Location: The Hindu pilgrimage ‘Mumba Devi’ is located in Bhuleshwar area of South ‘city of dreams’, i.e. Mumbai. It is erected closed to the station called ‘Marine Lines’ at ‘Phansi Talao’.
Prime Deity: Mumba Devi
Etymology: Mumba is extracted from Marathi that is driven from Sanskrit language. The actual Sanskrit word ‘Maha Amba’ stands for ‘Great mother’. It is also a Portuguese word ‘Bom Bahia’ that means ‘Good Harbour’.
Foundation era: 15th century, 1737
Date of its construction: 1675
History: The fore structure of sacred Mumba Devi temple was six centuries old that was built near the main coastal area of Bori Bander creek that is against the north wall of the English Fort Saint George. The lady who paved its construction is popularly known as ‘Mumba’.
It’s first architecture was built between 1739 and 1770 near the Victorious Terminus station. But demolition by Koli fishermen brought it to dilapidation.
It is the pious place, where the patron of the agri (Salt collector) or Kolis (Fisher folk) Mumba Devi, is worshipped by the natives of the seven islands of Bombay.
Legend: The temple ‘Mumba Devi’ is regarded as a shaktisthal since there abides ‘Devi Mumba’ in eternal form. The original idol of Mumba Devi is a specimen of Mumbaraka, a sadistic giant, who invaded and looted the city numerous times.
Scared people pleaded to lord Brahma for providing protection to them from that beast. On urge of traumatized people, lord Brahma ‘incarnated’ the Devi from his own body who had eight arms. The Devi slain the Mumbaraka while kneeling him on his knees.
The plea of the remorse granted and consequently, the goddess also acquired his name. Thence, this temple is christened as ‘Mumba Devi’ on his name.
The red-faced structure of the deity is still erected in the altar where marigolds are scattered. It is common belief that the blessing of this goddess never let the disappointment fear to them.
Sculpture: The black stony sculpture of Mumba devi is attired in a robe that looks astonishing in its silver crown, a nose stud and a golden necklace.
Other idols: The goddess Annapurna is carved on the stone as seated on a peacock in the main shrine. Another sculpture is of a tiger, which is assumed as the ride of the Goddess.
Entrance: The idols of saints or seers playing Tabla and Sarangi are erected at the entrance that seem unique of its kind.
Kamnath Complex: The peaceful complex of Kamnath is built in the main shrine.