Shree Ganesh is the first to be worshipped before beginning any new project or venture as he is the destroyer of obstacles (vighnaharta). This beautiful temple is situated at Prabhadevi area of Mumbai, this popular temple dedicated to Ganesh was rebuilt on the site of a 200-year old temple. This temple was first consecrated on Thursday 19th November 1801.Siddhatekcha Shri Siddhi Vinayak is considered to be one of the Ashta Vinayak shrines of Maharashtra, celebrating eight instances of legends related to Ganesha.Siddhivinayak is also one of the names of Ganapati. The Siddhivinayak at Siddhtek is considered an especially powerful deity. It is believed that it was here on the Siddhtek Mountain, that Vishnu acquired Siddhi. At Siddhatek Lord ganesh gave Darshan to God Vishnu.The temple is said to have been built by Lord Vishnu. Near the temple there are small temples of other Gods Like God Shiva, Goddess Shitala, Lord Vishnu. Legend has it that Mahavishnu who was engaged in a serious battle against the demons Madhu and Kaitabha, was dismayed by his inability to bring the battle to a quick and decisive finish. Shiva advised him to propitate Ganesha. Upon doing so, Ganesha appeared on the battlefield, and his appearance strengthened Mahavishnu's resolve and abilities and enabled him to vanquish the demons with ease. Ganesha's appearance on the battlefield is marked by the Siddhivinayak shrine at Siddhatek, said to be capable of granting Siddhi.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For removal of obstacles
- To be blessed with arts
- To evoke Ashtasatvi Bhav
Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada
Meaning -I pray to thee O Lord, who has a curved trunk and a strong body, the shine of a million suns, to remove all the hurdles that may block me from all the tasks I intend to perform.
Agajaanana Padmaarkam Gajaananam Aharnisham Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam Ekadantam Upaasmahey
Meaning -The sun to Mother Parvati's lotus face, I worship Lord Ganesh, with the elephant face, the one who grants a lot of wishes, the one with the single tusk, I salute thee to grant my wish.
Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam
Meaning -Oh elephant-faced Lord, who is served by all the Ganas, who consumes the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala, His favourite fruits, who is Uma's son, who destroys the gloom of His devotees, who handles hurdles, we worship your lotus feet.
Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Vakratundaaya Dheemahe Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat
Meaning -We meditate on the great power, we call upon the single tusked Ganesh, who grants wishes.
The Temple opens at 4.00 o' clock in the morning. From 4.30 a.m. to 5.00 a.m. Ganesh Pooja is performed. Khichadi Naivedyam is offered at 10.00 o' clock in morning, Panchamrut (milk, curd, honey, ghee) Pooja is done at 11.00 a.m. & Mahanaivedyam is o