I pay a visit to Siddhivinayak Temple at least once a year to offer my prayers, gratitude, and respect to my friend Ganesha. It is the richest temple in Mumbai, with donations ranging from Rs 100 million to Rs 150 million a year.
As I love vlogging, I made a video of my excursion to Siddhivinayak. You can watch it here!
How to reach:
Nearest Railway Stations: Dadar, Elphinstone Road, or Parel
I prefer going to Siddhivinayak by taxi or bus as it is a little far from the above railway stations.
Facts about Siddhivinayak Temple:
Photography is prohibited both inside and outside the temple. I managed to get a few shots by stealth for my vlog. Sorry but I love vlogging and photography and couldn’t resist the chance.
The temple has received many threats in the past as it attracts more than 25,000 devotees everyday. So security has been really beefed up. Our baggage is scanned; and you will be physically frisked and have to pass through metal detectors. Closed-circuit television cameras will keep a watch on you both inside and outside the temple premises.
It is advisable to deposit your footwear at the official counter outside the temple. Avoid leaving them at any of the shops. The place is littered with many small shops so it may be difficult for you to identify the shopkeeper again.
You can buy prasad and flowers from any of the shops to offer at the temple. You can buy prasad for your family and friends for Rs 10 per packet at the counter outside the temple.
5. Paid Darshan
If you want to avoid the crowd, you can avail of paid darshan for Rs 50 per person. It allows you to get speedy darshan and skip the queue.
6. Hanuman Temple
An amazing Hanuman temple is located within the temple premises. It is considered very auspicious to offer oil to Lord Hanuman on Saturdays.
7. Ganesh Idol
The Siddhivinayak Ganesh Idol has been carved out of a single rock and its trunk is towards the right instead of the left. On either sides of the main idol, there are idols of ‘Goddess Riddhi’ and ‘Goddess Siddhi’.
The temple attracts heavy footfalls on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Many people go to Siddhivinayak barefoot to show their affection to the Lord.
It is believed that Siddhivinayak fulfills all your wishes and is hence, also known as ‘Icchapurti’. The temple was built by a rich Agri woman named Deubai Patil, so that the Lord would bless barren women with a child.
The temple is open for the general public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on almost all days. It opens for a longer duration on Tuesdays. Aartis take place at different timings on different days. They stop the queue during aartis; so if you want to seek darshan only, make sure you avoid coming at the time of an aarti.
I love going to Siddhivinayak Temple. It gives me a feeling that I am blessed and privileged. If you like my guide of the Siddhivinayak Temple, give this post a star and start following my blog. Thank you! May Lord Ganesha bless you with a great day ahead!
Ganpati Bappa Morya!
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