I keep travelling to Mumbai quite often for client meetings, in the last 5 years I should have done at least half a dozen trips to Mumbai every year. Most of the trips are same-day return trips and I hardly get time to make it to the airport for the return journey. So it is not surprising I haven’t seen many tourist/important places in Mumbai. It was only a few months back that I went to the famous “Gateway of India” and saw it in person.

Luckily today my meeting for the day got over early (at 4 PM) and we (myself and my co-workers) had plenty of time; we were in fact in the Prabhadevi locality. So we walked to Siddhi Vinayak Temple and got a great darshan. The whole place around the temple was cordoned off with security and 8 feet wall. After Ganesh Darshan, we took a taxi and had a good darshan at Shree Mahalakshmi Temple. Since today was a working day and it was raining, maybe because of that there was hardly any crowd in both temples.

Being a “Chennaiaite” and a South Indian it was an interesting experience for me to go to a Western-India temple and see the Idols, Decoration, Puja methods, etc. there. Then again temples in North India and East India are different as well, each with the local favour. The difference is what makes India interesting I think.

Shree Siddhi Vinayak Shree Mahalakshmi

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