Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai is the most popular Ganesha Temple in city of Mumbai. Shree Ganesh is considered as the Adideva, the first God to be worshipped before beginning any new project or venture as he is ‘Vighnaharta’, the destroyer of obstacles. Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple at Prabhadevi in Mumbai, an old temple that fulfills the desires of the devotees.
According to the official website of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi, Mumbai – “This temple was first consecrated on Thursday 19th November 1801, a fact that is noted in government records. The temple then was a small structure housing the black stone idol of Shree Siddhivinayak, which was two and half feet wide.”
“The outstanding feature of Siddhivinayak deity is the tilt of the trunk to the right side. The idol has four hands (Chaturbhuja), which contains a lotus in upper right, a small axe in upper left, holy beads in the lower right and a bowl full of Modaks (a delicacy which is a perennial favorite with Shree Siddhivinayak). Flanking the deity on both sides are Riddhi & Siddhi, goddesses signifying sanctity, fulfillment, prosperity and riches. Etched on the forehead of the deity is an eye, which resembles the third eye of Lord Shiva.”
Apart from Ganesh Chaturthi which falls in Bhadrapada Month, every Tuesday, monthly Sankashti Chaturthi, Vinayak Chaturthi, Angaraki Chaturthi, Maghi Ganesh Jayanti, etc,. are the important festivals celebrated at Siddhivinayak Temple of Mumbai.