Navasala Pavanara Ganapati or Navsacha Ganapati among devotees.

Shri Siddhivinayak Temple is frequented by several Bollywood celebrities, famous personalities, politicians and commoners alike. The temple was originally built in 1801 and the present-day complex is a result of renovations that were completed in 1993.

History of Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai

The original dome-shaped structure of the temple was built in 1801. It was significantly smaller than the Ganesha idol that stands tall in the temple today. However, the idol is the same monolithic structure carved from black stone. It was funded by a wealthy Agri woman named Deubai Patil and built by the contractor Laxman Vithu Patil. Deubai Patil was childless due to infertility and funded the temple so that Lord Ganesha could grant children to other women.

In 1990, the Government of Maharashtra refurbished the temple to regulate the flow of devotees and worshippers. The refurbishment was completed in 1993.

ganesha idol at a temple in mumbai

ganesha idol at a temple in mumbai

Architecture of Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai

The temple houses a small mandap with a shrine for Siddhi Vinayak. The door of the shrine is carved with images of the eight manifestations of Lord Ganesha in Marathi, also known as Ashtavinayak, and the inner roof is plated with gold, which adds to the attraction of the temple. On the ground level, the temple has three entrances to the inner shrine, where the idol of Lord Ganesha sits on a throne built in gold. On either side of the idol are the idols of Hindu goddesses Siddhi and Riddhi.

The dome of the temple is lit up with multiple colours in the evenings. The idol of Lord Ganesha is kept right under the dome. The complex also houses a Hanuman Temple.

The present-day structure of Siddhivinayak Temple was designed by Sharath Athale. Except for the original idol of the deity, the entire temple has been renovated.

The idol of Lord Ganesha

At present, the idol of Lord Ganesha is carved out of a black stone. The idol has four hands, also known as ‘chaturbhuj’. It is holding a plate of ‘modak’, a garland of holy beads, an axe and a lotus in each hand. A third eye is etched on the forehead of the idol, which resembles that of Lord Shiva.

Things to do near Siddhivinayak, Mumbai

After offering prayers at the temple, you can make your way to the number of tourist spots nearby:

Prabhadevi Beach
Prabhadevi Beach is one of the best places to watch the sunset in Mumbai. The beach offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and clear views of Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

Worli Fort
Worli Fort was built by the British in 1675. Although a small fraction of the original construction stands today, it is a must-visit for all history enthusiasts.

Haji Ali Dargah
Located off the coast of Worli, Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The mosque is a majestic example of Indo-Islamic architecture and was built in 1431.

beach in mumbai
haji ali dargah in mumbai

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