Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai situated on Bhulabhai Desai Road. It is dedicated to Mahalakshmi the central deity of Devi Mahatmyam. There are three idols of Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, and Mahasaraswthi. The temple was built in 1831 by Dhakji Dadaji (1760-1846), a Hindu merchant.
Architecture of Mahalaxmi Temple
Besides the beautiful idols of the three presiding deities, the temple also enshrines the images of several Hindu goddesses. Though, the idols of the three Goddesses have been molded in gold. Further beautifying the magnificent images are brilliant pieces of jewelry, comprising of nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces. The idol of Mahalakshmi, shown riding a tiger and a demon (Mahishasur), is the best of all.
Importance of Mahalaxmi Temple
Mahalaxmi Temple in Mumbai is one of the significant religious Temples for the Hindus. This religious site is dedicated to the three goddess power such as - Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Kali. The delightful location of the temple, along with the high regard attached to it, entices devotees from all over the country.
History of Mahalaxmi Temple
Mahalaxmi Temple was Built around 1785, the history of this temple is supposedly connected with the building of the Hornby Vellard. Apparently after portions of the sea wall of the Vellard collapsed twice, the chief engineer, a Pathare prabhu, dreamt of a Devi statue in the sea near Worli. A search recovered it, and he built a temple for it. After this, the work on the vellard could be completed without a hitch.Significance of Mahalaxmi Temple
Mahalaxi temple is also considered to be rich in architectural significance that dates back to the Victorian era. It is also a great tourist destination for Mumbai besides being a place of devotion and holy site for Hindus. It is thus considered to an ideal religious tourist destination in India.