The Siddhi Vinayak Temple of Maharashtra, India

Temples of Asia | | September 15, 2011 at 4:14 am




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The Siddhi Vinayak Temple located in Mumbai, Maharashtra is locally called as the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir. The temple is situated in the Prabhadevi region of Mumbai. The temple was inaugurated on the 19th of November, 1801. The Siddhi Vinayak Temple possesses a small hall, referred to as the ‘mandap’ by the locals. The hall has a shrine of Lord Ganesha. The temple is named after the other name of Lord Ganesha, Siddhi Vinayak.

Siddhi Vinayak Temple

The temple other than being onLord Ganesha at Siddhi Vinayak Templee of the most visited holy places of the world is also known for boasting great architectural works. Each wooden door of the temple has images of Ashtavinayak or the 8 manifestations of Lord Ganesha according to Maharashtrian legends curved on it. The ceiling of the hall is gold plated; the statue of Lord Ganesha is placed right at the middle of the hall. Other than the shrine of Lord Ganesha, Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir also has a temple dedicated to Hanuman within its premises.

The original building of Mumbai’s Siddhi Vinayak Temple was a small structure; with time as the number of followers has increased the area of the temple has also increased for accommodating every one coming here to seek blessing of Lord Ganesha. The temple is frequently visited by celebrities from both India and other parts of the world, which includes politicians, film stars and sports persons. The natives of Mumbai i.e. the Marathis (groups of people speaking Marathi as their mother tongue) often refer to Lord Ganesha or Siddhivinayak as Navasacha Ganapati.

The biggest festival of Maharashtra is Ganesh Chaturthi. The festival occurs either in the final week of August or during the 1st or 2nd week of September. Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir gets the biggest crowd during this time of the year.

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