Shree SiddhiVinayak Temple, Mumbai as it was built with the humble prayer intention that all other women who are childless may enjoy the pleasure of a child on humbly praying to the Lord Ganesh. According to Hindu tradition Lord Ganesh is worshipped before any other deity worship as he is known to be the Lord of all beginnings.
Idol SiddhiVinayak Temple:
The idol of Shree Siddhivinayak Shree SiddhiVinayak Temple, Mumbai was carved out of a single black stone and is 2’6″ (750 mm) high and 2′ (600 mm) wide. The unique feature of this idol which differentiates it from all other idols of Lord Ganesh is that the trunk of the lord is on right hand side. This is rather an unusual appearance of Lord Ganesha.
The deity has four hands with a lotus in his upper right hand and an axe in his upper left hand. He also holds a jaomala in his lower right hand and a bowl of Modak in his lower left hand. From the left shoulder to the right side of the belly of the Lord, there appears a snake which looks like the sacred thread worn by men in the Hindu religion. The idol of Lord Ganesha also features an eye on his forehead which appears as the third eye of Lord Shiva, the father of Lord Ganesha.
On both sides of the idol of Lord Ganesha are placed the idols of goddesses Riddhi and Siddhi. Because of these two deities the temple is known as Siddhivinayak Temple. The goddesses signify wealth and prosperity while Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the god who removes all hurdles and problems of life and gives success. He is worshipped before any other deity and before the start of any good work
History of the Temple :
Consecrated on 19 November 1801, the original structure of the Siddhivinayak Temple was a small 3.6 m x 3.6 m square brick structure with a dome-shaped brick sikhara. It was a chaturbhuj idol with an eye etched on the forehead.
The temple was built under the supervision of Lakshman Vidhu Patil on the orders of Late Mrs.Deubai Patil. Mrs Patil was a very rich lady from an affluent family but she did not have any child of her own. She was a strong devotee of Lord Ganesha.
One day, while offering her daily prayers she selflessly asked lord Ganesha that if she can not have children then let other ladies with same misfortune may get his blessings while praying in this temple and become mothers.
It seems that the god answered her humble request and pious thoughts. It is said that all wishes are granted in this temple if genuinely prayed to the Lord Ganesha.
Around 125 years ago, Hindu saint Swami Samarth asked his disciple Shri Jambhekar, an advert devotee of Lord Ganesha to bury two divine idols in front of the presiding Ganesh idol at the temple.
where he worshipped daily. Swami Samarth predicted that after 21 years of the burial, a Mandar tree with swayambhu (self-manifested) Ganesha will grow at that spot. The prophecy came true and from that day onwards the belief and devotion of the people in Siddhivinayak temple had increased a hundred times fold.