This majestic temple is counted among India’s most popular Ganapati temples,
visited by a large number of tourists every day, especially during Ganesh Chaturthi.
It was built by contractor Laxman Vithu Patil for a childless woman in a belief that it would
advantage other women with no child.
A lot of celebrities and famous personalities visit this ancient
temple to offer their prayers to the elephant deity.
Located in Mumbai, Maharashtra, the SiddhivinayakGanapati Mandir looks very beautiful during night, when the temple complex is decorated with lights and
flowers. Recently, the temple also won the ‘Best Trust Award’ for its participation in human welfare and
It was Constructed on 19 November 1801, the original structure of theSiddhivinayak
Temple was a small 3.6 m x 3.6 m square brick structure with a dome-shaped brick shikhara.
The temple was built by the contractor Laxman Vithu Patil. The building was funded by a rich Agri
woman named Deubai Patil.
Childless, Deaubai built the temple so that the Lord should grant children to
other barren women. Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj, a disciple of the Hindu saint Akkalkot Swami Samarth, buried
two divine idols in the front of the presiding deity of the temple on the orders on his guru.
As prophesied by Swami Samarth, after 21 years after the burial of the icons, a mandar tree grew at that spot with a svayambhu
Ganesha in its branches.
The 2550 temple complex had two 3.6 m Deepamalas, a rest house and living quarters for the caretaker.
It had an adjoining lake 30 x 40 sq. m. in size on the eastern and southern side of the temple.
The lake, dug by Nardulla in the early 19th century to counter the scarcity of water, was filled up in the later years and the land is now not part of the temple complex. Around 1952,
a small Hanuman shrine was built in the temple complex for the Hanuman icon that was found during the road extension
project of Sayani Road near Elphinstone Road.
In the 1950s and 60s, the fame of the temple spread and a significant number of devotees began visiting.
However, in thesame period, the owner of the plot sold some of the temple land, reducing the complex area. After 1975,
the number of devotees increased dramatically.