After the wonderful trip to the Gateway of India, we decided to visit another important landmark of the city, Shree Siddhivinayak Temple. The temple is located in the Prabhadevi area of Mumbai and is more than 200 years old. Mumbaikars are known for a grand celebration of Ganesh Chahturthi hence the temple has a unique place in the hearts of every Mumbaikar. This place is not a religious site for the member of any particular community or religion but every Mumbaikar associates himself with Ganesha and reveres him the most. This is the reason we decided to pay a visit to Siddhivinayak temple.
The temple was a small one when built originally in 1801 but today it is a grand temple of Mumbai and the richest temple of the city too. The temple is often visited by high profile politicians of the area and many famous Bollywood personalities keep visiting the temple too seek blessings from the deity of Mumbai. It is also said that the current generation of the family who founded this temple now lives in despair just near it.
The temple is a fine example of the cosmopolitan and the Secular fabric of the city of Mumbai. The nearby shops selling items for Prasad are mostly Muslims and people from other communities also visit the temple and send their donations for the temple’s renovation and other social work on a regular basis. This temple is the very soul of Mumbai. The feeling of visiting the temple was quite a god and a spiritual one. There were so many followers of the God visiting with their innumerable wishes in hope for the blessings of the God.
The wooden doors of the temple were lovely and decorated with carvings of the eight manifestations of Lord Ganesha. There is also a Hanuman temple in the periphery of the Siddhivinayak temple. The inner roof of the sanctum is plated with God and Silver. It is said that a trip to Mumbai is incomplete without the blessings of Lord Ganesha of Siddhivinayak and rightly so.
The next place that we visited was the world famous Essel World.