Shree Mahalakshmi Temple
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
Once inside, Separate queue for Male and Female devotees can be seen and a little space exactly in middle to sit and relax for a while once Darshan is done.
~Built around 1785, the history of this temple is supposedly connected with the building of the Hornby Vellard.
~Apparently after portions of the sea wall of the Vellard collapsed twice, the chief engineer, a Pathare Prabhu, named Ramji Shivji Prabhu, dreamt of a devi statue in the sea near Worli. A search recovered it, and he built a temple for it.
Shree Mahalakshmi Temple, Bhulabhai Desai Marg, Mahalaxmi West, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400026, India
Type of Place
- Senior Citizen
- ~ Mahalaxmi Railway Station is at 2 kms distance from mahalakshmi temple ~Churchgate is at 7.1 kms distance from mahalakshmi temple
- ~Chhtrapati shivaji international airport
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION============
~Temple Main Entry Gate
~Temple Timings : 6:00 Am to 10:00 Pm
-Weekdays and Weekends both.
~Naivedya Timings : 12:00 Noon.
~Aarti Timings : 4 times in a day
-Early Morning Main Aarti at 7:00 Am (20 Minutes)
-Evening Dhoop Aarti at 6:00 PM (10 Minutes)
-7:30 Evening Main Aarti (20 Minutes)
-Night Closing Shejarati Aarti at 10:00 Pm
~You can purchase Sweets and Flowers etc to offer inside main temple
~the ladders to climb starts (Just 10 to 20 odd ladders) with a security check and metal detector gates before you reach the top of main Mahalakshmi Temple.
~You can safely remove and keep your shoes at the shoe keeper ladies near temple ladders who takes care of it charging just Rs.5.
~ Do take care of you bags, pockets and money when inside crowded premise.
- INSIDE THE TEMPLE=============
~The temple contains images of the Tridevi goddesses Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, 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.
~Three Main Goddess Deities which names this temple Mahalakshmi are Shree (Mahasaraswati, Mahalakshmi and Mahakali).
~ This temple is one of the oldest in Mumbai with design and structure as it is since decades. ~Quite narrow premise as surrounded by residents, The backside of temple is wide open rocky sea easy accessible.
~ Visiting the sea front is safe, Just take care when walking on slippery rocks and ignore during monsoons.
~Flower Vendors Shops
- TEMPLE PREMISE LANE===========
~Walk ahead and a straight lane which is the main premise gets started with shops on both side, a divider for entrance and exit with shoes care vendors in centre. Major this lane has food vendors and other shops on both sides. Its about 50 to 70 metre stretch, heavily crowded during Sundays and Hindu festival days.
~ One small and ancient Shiva temple (Shree Param Rameshwar Mahadev Mandir) can be seen on left side as you enter.
~Walk little ahead and their is another huge temple on left side just before all flower vendor shops starts.
Things to Buy
- ~runwall mall
~hbs centric mall
~lake city mall
Things to Eat
~food court:Chinese, fast food, north Indian, mughlai
~pitaburg:Lebanese, north Indian
~baskin Robbins:desserts, ice cream
~candy and green: Asian,Indian, continental
~fantasie fine chocolates: desserts
~pretty baked: bakery
~apron patisserie: bakery
Things to enjoy
FESTIVAL CELEBRATED IN TEMPLE=========
~Navratri is celebrated in the temple 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.
- NEARBY ATTRACTION================
~haji Ali mosque
~shree siddhi vinayak temple
~shree swami narayan temple
~mani bhavan Gandhi Museum