The city of Mumbai is home to a number of varied pilgrimage sites, be it a Hindu shrine, Jain Temple, Church, or Mosque/Dargah. One among the few popular is a Hindu shrine known as the Mahalakshmi Temple. Now, for those unaware about the ‘City of Dreams’, a question that will arise in the mind is, why is this temple so talked about? In order to answer this question, here is presenting some vital facts about this Hindu shrine that you too need to know.
a. Where is the Mahalakshmi Temple in Mumbai located?
‘Goddess Mahalakshmi’ is the primary deity worshipped at this shrine, and is located on the Bhulabhai Desai Road in the Mahalakshmi area.
b. Who constructed the Mahalakshmi Temple?
It was in the year in 1831, that this shrine was constructed by Dhakji Dadaji, a Hindu merchant.
c. How was the Mahalakshmi Temple constructed?
The construction of the causeway ‘Hornby Vellad’ was assigned to a chief engineer named Ramji Shivji Prabhu by a Hindu merchant named Dhakji Dadaji. It was while building this causeway that the wall collapsed twice. Now, soon after the wall collapse according to a popular myth, Ramji a religious man belonging to the ‘Pathare Prabhu’ community, apparently dreamt about an idol of goddess Devi floating in sea water located right besides the construction site. Taking these visions as inspiration he searched the sea the very next day and found it. It was for this devi idol that he constructed this temple, and abandoned work on the causeway.
d. What does the Mahalakshmi Temple entail?
The temple essentially comprises of images of ‘Tridevi’ (three goddesses) in the form of Mahalakshmi, Mahakali, and Mahasaraswati. All three idols possess nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces. Furthermore, the Mahalakshmi idol holding lotus flowers is placed at the centre. The ‘Navratri’ festival is celebrated with great fanfare at this temple.
e. How to reach the Mahalakshmi Temple?
The cheapest mode of transport to get to this Hindu shrine include bus and train serves. The nearest railway station to this temple is located in the Mahalakshmi area itself, at a distance of 1 km from the shrine. In addition, there are a number of BEST buses that connect this temple to many major parts of the city.
f. The restaurants and hotels available around Mahalakshmi Temple:
There are a number of hotels and restaurants available around this shrine. To know more about hotels please click this Google link map. To know more about restaurants please click this Google link map.
And so, if you are devotee of a ‘Devi’ then Mahalakshmi Temple is a Hindu shrine in Mumbai that is truly worth visiting.