February 7, 2010

Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Mumbai, India

Siddhi Vinayak temple is the most famous temple of Mumbai city (aka Bombay) in Maharashtra state of India. The original temple was built in 1801, and it was completely renovated in 1900s. The temple is located in Prabhadevi area at a distance of around 12 kms from Victoria Terminus (VT) railway station of Mumbai. The temple is one of the well known landmarks of Mumbai, and you can easily locate and reach the site either on your own vehicle or on public transportation.

The temple is small. However, there will always be a huge queue standing in front of the temple. You can find a lot of celebrities among the devotees of this popular temple of Mumbai.

The temple doesn't have many shrines. The main shrine enshrines Lord Ganesha. The speciality is that Ganesha has trunk on his right side, which is found only in few other temples of India. Lord Ganesha idol has four arms. Ganesha's consorts Riddhi (Buddhi) and Siddhi are present on either sides of Lord Ganesha. Those idols appear as if they are peeping out from the behind. There are also small idols of Lord Shiva and another Ganesha in the main shrine. Even though Siddhi Vinayak's idol is made of black stone, it always appears as orange in color. There is a separate shrine in this temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The roof and the tower of Siddhi Vinayak's shrine are gold coated.

If you visit Mumbai, this is one site which you should never miss. As photography is banned in this temple, I couldn't share any photography of this site.

Happy travelling.

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