5 Lesser Known Facts About Siddhivinayak Temple
The Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the many proud elements of every Mumbaikar. Precisely speaking, it is the heart of the natives living in Mumbai. Devotees from all over India visit this temple because of the high significance. Apart from the months of July, August and September, all the months are considered to be the best time to visit Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai. The fact that this temple is visited by popular personalities is surely known by everyone. Well, here are some of the lesser known facts about this temple:
One of the richest temples
The temple is by far the richest temple of Mumbai and one among the top ten richest temples of India. Witnessing a large and uncountable number of devotees, it receives a donation of around Rs 100 million to Rs 150 million every year. The emergence of this richest temple from a small shrine is truly remarkable. Its glory was brought in by the visit of the number of famous personas such as politicians and Bollywood actors.
The unique idol of Lord Ganesha
The idol of Lord Ganesha worshipped in this temple is carved out of a single black stone. In whichever temple you go, you would find Ganpati with a trunk on the left side. But unlike other Lord Ganesha idols, this particular one has a wide trunk on the right side. Explore this unique idol during the best time to visit Siddhivinayak temple, Mumbai.
Adjoining the eastern and western side of the temple, there used to be a lake. This lake was dug in the 19th century by Nardulla with a twin aim of providing water to the natives and enhancing the beauty and significance of the temple. But unfortunately, the water was covered with land and that area is now utilized for other purpose that is it is converted into a playground, as a part of Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg.
The Hanuman idol
During the road expansion project of Sayani Road near Elphinstone Road, the workers of Municipal Corporation found a Lord Hanuman idol. It was placed on the roadside by the workers and came into the notice of devotees visiting the Siddhivinayak Temple. They thereafter took the idol inside the temple to the head priest who was Shri Govind Pathak in the year of 1952. He immediately built a compact temple for the same Lord Hanuman idol.
A Mandar tree
This temple was built by a contractor named Laxman Vithu Patil. The funding for the building was done by a rich woman named Deubai Patil. She wished that Lord Ganesha would grant every barren woman’s wish for having a child and to fill their life with happiness. Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj, the disciple of a renowned Hindu saint Akkalkot Swami Samarth, buried two idols in front of the presiding temple. After a long 21 years, a mandar tree grew at the same spot. This tree was not a normal one as it had a Svayambhu Ganesha in one of the branches.
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