The Ganesha at Siddhivinayak is a referred to as “Navasacha Ganapati” or “Navasala Pavanara Ganapati” which means Ganapati who bestows generously when prayed humbly and genuinely.
One of the most revered Temples of the Lord Ganesha is the Siddhivinayak temple in the heart of Mumbai. The temple is frequented by thousands of devotees every day. The regular visitors to the temple are among politicians, Bollywood film stars, established, businessmen, cricketers and others from the glamour world.
Here are the interesting facts about the most glorified Temple of Lord Ganesha.:
- The temple was formed 125 years ago. It was a very small shrine which when discovered to be very powerful in granting wishes, increased the visitors and thus a grand temple was constructed. The temple was renovated into a building due to the generous donation by a rich Agri woman named Deubai Patil.
- According to legends, The Siddivinayak Temple is believed to be primarily built by Lord Vishnu, though later it was rebuilt by the Peshwas. It is believed that while Lord Brahma was creating the world, Lord Vishnu fell asleep.
Two demons came out of his ears and created havoc. Lord Vishnu tried to kill them, but could not. He then requested Ganesha for his help. With Lord Ganesha’sblessings he could finally defeat the demons.
- The idol of Shree Siddhivinayak is made out of a single black stone which is 2’6″ high and 2′ wide. The trunk of the Lord is on the right which makes the idol unusual. 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. What appears to be the sacred thread, is a snake which runs down from the left shoulder to right side of the belly. On the forehead of idol, there is an eye, which represents the third eye of Lord Shiva. There is one idol each of Riddhi and Siddhi goddesses on both sides of the Lord Ganesh idol.
- Shree Siddhivinayak temple is one of the richest temples in the country with huge amounts of donations, in the range of Rs 100 million to 150 million a year, pouring in from all corners of the world.
The Siddhivinayak Temple will certainly fulfill your wishes; all you need to have is faith!