Mumbai

The Holy Trail – Mumbai

The city of Mumbai is an interesting blend of all things personal. From famous discotheques and pubs on one end to religious places of worship, this city has it all. It would be interesting to check out some of these places if one has the time in Mumbai

 

The Mumba Devi Temple

Few people know that Mumbai derives its name from Mumba Devi. Mumba Devi Mandir is an old Hindu temple in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra dedicated to the goddess Mumbā, the local incarnation of the Devi (Mother Goddess). Mumbā derives its origin from Sanskrit Mahā-Ambā “Great Mother”, and aaī (mother)

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.

Mumbadevi Temple Maharashtra, Maa Mumbadevi temple is another Shakti temple situated in Mumbai. According to a popular legend the structure of the temple is about six centuries old and it is believed be the handiwork of Mumbaraka, a sadistic giant who frequently plundered the city at the time. Terrorized by these unwelcome visits, the locals pleaded with Lord Brahma to protect them. Brahma then “pulled out of his own body”, an eight armed goddess who vanquished the Mumbaraka. Brought to his knees, Mumbaraka implored the goddess to take his name and built a temple in her honour. She still stands there, an orange-faced goddess on an altar strewn with marigolds: devotees believe that those who seek her divine favor are never disappointed.

Marine Lines is the nearest railway station

 

Babulnath Temple

One of the most important Jain temples in the city is the Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji Jain Temple (Ridge Rd, Walkeshwar (Malabar Hill). It is also regarded as the most beautiful Jain temple in Mumbai. The entrance is guarded by two massive elephant stone sculptures. Inside, you’ll find a variety of sculpted images depicting different gods and saints. The site is open daily from 5 am to 9 pm.

 

Mahalakshmi Temple @ Bhulabhai Desai Road

The Mahalakshmi Mandir as the name suggests is dedicated to Godess Mahalakshmi. The temple dates back to 1831 when it was built by Dhakji Dadaji, a merchant. History has it that idol was recovered from the sea and temple was built for it at the location.

The temple contains images of the goddesses Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati. All three images are adorned with nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces. The image of Mahalakshmi is in the centre 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.

 

Haji Ali

Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most popular religious places in Mumbai, visited by people of all religions alike. Haji Ali Dargah is one of India’s most famous and prestigious landmarks situated about 500 yards from the Mumbai shoreline in the middle of the Arabian Sea.

The structure was erected on a set of high rising rocks and was given its present day shape in the early 19th century after the Trust was legally formed as an entity in 1916. Haji Ali Dargah is the complex housing the tomb of the Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (RA). Along with the tomb, there is also a Masjid at Haji Ali. This monument has been sentinel to the shores of Mumbai since a long time.

All the 3 sites are within a km of each other in the order Babulnath Temple, Mahalakshmi Temple and Haji Ali.

 

Siddhivinayak Temple

One of the most popular & significant places of worship is the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir situated at Prabhadevi. This temple was first consecrated in 1801. The temple then was a small structure housing the black stone idol of Shree Siddhivinayak, which was two and half feet wide. The outstanding feature of this deity is the tilt of the trunk to the right side. The idol has four hands (Chaturbhuj), which contains a lotus in upper right, a small axe in upper left, holy beads in the lower right and a bowl full of Modaks (a delicacy which is a perennial favourite with Shree Siddhivinayak). Flanking the deity on both sides are Riddhi & Siddhi, goddesses signifying sanctity, fulfilment, prosperity and riches. Etched on the forehead of the deity is an eye, which resembles the third eye of Lord Shiva.

 

The Mount Mary Basilica

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, more commonly known as Mount Mary Church, is a Roman Catholic Basilica located in Bandra, Mumbai. The feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated here on the first Sunday after 8 September, the birthday of the Virgin Mary. The feast is followed by a week-long celebration known locally as the Bandra Fair and is visited by thousands of people.

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, more commonly known as Mount Mary Church, is a Roman Catholic Basilica located in Bandra, Mumbai. The feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated here on the first Sunday after 8 September, the birthday of the Virgin Mary. The feast is followed by a week-long celebration known locally as the Bandra Fair and is visited by thousands of people.

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