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The significant among places of worship in Mumbai is the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir situated at Prabhadevi.
The old temple was consecrated on Thursday, 19th November 1801.
This temple is on the corner of Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg and S.K.Bole Marg in Prabhadevi. Siddhivinayak is famous and known as 'Navasacha Ganapati' or 'Navasala Pavanara Ganapati' in Marathi (Ganapati bestows whenever humbly genuinely prayed a wish) among devotees.
The idol of Shree Siddhivinayak was carved out of a single black stone and is 2feet 6inches (750mm) high and 2feet (600mm) wide with the trunk on the right. This is rather unusual appearance of Lord Ganesh. The upper right and left hands hold a lotus and an axe respectively while the lower right and left hands hold a rosary (japmala) and bowl full of 'Modak' respectively. As it resembles the sacred thread, a snake appears on the left shoulder to right side belly. On the forehead of deity is an eye, which almost looks like the third eye of Lord Shiva. On both sides of the Lord Ganesh idol, are placed one idol each of Riddhi and Siddhi goddesses who are appearing like peeping out of the Ganesh idol from behind. Because of these two deities along with Lord Ganesh, this temple is known as the Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple. These goddesses signify sanctity, success, wealth and prosperity.
The devotees in large numbers started visiting the temple only after 1952 and the long standing Q's were seen 1965 onwards. The number of devotees visiting the temple started growing by real sense of Geometrical Progression.
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