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The Mahalakshmi temple is an ancient Hindu religious shrine located in the financial capital of India, Mumbai city, on the western coast of the country. The shrine is situated on Bhulabhai Desai Road and dedicated to Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. The image of the Goddess is accompanied by the charming images of Mahakali and Mahasaraswati, with Mahalakshmi placed in the center and depicted holding lotus flowers in her hands. The three idols are richly embellished with several precious ornaments like pearl necklaces, gold bangles and nose rings. These idols make for a magnificent sight and visitors are spellbound by the grandeur of these images. Devotees throng the temple for a glimpse of the deities and offer prayers to the feminine aspect of Hindu religious sentiments. There are several temples dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi in India, but this one in Mumbai is considered to be the more prominent one. The shrine is a popular place of worship not only for the residents of the city, but also for tourists and pilgrims from all over the world.
The temple is believed to have been built sometime in 1785 and has an interesting anecdote attached to it. Apparently the chief engineer associated with building a causeway linking the seven islands of Bombay faced several problems. The Devi appeared in his dream and instructed him to search the sea near Worli. He did so accordingly and duly retrieved an idol of the Devi from the sea, whereupon he built a temple dedicated to her. The construction of the project was taken up in earnest and successfully completed without a hitch.
Situated beside the ocean, the temple offers a stunning view of the sea and visitors can enjoy the idyllic ambience prevailing in the surroundings. The temple complex is a hive of activity all through the day and especially during festivals, with several stalls within the compound selling flower garlands, coconuts, incense sticks and other Pooja items for the convenience of devotees.
The architectural style of the temple is unique and based on a well-designed plan. The structural excellence is evident and prominently visible in the façade and elevation of the building. Intricate designs abound aplenty in the interiors and exteriors, adding to the stunning beauty of the shrine. The luxuriously ornamented main doorway is a visual delight and welcomes visitors into the premises of this magnificent shrine. On the whole, the temple represents an outstanding example of Indian craftsmanship.
Fridays are considered auspicious and many visit the shrine to worship the deity. The entire complex comes alive during the Navratri festival and the place is decked up during this period. Offerings of flowers, coconuts and sweets are made to the deity, with devotees forming long queues and waiting patiently to get a glimpse of the Goddess. A special aura pervades the temple and its vicinity during festivals and people come from far and wide to get the blessings of the Divine Mother.
Goddess Mahalakshmi fulfills the wishes of devotees who pray to her with a clean and pure heart. Pilgrims throng the temple to offer prayers to the Divine Mother and take her blessings. She is renowned for wish fulfillment and keeps her worshippers happy at all times. Her power and effulgence is limitless and people come to worship her throughout the year.
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The Mahalakshmi temple is located in the city of Mumbai and easily accessible by various modes of transport.
By Air: The Airport is 19 km away from the temple.
By Train: The Mumbai Central Railway Station is around 23 km away.
By Bus: Mumbai is well connected by bus services with neighboring towns and cities.
Local Transport: Taxis and buses are available from various parts of the city to take one to the temple.
Local Train: The Mahalakshmi Station is around 2 km away.