Shri Mumbadevi Mandir
Mumba Devi Mandir is an old temple in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra dedicated to the goddess Mumbā, the local incarnation of the Devi (Mother Goddess). Marathi Mumbā derives from Sanskrit While Hindu sects devoted to the goddess Mumbadevi are attested to as far back as the 15th century, it is said that the temple was built in 1675 near the main landing site of the former Bori Bunder creek against the north wall of the English Fort Saint George by a Hindu woman also named Mumba. The creek and fort are now deteriorated to a point at which they are but derelict reminders of the city's past. The temple, on the other hand, is still active.
The goddess Mumba was patron of the Marathi speaking agri (salt collectors) and kolis (fisherfolk),the original inhabitants of the seven islands of Bombay. She is depicted as a black stone sculpture in the temple. An etymology of Mumba that is popular is "Maha Amba," or "Great Mother," one of the many of India's more well-known names for the Hindu Mother Goddess (Devi). Located in Bhuleshwar area in South Mumbai, the temple is in the heart of the steel and clothing markets. It is a sacred pilgrimage spot and place of worship for Hindus and is thus visited daily by hundreds of people. It is not uncommon for visitors of Mumbai to pay their respects at the temple and is one of the popular tourist destinations in the city.
~This temple was built in honour of the Goddess Amba. The Mumbadevi temple is six centuries old. The first Mumbadevi temple was situated at Bori Bunder, and is believed to have been destroyed between 1739 and 1770.
~After the destruction a new temple was erected at the same place at Bhuleshwar. The Goddess personifies Mother Earth and is still worshipped by the Hindu population of the northern Indo-Gangetic plain and southern India alike.
~The original temple built at the site where the Victoria Terminus station earlier was by Koli fishermen was demolished around 1737 and a new temple was erected in its place at Phansi Talao.
~ The modern shrine contains an image of the Goddess Mumbadevi dressed in a robe with a silver crown, a nose stud and a golden necklace. To the left is a stone figure of Annapurna seated on a peacock. In front of the shrine is a tiger, the carrier of the Goddess.
~The present name of the city is derived from the Goddess Mumbadevi. The temple itself is not impressive but is an important landmark as it is dedicated to MumbaDevi, the city's patron deity
Shri Mumbadevi Mandir, Mumba Devi Marg, Mumbadevi Area, Zaveri Bazar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400002, India
Type of Place
- Senior Citizen
- ~Chhatrapati shivani international airport is 20 kms distance from Mumbai devi temple
- ~Chhatrapati shivaji terminus is kms distance from Mumbai devi temple
- ~Open Days: Close on Every Monday of week
~Visit Duration: 30 Minutes
~Timing: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM
~Aarti Timing: In Morning 7:00 AM and In Evening 7:00 PM
~Best time to visit: Anytime of the year but special on Navratri
~Entry Fee: Free for all
~Aarti is performed in evening at 7:30 pm and also in early morning. During Navratri and other festive seasons the temple is decorated with lights and flowers.
- INSIDE THE TEMPLE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
~The benevolent Goddess Mumba, is dressed in silver robes and is ornamented with nose studs. She is the presiding deity of Mumbai.
~Mumba is a goddess who has no mouth and her face is orange colored. This may be a significant representation of the Mother Earth.
~ She is worshiped with great devotion by the fisher folk called Koli.
~In the Mumbadevi Temple, apart from the image of the Goddess MumbaDevi there also resides idols of Ganesh Indra, and Hanuman.
~ It is believed that the Maa Mumba does not let down any of her devotees if they are sincere while offering their prayers.
OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE>>>>>>>>>>>>>
On Mondays the temple remaines closed. Outside the temple of Devi Mumba, there are stalls, which sell flowers, garlands and other things needed for offering 'puja'. Jasmine, pink lotuses and orange marigolds are some offerings, which is considered auspicious and lucky by her devotees.
Things to Buy
- THINGS TO BUY================
~Linking Road, Bandr
Situated: Right opposite R.D. National College
Best for: Accessories, clothes, shoes for both men and women.
~Colaba Causeway, Colaba
Situated: Close to Fort area and Cuffe Parade
Best for: Books, jewelry, handicraft and cloths.
~Lamington Road, Grant Road
Situated: Near Grant Road railway station.
Best for: Electronics, gadgets, mobile phones, laptopns etc.
~Fashion Street, MG Road
Situated: Near Azad Maidan
Best for: High street fashion trends in cheap prices.
Situated: North of Shivaji Terminus and near J.J. flyover.
Best for: Wholesale home utility products, exotic fruits
~Hill Road, Bandra
Situated near: Elco Restaurant
Best for: Hardware, wood work, wholesale general stores and cloth shops
Things to Eat
~Shree thaker bhojnalaya: indian, vegetarian
~Uphaar restaurant: Chinese, fast food
~Nor mohamnedi hotel restaurant: Chinese
~West coast diner: Indian,Asian
~Bhagat tarachand: Indian,vegetarian
~krishna murari: fast food,Chinese
Things to enjoy
- NEARBY ATTRACTIONS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
~mani bhavan Gandhi museum
~gateway of India
~st.Thomas cathedral Mumbai