Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
SHREE SIDDHIVINAYAK TEMPLE – A SACRED SHRINE OF WISHES
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple is a 200 year old Hindu sacred shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha, who is the God of wisdom, prosperity, and good fortune. It is located in the Prabhadevi area of Mumbai. The significance of this temple is that anyone who walks barefoot to the temple will have their wishes fulfilled by Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is the elephant headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
The temple’s deity is Siddhi Vinayak meaning Lord Ganesha who fulfills all genuine wishes. Around the statue of Lord Ganesha, there is a small mandap (hall) wherein people worship and attend the blissful aarti (a ritual wherein flowers, lamp (diya), leaves are offered accompanied by a classical religious song of Ganesha). Within the temple, there is a shrine dedicated to Lord Hanuman (devotee of Lord Ram and God of celibacy). There are statues of two cows seated towards the east of the Lord’s Ganesha idol. A popular belief is that if a devotee whispers their wish in one of the ears of one of these cows while closing the other ear that wish will definitely be granted.
The temple not only attracts Hindus who have faith in Lord Ganesha, but also inspires people of all races and occupations. Bollywood film stars, politicians, business magnates, as well as ordinary people will be present at the divine aarti early on a Tuesday morning. Tuesday is the day of Lord Ganesha.
Siddhivinayak is well known as ‘Vighnaharta’ – the Lord who destroys obstacles.