Location: The pilgrimage of Hindus, ‘Mahalakshmi temple’ is located on Bhulabhai Desai Road in the area ‘Mahalakshmi’ of metropolitan Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra.

Prime Deity: Goddess Mahalakshmi (the central deity of Devi Mahatmyam)

Prime occasion to visit: Navaratri Festival.

Holy rituals:  It’s natural to see the thronging people at this holy shrine of Hindus, especially during Navaratri. The devotees offer coconuts, flowers and sweets to the goddess for paying their reverence.

Year of its foundation: around 1785

Year of it’s revamping: 1831

Built by: Dhakji Dadaji (a Hindu merchandiser)

History:  The exact date of this pious Hindu pilgrimage is unknown. But buzz conveys its year of foundation is somewhere around the building period of the Horbby Vellard.

As myth goes a part of Vellard’s sea wall fell down like castle of cards. The chief engineer of this Vellard namely ‘Pathare Prabhu’ had a dream in which he saw the statue of Goddess floating in the sea near Worli. He put his heart and soul to find the fact underlying his dreams. His search paid off and he recovered it. Thus, the construction work, that was discontinued, completed without hurdles.

Inner structure

Idols: The religious rites and rituals are paid to appease the goddesses erected there. The power of trio goddesses Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati is a key attraction that attracts devotees from far-flung areas. For adding more grace and admiring features to the sculptures, they are adorned with ornaments and jewels, such as nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces.

The statue of Mahalakshmi, on her favourite ride ‘tiger’, gives vivid glimpse of the goddess epitomizing courage, fearlessness and power.

Stalls:  Since devotion is scattered in the pious ambience of the temple, the stalls of flowers are obvious to be there due to their religious sanctity. The stalls stuffed with flowers, festoons, garlands and other paraphernalia are nailed there to offer every thing requisite for worshiping.