Monday , 27 March 2017

Siddhi Vinayaka Temple – Mumbai

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sidhi vinayak temple

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About Temple

The Shree Sidhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh. It is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharastra. It was originally built by Laxman vithu and Deubai Patil on November 19, 1801. Though it is one of the richest temples in Mumbai, the current generation of Patil is staying in state of despair near the temple. The temple has a small mandap with the shrine for Siddhi Vinayak.

The wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with images of the Astavinayak the eight manifestations of Ganesha in Maharashtra.

The inner roof of the sanctum is plated with gold, and the central statue is of Ganesha. In the periphery, there is a Hanuman temple as well.

Siddhi vinayak Story

This story is in the backdrop of Tretayug. Once upon a time Brahmadev chanted his monosyllabic mantra while he performed Shree Ganesh’s penances. He did so as he brewed the desire to create the world. After being pleased, Shree Ganesh blessed him with the boon. While Lord Brahma was performing the rituals, two ladies, by the names Riddhi and Siddhi made an appearance at the site. Lord Brahma treated them as daughters and got them married to Shree Ganesh.

There were three sects of people that Lord Brahma created. They were Brahmins, Kshatriyas and the Shudras. He created them from his arms and thighs. Moon was created from his heart and the sun was made from his eyes. Heaven was born out of his head, air and life was created from his ear and the earth itself from his legs. Post these; he concentrated on the creation of seas, shrubs, trees, rivers etc. when all these activities kept Lord Brahma busy, Lord Indra was enjoying his yogindra, his sleep. In the whole process, two demons also found way to being. Madhu and Kaitabha were born out of the dirt of Brahma’s ears. They started bothering Brahmadev. As a result, Prithvi, Shesha, and Brahma were in a fit. In order to stop the pandemonium, Lord Brahma allured the Nidradevi out of Vishnu so that he could wake up.  Vishnu was awake and fought the asuras. But there was no defeat, even after a span of 5000 years.

Lord Vishnu abandoned the fight. And transformed himself into Gandharva and got engaged into celestial singing while playing the veena. This was heard by Lord Shankara from his abode at Kailasa. He ordered his two soldiers Nikumbh and Pushpadanta to herald Vishnu to Kailasa. Vishnu bowed in front of Shankara and contributed with his Veena Gayan. Mahadev was satisfied by the rendition and gave out a boon. Hari Vishnu reported the havoc created by the demons and sought his help to kill them. Shankara pointed out that as Vishnu did not take the name of Gajanan before the fight, the result was not favourable to him. Shankara shared the six letter long Ganesh Mantra and instructed Vishnu to meditate at the Sidhhi Kshetra.

For the following 100 years, Vishnu chanted the mantra. Pleased, Vinayaka made his appearance and bestowed upon Vishnu the power to destroy the demons.vishnu constructed a huge temple that had four gates. Inside the temple, he placed the idol of Ganesha. The idol was made up of stones from the Gandaki River. That idol has the name of Siddihvinayak. And the temple got the name of Siddhtak, as it marks the place where Vishnu got his salvation.

Vishnu returned to the battlefield and confronted the demons saying “I am satisfied by your bravery. You can ask for any boon.” This infuriated and insulted the demons who in reply said “we are pleased by your valor. It is you who can ask for the boon.” Vishnu took advantage of the situated and asked for the boon “you will accept death at my hands.” This was a shock for the demons. As there was water all around, they made a request asking Vishnu to kill him in a place where there is no water. At this instant, Vishnu emerged as Vishwaroop, [laced the demons on his lap and killed them with the help of his sudarshan chakra.

Few years after the construction, came the destruction of the temple. A shepherd saw Shree Vinayak in his dreams, getting information about his presence on the hill. Shepherd made the discovery of the idol. He started conducting poojas all by himself. Shree Ganesh made another appearance and instructed him to get the ceremonies conducted by a Brahmin purohit. In accordance with the instruction, the shepherd did the arrangements. The temple was rebuilt during the peshwa regime.sidhivinayak

Things to Do

  • Phool Gali is a street filled with various stalls that leads towards Siddhivinayak temple. The shopkeepers on this street sell fresh flowers, sweets, coconuts and many other ‘Puja’ accessories which one can buy on their way to the temple for offering to the Lord.
  • Tuesday is considered to be a special day for Lord Ganesh devotees, ‘Aartis’ are performed inside the temple which is flocked by devout worshippers.
  • During ‘Sabkashti Chaturthi’ and ‘Angaraki’ a large number of devotees gather to attend the special events held within this temple.

How to Reach

Things to Do

By Road

From Worli or Tardeo, one can travel by road to Prabhadevi locality, where the Siddhivinayak Temple is situated. One can hire taxis or auto-rikshaws to reach here easily. Many buses are also available that would take you to the temple.

By Rail

Dadar is the nearest railway station to Siddhivinayak Temple. One can board local trains from Lower Parel, Mahalaxmi and Elphinstone Road to reach the holy temple.

outer temple

Temples Schedule and Timings

Wednesday to Monday

  • Kakad Aarti – The morning prayer starts at 5.30 a.m. and continues till 6.00 a.m.
  • Shree Darshan – Starts from 6.00 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.
  • Naivedhya – Continues from 12.15 p.m. to 12.30 p.m in the afternoon.
  • Shree Darshan – From 12.30 p.m. to 7.20 p.m in the evening.
  • Aarti -Evening – The evening Prayer starts at 7.30 p.m. to till 8.00 p.m
  • Shree Darshan – Starts at 8.00 p.m. to 9.50 p.m
  • Shejaarti – The last Aarti of the day before Lord Ganesha’s bedtime starts at 9.50 p. m. (The temple doors are closed after shejaarti)
  • The Temple is reopens next morning after ‘Shejaarti.

Timings on Tuesdays

  • Shree Darshan – The early morning darshan starts from 3.15 a.m. to 4.45 a.m.
  • Kakad Aarti – The early morning prayer starts at 5.00 a.m. to 5.30 a.m.
  • Shree Darshan –From  5.30 a. m. to 2.15 p.m. in the afternoon.
  • Naivedhya – From at 12.15 p.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  • Shree Darshan – Starts at 12.30 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. in the evening.
  • Aarti – Night Prayer starts at 9.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
  • Shejaarti – The last Aarti of the day before bedtime of the Lords starts at 12.30 a. m. (The temple doors are closed after shejaarti)
  • Temple door are close For Ganesh Pooje, Aarti at 8.45 p.m.in the night to 10.00 p.m. and during that timeGanesha Darshan can only be possible from a far away distance.

Vinayaki Chaturthi

  • Kakad Aarti – The early morning prayer continues from 5.30 a.m. to 6.00 a.m.
  • Shree Darshan – Starts at 6.00 a.m. to 7.30 a.m.
  • Abhishekha, Naivedhya and Pooja Aarti – Starts in the morning at 7.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. in the afternoon.
  • Shree Darshan – From 1.00 p.m. to 7.20 p.m. in the evening.
  • Aarti – Evening Prayer starts at 7.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • Shree Darshan – From at 8.00 p.m. to 9.50 p.m. in the night.
  • Shejaarti – The last Aarti of the day before bedtime : night 9.50 p. m. (The temple doors are closed after shejaarti)
  • The Devotees are not allowed entry into the main Temple from 7.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., when the Maha abhishekha is performed.
  • During that time flowers and fruits are not permitted.
  • After 1.00 p.m. darshan will carry on as per daily schedule.

Sankashti Chaturthi

  • Shree Darshan – The early morning darshan starts from 4.30 a.m. to 4.45 a.m.
  • Kakad Aarti – The early morning prayer starts at 5.00 a.m. to 5.30 a.m.
  • Shree Darshan – The early morning darshan: morning 5.30 a.m. to 90 minutes before the moon rises at night.
  • Pooja, Abhishekha, Naivedhya happen 90 minutes before Moonrise
  • Aarti – Night prayer  after Moonrise (Pooja after Abhishekha)
  • Shree Darshan – After Aarti till Queue is done with.
  • Shejaarti – The last Aarti of the day before bedtime  : 90 minutes after Moonrise Shejaarti (The temple doors are closed after shejaarti)
  • Temple door closes during Pooja, Abhishekha, and Aarti in the evening 90 minutes before Moonrise and during that time Ganesha Darshan will be possible from a far away distance.

Maghi Shree Ganesh Jayanti

  • Shree Darshan – The early morning darshan starts from 4.00 a.m. to 4.45 a.m.
  • Kakad Aarti – The early morning prayer starts at 5.00 a.m. to 5.30 a.m.
  • Shree Darshan – The early morning darshan starts from 5.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m.
  • Pooja, Abhishekha, Naivedhya and Aarti – From morning at 10.45 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. in the afternoon.
  • Shree Darshan – From 1.30 p.m. to 7.20 p.m. in the evening.
  • Aarti – The Evening Prayer starts at 7.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • Shree Darshan – The Night Darshan starts from8.00 p.m. in the night till shejaarti
  • Shejaarti – The last Aarti of the day before bedtime :Shejaarti after rathashobhayatra is finished (The temple doors are closed after shejaarti)
  • Temple door remain closed from 10.45 a.m. till 1.30 p.m. in the afternoon for pooja, naivedhya and Aarti during that time Ganesha Darshan can only be possible from a far away distance.

Bhadrapad Shree Ganesh Chaturthi

  • Shree Darshan – The early morning darshan starts from 4.00 a.m. to 4.45 a.m.
  • Kakad Aarti – The early morning prayer starts at 5.00 a.m. to 5.30 a.m.
  • Shree Darshan – The early morning darshan starts from 5.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. in the morning.
  • Pooja, Abhishekha, Naivedhya and Aarti –From 10.45 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. in the afternoon.
  • Shree Darshan – From 1.30 p.m. to 7.20 p.m. in the evening.
  • Aarti – The Evening Prayer starts at 7.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • Shree Darshan – The Night Darshan starts from 8.00 p.m. to 10.p.m. in the night.
  • Shejaarti – The last Aarti of the day before bedtime starts at 10.00 p. m.(The temple doors are closed after shejaarti)
  • Temple door remain closed from 10.45 a.m. in the morning to 1.30 p.m. in the afternoon for pooja, naivedhya and Aarti and during that time Ganesha Darshan will be possible from a far distance.

special days

Shree Siddhi vinayaka Special Puja Days

Sankashti Chaturthi is the fourth day of the waxing half (shukl paksh) of the Hindu Calendar Month.

On this day seeing the Moon has special significance. The pujas, from Sunrise, are the same as every Tuesday but in the evening the temple closes for about 1 ½ hour prior to moon rise. The Hodashopchar Puja is performed then and an Abhishek of Milk and Rose Water is offered while a team of priests recite various Vedic Mantras and Prayers. A Naivedya comprising of Steamed Modaks and other eatables is then offered to Shree Siddhivinayak which is followed by the Aarti Mantra Pushpanjali. After this the temple is again open to devotees and Shejaarti is performed only after the crowd subsides.
Vinayaki Chaturthi is the fourth day of the waxing half (shukl paksh) of the Hindu Calendar Month.
On this day the temple is closed for Darshan between 7.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. The entire Mahapuja performed on this day is orchestrated by the Chief Priest of the Temple and he is assisted by the other priests. This begins with the initial invocation of the Lord’s blessings for mankind and continues with a 16 article Pooja performed with Vedic Prayers and Chanting. A continuous Abhishek on Shree Siddhi vinayaka is performed amidst rhythmic chanting of various Vedic mantras and shlokas. During this Abhishek the Purush Sukt is recited once, the Brahmanaspati Sukt is recited 21 times, Atharva Sheersha is recited 1000 times and the Shree Sukt, Ganapati Sukt and Saraswati Sukt is also recited once. This effort is carried out by a minimum of 21 priests. ‘ Also present for the entire Mahapuja is one member of the Board of Trustees, who, on culmination of the Mahapuja and Aarti felicitates the Brahmins performing this Mahapuja. The Naivedya is then offered to Shree Siddhivinayak followed by the Aarti and concluding prayers after which the temple is opened for Darshan to Devotees.
Agariki Sankashti Chaturthi the fourth day of the waning half (krishna Paksh) of the Hindu Calendar Month falls on a Tuesday. It is knows as Agariki Sankashti Chaturthi. It is a special day for the devotees of Shree Siddhivinayak and the preparations for this day begin well in advance. The devotees thronging the temple on this day are innumerable and Darshan from within the Gabhara begins at 1.30 a.m. Tuesday morning and continues uninterrupted (barring the morning Aarti and evening Mahapuja and Aarti) till about 2.00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The temple trust makes arrangement of Close Circuit Television to facilitate lakhs of people to get Darshan of Shree Siddhivinayak without stepping into the temple.

Temples nearby

  • Mumbadevi temple
  • Haji Ali Dargah

Nearby Places

  • Shiv Park Beach in Dadar
  • Worli Sea-link close to the temple
  • Jewel of India renowned restaurant
  • Nehru centre
  • Theme parks—Essel world, Water Kingdom, Fantasy Land
  • Beaches-–Chowpathi beach, Juhu beach, Marine Drive
  • Gardens—Hanging Garden, Kamla Nehru park, Sanjay Gandhi National Park
  • Monuments—Elephanta caves, Gateway of India

 

Accommodation;

  • Hotel Samrat, Mumbai
  • Hotel Singhs International, Mumbai
  • Hotel Armacourt, Mumbai
  • Hotel Bandhra residency, Mumbai
  • Hotel Metro palace, Mumbai
  • Hotel New castle, Mumbai

Temple website:

www.siddhivinayak.org/index.asp

The Siddhi vinayaka Mandir evolved from a small, tiny place of worship to the Grand Temple that stands today in the later half of the twentieth century. The glory to the temple was bought not only by the politicians who frequented the temple but also numerous bollywood filmstars who continuously visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

Siddhivinayak is well known as “Navasacha Ganapati” or “Navasala Pavanara Ganapati” in Marathi (which means ‘Ganapati bestows whenever humbly genuinely prayed a wish’) among devotees.

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