The Siddhivinayak Temple, situated on the corner of Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg and S. K. Bole Marg in Prabhadevi was built by a professional contractor Late Mr. Laxman Vithu Patil as per the Financial support and Instructions of Late Mrs. Deubai Patil, who was a rich lady of Agri Samaj from Matunga.. Although she was rich enough, she had no child.. The Idea of the construction of the temple struck to Late Deubai during her prayer time.. She humbly requested Lord Ganesh and said, “Although I cannot have a Child, let other childless Ladies get the pleasure of having a Child on visiting the Temple and Praying to you”.. Looking at the successful subsequent history of the temple, it appears like Lord Ganesh nodded to this humble request and pious Thoughts and Deeds of Late Deubai Patil.. It is therefore, the Lord Siddhivinayak is famous for it and is known as “Navasacha Ganapati” or “Navasala Pavanara Ganapati” in Marathi (a Ganapati that bestows whenever prayed to humbly & genuinely)..
The Idol of Shree Siddhivinayak was carved out of a single black stone and is 2’6” (750mm) high and 2′ (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” (Sweets) respectively.. As it resembles the sacred thread, a snake appears on the left shoulder to right side belly.. On the forehead of the 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.. The word Vinayak also means Husband.. Because of these two deities along with Lord Ganesh, this temple is known as the Siddhivinayak (husband of Siddhi) Ganapati Temple.. These goddesses signify sanctity, success, wealth and prosperity..
It was during the rains of 1996 when I first had a dream about Ganesha.. The Lord communicated to me that “From this year onwards I will bless you & your family by visiting your home during every Ganesh Chaturthi and from now on you will have the privilege of being one of my Disciples..” Since then, every year the Lord blesses my household by staying with us for 5 days..
I am an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha.. And can always feel him by my side in all that I undertake..
|| JAI GANESH DEVA ||[P.S. – This article has been re-created from the original article The Birth of Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati]
Originally posted on RodinhoodMonastery..