July 14, 2009

Siddhivinayak Temple: Biggest Ganpati Mandir of India

Siddhivinayak Ganesh Idol

Location : Prabhadevi, Mumbai
Built In : 1801 by Mr. Laxman Vithu and Mrs. Deubai Patil
How to Reach : Closest Railway Station- Dadar; Auto Rickshaws Not Available.
Tips : Secrets of how to pray in the temple. Read the full post to know
It's Tuesday. Alcohol? No way! Non-Veg? Not today! 'cos today is Tuesday- the day of the 'God of Beginnings', the ever benevolent fulfiller of wishes- The Lord Ganesha.
The knees may ache, the ankles hurt bad, yet the horde of people continue to walk towards one common goal by foot towards the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir, situated in the heart of the City of Mumbai, at Prabhadevi. The only place which causes a traffic jam on a tuesday due to the number of people on the roads, the onle place in the City of Dreams where actually dreams are fulfilled. That's the Siddhivinayak Temple- a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Ganesha.
Siddhivinayak Temple Photo
It was built in the year 1801 by one Mr. Laxman Vithu and Mrs. Deubai Patil. The exact date as per the records is November 19th, 1801.
They say Lord Ganesha grants everyone their wishes- 9 Tuesdays for a young girl looking for a groom, 3 for someone who needs a job, unlimited Tuesdays or any other day for those who surrender to this God and ask him to grant whatever he thinks is right for them. The temple has become a landmark all over India as we see people traveling to Mumbai from all parts of the country to worship Ganpati Bappa at the Siddhivinayak Temple.

Although, the security has been really beefed up in recent times as the mandir has been on the hitlist of many terrorists, it is still the one place you cannot afford not to visit in Mumbai.
No laptops or cameras are allowed inside the sanctorium. Mobile phones are allowed but you are requested to keep them off once you enter the security check at the main gate.
Also, there is a special gate where you can pay 50 bucks to enter to avoid the serpentine queues at the general gate. This gate does have a queue but it is considerably less than the general gate. Also there are special VIP entrances for which you can pay a lumpsum donation amount starting from about Rs. 5000 to enter directly inside. This facility is generally availed of by Bollywood celebrities and politicians. The well known Desi celebs who visit the temple every tuesday are Ekta Kapoor (The most famous one, who walks all the way from Juhu).
Amitabh Bachchan and his family, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai are quite regulars at the temple too. Many more celebs pledge their faith here and believe in the good blessings of Lord Ganesha.
So if you are in Mumbai, this is the hot spot to visit and get blessed for life.

P.S. Secret Tip: Whisper your wish into the ear of the silver mice kept inside-It is said, the mice convey your message directly to Lord Ganesha. Don't forget to cover the other ear while whispering to it.
Also do not forget to take darshan of Lord Hanuman- there is a small temple inside which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Ganpati Bappa Morya!

How to reach The Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai:

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Driving directions to Siddhivinayak Temple
13.7 km – about 17 mins
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Kalina, Vidya Nagari, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
1.Head north on Sahar Rd toward I A Project Rd
2.0 km
2.Turn left toward Western Express Hwy
0.4 km
3.Slight left at Western Express Hwy
7.2 km
4.Exit on the left onto S V Rd
1.0 km
5.Slight right at Swatantrya Veer Savarkar Marg
Destination will be on the left
3.1 km
Siddhivinayak Temple
Mumbai, Mumbai City, Maharashtra

Road Map From Dadar Station to Siddhivinayak Temple

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Dadar Fire Station
Marathi Granth Sangrahalay Marg
Dadar (C.R.), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400014, India
022 24134200
1.Head northwest on Tilak Rd/Tilak Bridge toward Lakhamsi Nappu Rd
Continue to follow Tilak Bridge
0.4 km
2.At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Saraswatibai Joshi Marg
1.2 km
3.Turn right at Gokhale Rd S
19 m
4.Turn left at NM Kale Mg
0.3 km
5.Continue on College St
59 m
6.Turn left at College St/Road No 86
0.1 km
7.Turn left at Swatantrya Veer Savarkar Marg
Destination will be on the left
0.4 km
Siddhivinayak Temple
Mumbai, Mumbai City, Maharashtra


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