Today, I saw the pics of Ganapati bash at Ambani’s House in Mumbai which was star-studded and full of grandeur made me nostalgic about my last year’s Mumbai trip during Ganesh Mohastav. It’s not like I don’t like my Delhi but still the aura Mumbai has is something different. Here people hardly care what other is doing or wearing. Here if you are alone then also you won’t feel bored. Last year around this time, I won an Ambipur campaign and got a chance to visit Mumbai. Since all boarding and lodging was financed by the company, the visit was more enjoyable:P (baniyapanti).
It was a two-day long trip, and my first solo trip as well. After getting through with my campaign shoot, which was very hectic and took a complete day, next day I started for Mumbai Darshan. The idea was to cover as much as I can as somewhere I know Amit, my husband would never take me to this place. So, I took an Ola cab for 8 hrs rental and started traveling. So, I started around 11:00 AM after checking out from the hotel.
Due to Ganesh Utsav, the streets were decorated and there were pandals on every 10ft. I tried visiting two/ three pandals and believe me each one is better and grand than another one. I started from Andheri east and finally end at Bandra before reaching Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport.
Gateway of India, Ambani house, Marine drive, Mumbai central, Siddhivinayak Temple are few places that I visited. Out of which visiting Siddhivinayak temple was a different experience altogether. It was a treat to eyes and a peace to mind. Its grandeur, beauty is something beyond words. To be very frank, I had never seen such grand flower decoration before. It was fully decorated with flowers, different qualities, colors and that too of very rare species. Though there was a swarm of the crowd still everything was so manageable and easy. No one was rushing or pushing other. People were eager to have darshan of their Master and praying, shouting “Mangalmurti Mourya”.
Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the richest temples in India. It is the belief that “Ganapati bestows whenever humbly genuinely prayed a wish”. It was constructed on 19 November 1801 and is also of the oldest temple in Mumbai. From Apple CEO Tim Cook to Amitabh Bachchan, there are many famous personalities who used to seek blessings of Siddhivinayak before starting anything new. The temple remains open whole day during Ganesha Utsav season. It is advised to visit, during festive season and daytime, as there is less crowd because most of the people are busy in visiting Ganesh Pandals only.
My cab driver left me the other side of the road and from there I have to walk approx half a kilometer to the temple. From the entrance to the door of the temple, the road was beautifully decorated, with shops offering garlands, sweets, and other items to be offered to Lord Ganesha. The shopkeepers will try to sell everything but it’s better to keep it minimal. Also as a favor, they will keep your shoes and don’t forget to remember the shop number so that you won’t miss your shoes. There is an entry fee of Rs.50 which is charged by the temple and in return provide two prasad ladoo which is no doubt the yummiest one can ever have.
The Darshan of Siddhivinayak is really mesmerizing and believe me once you go there, you will try to visit it every year, like me who keeps on asking Amit to go there again.
have you ever visited Mumbai too? If yes, whats your favorite place?? Do share and comment.