Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Siddhivinayak Temple of Mumbai is one of the most popular places to visit in Mumbai. The two hundred years old temple attracts thousands of devotees every single day, who stand in queues patiently waiting for their turn to devote their prayers to Lord Ganesha.
The temple was founded in 1801 by a woman called Deubai Patil, who funded and constructed the temple so the lord may grant her a child, and that other women like her may be blessed with children. The lake which is located right next to the temple was dug in the nineteenth century to counter the issue of water shortage in the area.
The Siddhivinayak Temple is often visited by celebrities, actors, producers, and directors alike, who go to seek the Lord's blessings before their movies release. The temple opens very early in the morning, as the morning aarti begins at 5.30am and the temple closes at 9.50 at night. The timings of the temple vary according to the festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi.
Location: Simla Cottage, Khatun B. Chawl Welfare Society, Road Number 5, Shankarwadi, Jogeshwari East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
Entry fee: No entry fee
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 23.6 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central