Of all the festivals India celebrates, Ganesh Chaturthi is perhaps one of the most convivial and vibrant. It typically falls in the month of August-September which is the peak of monsoon in India. However, the rains hardly prove detrimental to the enthusiasm of devotees who sing, dance, and pray with all their hearts to welcome, pamper and then bid goodbye to their favourite elephant god. Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 falls on August 25. Like every year, Maharashtra is expected to host the best Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. People bring home idols of Ganpati and install them in beautifully decorated pandals. Several housing societies host huge idols and also participate in processions across the city before submerging the idols on visarjan day. One of the cities in Maharashtra that hosts massive Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations with everyone from celebrities to locals participating in them is Mumbai. While the city of dreams and financial capital of the country is known mostly for Bollywood, Mumbai is also home to some famous temples that are worth visiting. During Ganesh Chaturthi, the city transforms into a lively hub of festivities. Pandals and housing societies aside, there are a number of magnificent Ganesha temples in Mumbai which are visited by several devotees during Ganesh Chaturthi. As we get close to Ganesh Chaturthi 2017, here are some famous Ganesha temples in Mumbai that you must visit. Also Read - 'Touching Gesture'! Narayana Murthy Touches The Feet of Ratan Tata And Twitter Can't Stop Hailing The 'Historic Moment'
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Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai
Perhaps one of Indias most popular temples, Shree Siddhivinayak Temple located in Mumbais Prabhadevi area is a prime Ganesha temple. It is visited by thousands of devotees daily, with Tuesdays being the busiest days. Built in 1801, the Siddhivinayak temple remains one of the most revered Ganesha temples in India. Also Read - PMC Scam: With Rs 90 Lakh Stuck in Beleaguered Bank, ex-Jet Airways Staffer Dies of Cardiac Arrest After Attending Protest
Address: S.K.Bole Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028
Siddhivinayak Mahaganpati temple, Titwala
Located in outskirts of Mumbai, Siddhivinayak Mahaganpati temple in Titwala is one of Maharashtras ancient temples. It is known for its typical Maharashtrian architectural style. Also called Titwala Ganpati, the temple is visited by a large number of devotees. There is also a Shiva and Laxmi temple in the complex. (ALSO SEE Ganesh Chaturthi: Four must visit places in Maharashtra)
Address: Titwala, Kalyan Taluka, Maharashtra 421605
Shree Ashtavinayak Vasmati Ganesh Mandir
Located in the Malad region of Mumbai, the Ashtavinayak Vasmati Ganesha mandir is one of the most famous Ganesha temples in that region. With intricately designed pillars and well-maintained interiors, the temple is visited by a number of locals on a daily basis.
Address: Khandwala Lane, Daftari Road, Pushpa Park, Malad East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400097
In addition to these temples, almost every major temple in Mumbai has a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. For instance, Mini Sabarimala in Kanjurmarg that is dedicated to Lord Ayappa has a temple for Ganesha which draws in many visitors. Similarly, the Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji Jain Mandir in Malabar Hill is a Jain temple with a special Ganesha idol. Come Ganesh Chaturthi and all these temples will be full of devotees lining up to pay their respects to their favorite Lord Ganpati.