Built around 1785, the history of this temple is supposedly connected with the building of the Homby Velldard. 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.
The temple contains images of the goddesses Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati. All three images are adorned with nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces. The image of Mahalakshmi is shown riding a tiger and a demon (Mahishasur) in tandem. The compound of this temple contains several stalls that sell flower garlands and other paraphernalia used by devotees for worship and as offering.
During Navaratri celebrations, devotees from distant places throng to the temple, which is decorated for this occasion, to pay obeisance. They have to stand for hours in long queues holding coconuts, flowers and sweets which they offer to the goddess.
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Mahalaxmi Temple in Mumbai (Bombay) is one of the most famous and oldest temples in the city. It was erected in the year 1785. It is located at Breach Candy on B. Desai road. The temple holds three deities Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswathi.
The temple is particularly dedicated to Mahalaxmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. The doorway of the temple is ornamented. Beside it you can see small shops selling flowers and various offerings to the goddess.
Every image in the temple has nose rings and pearl necklaces which are wrought very beautifully. The formation of this temple is connected with the construction of Hornby Vellard causeway.
The engineers who were engaged in the construction of Breach Candy road which connects Mahalakshmi area with Worli were defeated by the high tides. They almost dropped the plan. One day Mahalaxmi appeared in the dream of the chief engineer and asked him to install her idol at the place. That is how the temple was erected in 1785 and the Breach Candy road was completed.
Navarathri is the famous festival which is celebrated in this temple. During this nine night celebration the temple is decorated with illuminations and is very beautiful to see.
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In my collection i have a vintage post card of this Mahalakshmi Temple Mumbai.
This is my Mahalakshmi Temple Mumbai vintage post card.