Mahalakshmi Temple Mumbai at Bhulabhai Desai Road Breach Candy
The Mahalakshmi Temple is an ancient temple situated in Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, in Mumbai City of Maharashtra,India.It is one of the oldest and famous temples of Mumbai remembered along with the SiddhiVinayaka Temple(Lord Ganesha)in Dadar,of Mumbai. This beautiful shrine is dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi who is also known as "Goddess of Wealth" and consort of Lord Vishnu. This glorious temple houses several other shrines of Hindu Goddesses. The main temple consists of three Idols which were found from the ocean, and all these three Goddesses are manifestations of Shakthi(Parvathi consort of Lord Shiva),namely Maha Kali,Maha Saraswathi and Maha Lakshmi who are worshipped with full devotion and belief.According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Maha Saraswathi is prayed for Knowledge & Arts, Goddess Mahalakshmi is prayed for Wealth & Prosperity & Goddess Maha Kali is prayed to ward off Evil.
Significance of this Temple:
The Idol of Goddess Mahalakshmi can be seen in the center along with Maha Kali and Maha Saraswathi,they are decorated elegantly with gold bangles, pearl necklaces, nose studs and flowers."A powerful Sri Chakra or Sri Yantra is placed just below the main deity and this seems to be the reason for the wealth and popularity of this temple".The temple is well-known as tourist destination and pilgrims from all over the World come to have a darshan of these Goddesses. A large number of devotees throng this temple mainly on Fridays to worship and have a glance of her as she bestows Wealth and Prosperity.Every year during the auspicious occassions of Navaratri and Dusshera, a huge crowd of devotees throng this temple to witness the massive celebration held here and seek the blessings of these dieties.The beauty of the temple is mismerisable as it is built on shore of the ocean and is a must place to visit which is calm and visually appealing.
Goddess Maha Kali Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswathi in the Temple
The entrance of the temple is extremely beautiful and richly ornamented.There are few steps which lead to the temple and temple complex has plenty of stalls selling flowers,flower garlands, sweets and puja samagri like mata ki chunneri,bangles,haldi-kumkum,lotus flowers which are offered to the diety.
Steps and Stalls near the Entrance of the Temple
There is a belief that the Lord Vishnu and his consort Maha Lakshmi reside in the Karveer area eternally and won't leave this temple even at the time of the Mahapralayam(Disaster).The devotees who flaung this temple will get both fulfillments of their desires and attain salvation for them.
History and Legend behind this Temple:
The temple got first constructed in 1785 in Mumbai by a Chief Engineer which lead to construction of Breach Candy.Mumbai being collection of seven islands the British wanted to connect Malabar Hill with Worli which was not possible at that time due to marine disturbances. It was the wish of the William Hornby(Governor of Mumbai at that time)that all the seven islands of Mumbai must be brought together to help the people living in the low-lying areas so that they don’t get affected by floods during the high tide.It was then when during the construction work was in progress a Hindu merchant named Dhakji Dadaji(belongs to Patharwe Prabhu community) dreamt of a idol of the goddess in the ocean and got instructions to built a temple on her name. Upon his description an immediate search for the idol was made and found these three idols beneath the ocean. He decided to built a temple for the Goddess in order to go on with the project and as soon as the temple was constructed in 1831, the residents believed that the goddess blessed the people and helped them to complete their project successfully.Hence,the Breach Candy, that linked Malabar Hill and Worli, was built.It was the biggest civil engineering projects of that time,who's fencing in Worli Island was keep on collapsing, and thus the temple was built.
Visiting Hours of the Temple:
The temple can be visited on all days from early morning 6:00 AM to late in the evening 10:30 PM.
Nearby Places to Visit:
This temple is close to the city’s most famous dargah, known as Haji Ali Dargah. One of India’s best racecourses, is named after this Mahalakshmi Temple and the neighbourhood is also known after it.The people who love to shop can drop at the near by places like Heera Panna Shopping Centre of Mumbai,Atria Mall located in Worli and ofcourse,the Haji Ali Dargah which is one of the famous tourist spot in Mumbai built near the shore of the sea.There are some more temples like Mumbadevi temple,Vajreshwari temple,Marine Beach,Chowpati,Fish Aquarium,Hanging Garden,Nehru Planatorium,Thomas's Cathedral,Towers of Silence,Kenneth Eliyahoo Synagogue,Race course in Mahalakshmi,The Gate of India,Elephanta Caves,Mount Mary Church,The Salar Jung Museum,for fashion and accessories the Streets of Crafaud Market and Fashion Street,etc... and many more.
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station:Mahalakshmi Station near the temple from where one can opt bus or auto rickshaw and even taxi's.Mumbai city is the center of Central and Western Railways which provides trains from all major cities like-
Chennai,Bangalore,Hyderabad,Thiruvananthapuram,Kolkata,Goa,Nagpur,Kolhapur,Aurangabad,Bhopal,Ahmedabad,Delhi and Jaipur.
Nearest Bus Stand:The Mumbai city has plenty of buses in its service and from other states as well.There are buses from Mahalakshmi station to Mahalakshmi temple and the one who drives own can reach through the NH4 highway.
Nearest Airport:Santacruz Airport in Mumbai.It has International Airport which operates regular flights to and via the city and from major countries of the world.The Air India and Indian Airlines are the most opted flights which connects the city Mumbai with all tourist destinations of India.