Location: The pious pilgrimage of Hindus ‘Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir’ is a holy hub in Prabhadevi, Mumbai (Maharashtra).
Prime deity: Lord Sri Ganesha or Siddhivinayak or Navasacha Ganapati or Navasala Pavanara Ganapati
Founder: Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil
Date of foundation: 19th November 1801
Significance: This holy shrine is shaped up in its current magnificence from a small and tiny place of worship. The splendid mammoth structure of this temple is a place to throng with the revered heart. From laymen to famous celebrities, every devotee comes to seek blessing of Lord Ganesha here frequently.
History: The founder and fund provider ‘Deaubai Patil’ was childless. She laid the foundation of this temple with the pious thought of blessing everyone with the child. As the myth goes, no barren woman goes with empty hand from here since the wish to have a child is fulfilled for sure after taking blessings of lord Siddhivinayak.
The legend also goes that a disciple of Hindu Saint Akkalkot Swami Samarth namely ‘Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj’ put two statues in the ground in front of the very spot where the presiding god of this temple is erected. The prophecy of Guru Samarth proved factual after 21 years. A Madar tree shot out of the ground from the same spot where the idols were buried. The svayambhu Ganesha appeared naturally encrusted in its branches.
A small shrine of lord Hanuman used to be there in the place of the current structure of temple since the deity’s idol was dug out of the ground during a road extension project called ‘Savani Road’ near Elphinstone Road.
As much its fame dispersed as more devotees have been beginning to visit this place by the time since 1950 or 1960. But dramatic jump in the number of devotees has been noticed since 1975; however, the complex of this temple was shrunk.
Area: 2550 sq metre
Complex: It has 3.6 m Deepmalas (rows of lamps), a rest house and a quarter for the caretaker. There is a small mandap or hall also where the idol of lord Siddhivinayak is erected.
Doors: The encrusted image of lord Ganesha on wooden doors of the sanctum is called ‘Ashtavinayak’. It means the 8 images of lord Ganesha, which are the popular names of this deity in Maharashtra.
Roof: the gold leafs are planted on the inner roof of the sanctum.
Lake: The Lake measuring 30X40 sq m. is stretched on its eastern and southern side.