The Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the oldest temples situated in the city of Mumbai. Dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi or the 'Goddess of Wealth', this shrine was built sometime around the 16th - 17th century. The main presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Laxmi, while Goddess Kali and Saraswati are other two deities worshipped here. Together, the three idols are known as Mahalaxmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati. Thronged with devotees and tourists in large number throughout the year, the temple is a must visit if you are visiting Mumbai.The edifice of the Mahalaxmi Temple is simple and charming in its appearance, which is an apt reflection of the very serene and calm atmosphere that prevails inside. The idols of the Tridevi Goddesses here are adorned with gold bangles, pearl necklaces and nose rings, with Mahalaxmi occupying the central position. The image of the goddess can be seen holding a lotus flower as she showers her blessings on her devotees. You will find several shops to buy the necessary items required for the puja and these stalls serve as a great help for those visiting the temple for the first time. Considered to be a sacred temple in Mumbai, it is always flocked with devotees from all over the country.
According to the records, the Mahalaxmi Temple is believed to be built between 1761 AD and 1771 AD. The legend says that centuries ago the British started connecting Malabar Hills with Worli but owing to marine disturbances, the task was proving to be quite perilous and difficult. It is believed that the chief engineer Shri Ramji Shivji Prabhu who was responsible for the project had a dream one night in which he saw Goddess Mahalaxmi. She asked him to find three idols at the bottom of the ocean and install them inside a temple dedicated to her. As per her saying, the engineer followed the instructions and the link that connects Malabar Hills and Worli namely Breach Candy was created. He then proceeded to take out the idols of the goddesses from the Worli creek after which he obtained the land atop a hillock as a gift from Lord Hornby who was overlooking Prabhu's work. Shri Ramji Shivji Prabhu constructed a Mahalakshmi Temple on the said on top of the hillock as per his divine dream. One can still locate the three idols installed in the temple."
The best time to visit Mumbai is from October to February. Mumbai receives copious rainfall during the monsoon. The city springs to life, with greenery everywhere. It is a good time for rain lovers to visit the city, have some local snacks and get drenched in the rains of Mumbai. Monsoon is the ideal time for taking a trek on the surrounding hills, because they look their greenest, with amazing waterfalls gushing down. Summer is not a good time to visit Mumbai because it is too hot and humid. During winter, the weather is pleasant, that is, it is neither too hot nor does the city receive incessant rainfall. Therefore, it is the ideal time to travel to Mumbai.
opening and closing time
All days of the week-6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Visiting Hours - 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
The architecture of Mahalaxmi Temple is of most traditional style and quite exquisite in its form. Adorned with beautiful intricate designs, the main entrance of the temple leads to the temple complex. The complex is very splendidly decorated and adorns a 15 - meter high Kalash which adds a charm to the beauty of shrine. There are numerous stalls in the temple busy, selling the nick-nacks needed for offering 'puja' to the Goddess. These stalls are of much help for the tourists who may have no prior plans to offer prayer but on visiting the temple they wish to offer 'puja' to the deity.The Sabhamandap of the Mahalaxmi Temple is adorned with the imagery of a silver - covered lion which faces the deities. The Sabhamandap itself covers an area of 110 square meters and is ornamented with 27 spires. Wooden idols of Jay - Vijay flank the main door of the Gabhara or the main sanctum.
On the main gate of Gabhara, there is "Shreeyantra" also known as "Laxmi Yantra". The Sancto sanatorium of the Mahalaxmi Temple is sprawled over an area of 121 square meters and has the idols of Shree Ganpati and Vithal - Rukhamini on two sides outside. As you enter the sanctum, you will notice the idol of Goddess Mahalaxmi elegantly ornamented with jewellery and flowers. Navaratri is a festival time and a time for the temple to get specially decked up. Many people come to visit the Mahalakshmi Temple at this time of the year. The pain stacking devotees wait for hours in the lengthy queue to offer 'puja' to Goddess Mahalakshmi at this auspicious occasion of Navaratri.The thrones of the goddesses are intricately embellished and are covered with glittering silver sheets.
Near By Attraction
Heera Panna Shopping Center
Haji Ali Mosque
Mahalakshmi Race Course
Shree Swayambhu Patali Hanuman Mandir
The nearest railway station is Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, also the second largest railway station in the world. 12.3 km away from the Mumbai city, via Western Highway, this station is well connected to the rest of India. There are many more stations, viz. Mumbai Central and Lokmanya Tilak Terminal that serves the city of Mumbai. An interesting fact about the local trains of Mumbai is that the no. of passengers traveling per day is roughly equal to the entire population of Switzerland!
Mumbai has road links to all parts of the country with the Mumbai-Pune Expressway being the most popular of the lot. The Asiad Bus Service is a bus terminal located on the Dadar road from where buses travel to Pune regularly. The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation operates services in Mumbai from various cities in Maharashtra.
Application Availability Which Saves Some Money
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Uber, Ola(best service available for a cab up to 24/7 hours)
Interesting facts about The Mahalaxmi Temple
1. The idols of the Tridevi Goddesses here are adorned with gold bangles, pearl necklaces and nose rings, with Mahalaxmi occupying the central position
2. Keep track of your belongings in the temple.
3. You will find several shops to buy the necessary items required for the puja and these stalls serve as a great help for those visiting the temple for the first time.