Mahalakshmi Temple in Mumbai is one amongst the oldest shrines in the city. It is Located on B. Desai Road at Breach Candy in Mumbai. It is among the most visited temples of the city. The temple is renowned for its exclusive history and devoutness. The temple is sited at the seashore on the northern side of Malabar hills, Mahalakshmi temple can be reached easily by means of local transport in Mumbai. The waves of the Arabian Sea impart a perfect background to this religious shrine of Mahalakshmi.
Video - In and Around Mahalaxmi Temple
Significance of the Temple
This famous temple is particularly dedicated to Mahalakshmi, who is the Goddess of wealth according to the Hindu mythology. The main doorway of the temple is been richly ornamented, leading to the temple complex. Devotees can see here various stalls that sell flower garlands and other items to make an offering to the Goddess.
Nearing to the temple a flight of steps take to the shrine of the Goddess. The main shrine of temple consists images of Goddess Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati. The templesís principal deity is Goddess Lakshmi, after whom the temple is named.
Each and every image of the temple here is bejeweled with nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces. The celestial appearance of these images of Goddesses, enhance the spiritual aura of the temple. It is regarded that the Goddess fulfills all the wishes of her true devotees. People with their firm conviction, come to the holy shrine of Mahalakshmi, to seek blessings from the Goddess.
History of the Temple
The origin of Mahalaxmi temple is linked with the construction of Hornby Vellard. Actually during those days the engineers were not in a position to connect the Mahalakshmi area with Worli by making Breach Candy, due to the reason of vicious tides. The condition here was that the engineers dropped the plan. One day, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared in the dream of Chief Engineer and asked him to make her shrine at the current place itself. Accordingly then immediately the temple was constructed around 1785, which ultimately lead to the construction of Breach Candy.
It is said that both Lords Shri Lakshmi and Shri Vishnu reside in the Karveer area eternally and shall not leave even at the time of Mahaprayakala.
The temple is famous as it is one of the six sites of the Shakti, where devotees can get both fulfillments of desires as well as salvation from them.
Time to Visit
Visit timings for the devotees for the darshan of the Goddess Mahalaxmi is that the Pooja Schedule is from 5 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. 'Navaratri' is the special event that is being celebrated with full fervor at Mahalakshmi Temple. During the gala time of 'Navratri', the temple is decorated from the top to bottom. Devotees from far and near come to pay their homage to the Goddess. Even the devotees do not miss standing in long queues to have a glimpse of Goddess Mahalakshmi at this time. This period lasts for three days, each time, the 21st, of the months of March and September. This period of Navaratri is considered extremely auspicious, the devotees throng the temple on all the three evenings at the temple for a glimpse of the beautiful image bathing in the golden rays of the setting sun.
Other places to visit
Mumbadevi Temple, Haji Ali Shrine, Towers of Silence, St Thomas' Cathedral, Kenneth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Mount Mary Church and Vajreshwari Temple are the other sites worth visiting in Mumbai.
Transport facilities to the Temple
There is perfect accomodation facility here. Accesibility ia good as Kolhapur is well connected by rail and road with the major cities of India.Trains ply between Kolhapur and Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi and other important cities of Maharashtra like Pune,Sangli, Miraj. The city is also well connected by a road network.
How to reach the temple
Through Airways -the city of Mumbai is a most important international doorway to India with international flights from major countries of the world. Air India and many other global air carriers operate regular flights to and via the city. Indian Airlines connects the city of Mumbai with nearly all tourist destinations of India.
Private sector airlines also offer air-link to many key centres of the country. The Mumbai airport has two wings which are Chhatrapati Shivaji international Airport and Santacruz domestic airport.
Through Railways -Mumbai city is the control center of the Central and Western Railways. Usual train services unite it with all main cities like Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Kolkata, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Chennai, Nagpur and Thiruvananthapuram. You can travel to Mumbai from any part of the country by direct train service.
Through Roadways- there are good motorable roads with all major tourist centres which connect Mumbai. National Highways across the length and breadth of the country are great ways to go for the self-drive decision and head to Mumbai. If you aren't contented with driving through the ghats (mountain passes) take help from a local driver.