Mumbai, Sep 12: On the occassion of Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Ganeshotsav, devotees are thronging the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai to offer prayers to Lord Ganesha. Special puja aarti will be offered to Lord Ganesha during the 10-day celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi. Click here to watch live streaming of puja aarti from Siddhivinayak Temple during Ganeshotsav.
Siddhivinayak Temple was first consecrated on November 19, 1801. The temple then was a small structure housing the black stone idol of Shree Siddhivinayak, which was two and half feet wide. The outstanding feature of this deity is the tilt of the trunk to the right side. The idol has four hands (Chaturbhuj), which contains a lotus in upper right, a small axe in upper left, holy beads in the lower right and a bowl full of Modaks (a delicacy which is a perennial favorite with Shree Siddhivinayak). Ganpati Songs by Anup Jalota: Ganesh Vandana to Ganpati Chalisa, Listen to these Melodious Bhajans This Ganeshotsav.
Flanking the deity on both sides are Riddhi and Siddhi, goddesses signifying sanctity, fulfillment, prosperity and riches. Etched on the forehead of the deity is an eye, which resembles the third eye of Lord Shiva. The Ganeshotsav will culminate on September 23 on Anant Chaturdashi, also known as Ganesh Visarjan with the immersion of Lord Ganesha idols in different water bodies.