The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesha. Located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, it was originally built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil on 19 November 1801.

The ambience and the atmosphere of the temple will take you into an everlasting world – a blessed world of peace and faith. This Indian temple is visited by 25,000 followers every day which also includes many celebrities.The popularity and faith of devotees in the Siddhivinayak Temple is inexpressible. It is known to be one of the richest temples in India.

The architecture of the temple portrays elegance and beauty. This Indian temple has a small mandap with the shrine for Siddhivinayak. The wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with images of the Ashtavinayak (the eight manifestations of Ganesha in Maharashtra). The inner roof of the sanctum is gold plated with a statue of Ganesha in the centre. In the periphery, there is a Hanuman temple as well.

History of the temple
The Siddivinayak Temple is believed to be initially built by Lord Vishnu, though later it was rebuilt by the Peshwas. According to the Hindu legend, it is said that while Lord Brahma was on his way to create the world, Lord Vishnu fell asleep. Two demons came out of his ears and started troubling everyone. Upon the request of all Gods, Lord Vishnu tried to kill them, but failed. He then started worshipping Lord Ganesha. With his blessings he could finally defeat the demons. Hence the place is called Siddhatek and Lord Ganesha is called Siddhivinayak.

Lord Ganesha sculpture

The monolithic idol of Shree Siddhivinayak,made of black stone and is 2’6” (750mm) high and 2′ (600mm) wide with the trunk on the right. This is rather rare appearance of Lord Ganesha. The upper right and left hands hold a lotus and an axe respectively while the lower right and left hands hold a rosary (japmala) and a bowl full of “Modak” respectively. As it resembles the sacred thread, a snake appears on the left shoulder to right side belly. On the forehead of deity is an eye, which almost looks like the third eye of Lord Shiva. Idols of Goddess Riddhi and Siddhi are placed on both the sides of the Lord Ganesh idol. Because of these two deities along with Lord Ganesh, this Indian temple is known as the SiddhivinayakGanapati Temple. These goddesses signify sanctity, success, wealth and prosperity.

This temple receives donations of around 100-150 million dollars every year which makes it the richest temple in city of Mumbai.

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