In the heart of Mumbai, you have to visit the Siddhivinayak Temple. Its imposing architecture intrigues and you are invited to enter to pay tribute to Ganesh. The heavy wooden doors are engraved with representations of the elephant-head god, one of the most revered in India. Inside, under the ceiling covered with gold leaf, a statue depicts the divinity with four hands, holding a lotus and a small axe in its upper limbs, and a rosary and a pastry in its lower limbs.
When it was inaugurated in 1801, the temple was a modest brick building of just over three square meters. Many donations have helped fund work that has turned it into the sumptuous building you see today, making Siddhivinayak one of the richest temples in Mumbai.
S. K. Bole Marg
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028
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