Shri Siddhivinayak Temple
श्री सिद्धिविनायक मंदिर
Shri Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai (Maharashtra, India)
Religion
AffiliationHinduism
DistrictMumbai
DeityGanesha
FestivalsGanesh Chaturthi
Governing bodyShree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple Trust
Location
LocationPrabhadevi, Dadar
StateMaharashtra
CountryIndia
Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai is located in Maharashtra
Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
Location in Maharashtra
Geographic coordinates19°01′01″N 72°49′49″E / 19.016920°N 72.830409°E / 19.016920; 72.830409
Architecture
TypeMandir
CreatorLaxman Vithu & Deubai Patil
Completed19 November 1801; 222 years ago (19 November 1801)
Website
http://siddhivinayak.org

The Shri Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ganesha. It is located in Prabhadevi neighbourhood of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.[1] It was originally built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil on 19 November 1801. It is one of the most popular Hindu temples in Mumbai.[2]

The temple has a small mandap with the shrine for Siddhi Vinayak ("Ganesha who grants your wish"). The wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with images of the Ashtavinayak (the eight manifestations of Ganesha in Maharashtra). The inner roof of the sanctum is plated with gold, and the central statue is of Ganesha. In the periphery, there is a Hanuman temple as well. The exterior of the temple consists of a dome which is lit up with multiple colors in the evenings and they keep changing every few hours. The statue of Shri Ganesha is located exactly under the dome. The pillars are carved out with the images of ashtvinayak.

The Ganesh Idol.

Governance

Temple donations and other activities related to temple are governed by the board members of Shri Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Temple Trust.[3] Trust is registered under Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950, with the name “Shri Ganpati Temple at Prabhadevi Road, Dadar, Bombay".

Trust is regulated by Shri Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Temple Trust (Prabhadevi) Act, 1980. It was adopted on 11 October 1980.[4]

Aadesh Bandekar is current chairman of the trust.[5]

Donations and litigation

The Siddhivinayak temple receives donations of around 100 million (US$1.3 million) – 150 million (US$1.9 million) every year, which makes it Mumbai city's richest temple trust.[6] In 2004, the Siddhivinayak Ganpati Temple Trust, which operates the temple, was accused of mismanaging donations. Consequently, the Bombay High Court appointed a committee headed by retired judge V P Tipnis to scrutinize the trust's donations and probe the allegations.[6] The committee reported that "The most shocking aspect of the matter is that there is no method or principle followed for particular institutions. The only criteria for selection were recommendation or reference by trustees or the minister or a political heavy-weight, generally belonging to the ruling party".[7]

In 2006 the Bombay High Court directed the state government, the Siddhivinayak Temple Trust and the petitioner Keval Semlani to prepare "suggestive guidelines" for using the temple's trust funds.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Shri Siddhivinayak Mandir". Amazing Maharashtra.
  2. ^ "The Birth of Shri Siddhivinayak Ganapati". Archived from the original on 27 May 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Board of Trustees - Shri Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir Trust". 2 October 2020. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  4. ^ "SHRI SIDDHI VINAYAK GANPATI TEMPLE TRUST (PRABHADEVI) ACT, 1980" (PDF). Law and Judiciary Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  5. ^ ANI. "Sena leader Adesh Bandekar reappointed as Sri Siddhivinayak Temple trust Chairman". BW Businessworld. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  6. ^ a b Siddhivinayak grants may be screened, Times of India, 10 December 2004. Retrieved on 1 March 2007.
  7. ^ Draft guidelines for using Trust funds of Siddhivinayak: HC UNI 9 March 2006. Retrieved on 1 March 2007.
  8. ^ State to finalize guidelines for Siddhivinayak Trust funds: HC UNI 13 December 2006. Retrieved on 1 March 2007.

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