February 8, 2010

Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai, India

The commercial capital of India, Mumbai city has a popular temple dedicated to wealth Goddess Mahalakshmi. The famous temple of Mahalakshmi is located on B. Desai Road at Breach Candy area in Mumbai. Mahalakshmi is the wife of Lord Vishnu and Goddess for wealth as per Hinduism. The temple is always crowded and is one of the most important sites of Mumbai.

The temple’s main shrine has idols of three goddesses – Mahalakshmi in the middle; on either sides of Lakshmi, the idols of Kali and Saraswati are found. On the backside of the temple, you can find sea shore. There is a shrine for Hanuman and another for Lord Ganesha.

Even though the temple is very small, it is always crowded with a large number of devotees. The site is located at a distance of around 8 kms from Victoria Terminus (VT) railway station. You can easily locate and reach this place either by public transportation or on your own.

As per the legend, due to violent tides, the engineers were not able to join the Mahalakshmi area with Worli by constructing Breach Candy. On one fortunate day, Mahalakshmi appeared in the dream of the Chief Engineer of the project and asked him to make her shrine at the current place. Consequently the temple was built somewhere around 1785. After it, the Breach Candy was successfully built.

As photography is not allowed in this site, I am unable to place any photographs along with this post.

Happy travelling.

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