Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai Mumbai
About Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai
Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai situated on Bhulabhai Desai Road in Mahalaxmi area. It is dedicated to Mahalakshmi the central deity of Devi Mahatmyam. The temple was built in 1831 by Dhakji Dadaji (1760–1846), a Hindu merchant.
Built around 1785, the history of this temple is supposedly connected with the building of theHornby Vellard. Apparently after portions of the sea wall of the Vellard collapsed twice, the chief engineer, a Pathare Prabhu, dreamt of a devi statue in the sea near Worli. A search recovered it, and he built a temple for it. After this, the work on the vellard could be completed without a hitch.
The temple contains images of the goddessesMahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati. All three images are adorned with nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces. The image of Mahalakshmi is in the center shown holding lotus flowers in tandem. The compound of this temple contains several stalls that sell flower garlands and other paraphernalia used by devotees for worship and as offering.
During Navaratri celebrations, devotees from distant places throng to the temple, which is decorated for this occasion, to pay obeisance. They have to stand for hours in long queues holding coconuts, flowers and sweets which they offer to the goddess.
By Air: It is only 1 km from Mahalakshmi railway station in Mumbai. There are two more temples viz. Tryambakeshwar temple and Mahadev dhakleshwar temple near to the temple. Mumbai’s airport is the Sahara International Airport and has many international airlines flying to Mumbai. These flights connect Mumbai to almost all the major international and domestic locations. The airport consists of two terminals, one is 30 km from the city center of Nariman point and other is 4 km from the domestic terminus at Santa Cruz. Both of these terminals have facilities such as foreign exchange bureaus, duty free shops, restaurants, left luggage sheds and tourist offices.
By Rail: The city is the main headquarter for both the western and central railways. These rails connect Mumbai to other major cities through superfast, express and passenger trains. You can reach the Mumbai railway station through taxi, cab, bus, etc.
By Road: Mumbai has been provided with luxury coaches and ramshackle rattletraps by the State roadways and private operators. You can easily travel to the nearby place to Mumbai like Ahmednagar (253km), Pune (152 Km), and Shirdi (245 Km).
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