Shri. Siddhivinayaka

This 200 years old hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, is on the corner of Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg and S.K.Bole road,near Ravindra Natya Mandir, near Dadar Prabhadevi, Mumbai, India. The temple was financed by a rich Agri woman, Deubai Patil and was constructed by the contractor Laxman Vithu Patil on 19 November 1801.

The original structure of the Siddhivinayak temple was admeasuring 3.6 mt x 3.6 mt square brick structure with a dome-shaped brick shikhara.

The childless, Deaubai patil got the idea of construction of the temple during her prayer time.She prayed to Lord Ganesh and said,"God,I don't have a child,but please let all the other childless ladies get the pleasure of having a child, on praying you".

A disciple of the Hindu saint Akkalkot Swami Samarth, Shri. Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj, had buried two divine idols in the front of the presiding deity of the temple,as per the advise of his guru. After 21 years of the burial of the icons, a Mandar tree grew up at this site, with a svayambhu Ganesha in its branches.

Later,it was experienced that Shri.Ganesha soon blessed the request of Mrs.Deubai and therefore, this Siddhivinayak is famous for it and known as "Navasacha Ganapati" in Marathi (ie Ganapati who fulfills your wish on praying ).

The temple was built in area of 2500 sqm with two 3.6 m Deepamalas, a rest house and quarters for the caretakers. The idol of Shree Siddhivinayak was carved on a single black stone and its size is 2'6" in height and 24" wide.

The trunk is on the right side ,which is unusual.The upper right and left hands hold a lotus and an axe, while the lower right and left hands hold a rosary (japmala) and bowl of 'Modaks'. Like the sacred thread,a snake is seen on the left shoulder to the right side belly.

On either side of Ganesha idol are images of goddesses 'Riddhi' and 'Siddhi', symbolising success, wealth and prosperity.There is an eye on the forehead which symbolises the third eye of Lord Shiva.

The Ganesha idol has mismerising grace.Two large silver statues of mice exist inside the temple.Devotees offer Prasada to either of them and whisper their wishes into the ear of the mouse.It is beleived that the wish is passed on to Shri. Ganesha who then fullfills it.

There were adjoining lake 25m x 35m. on the eastern and southern side of the temple. A small Hanuman shrine was made somewhere in 1952, in the complex for the Hanuman icon, which was found during the road construction of Sayani Road.

The temple started getting recognisation from 1960 and here was a steep rise in the number of devotees from 1975 onwards. It is given to understand that the Siddhivinayak temple is receiving donations of more than Rs.100 million every year.