A long flight of steps on the rim of the Arabian Sea takes one to the revered shrine of Mahalakshmi. Sited on the northern side of Malabar hills, at B. Desai Road in Breach Candy, Mahalaxmi is one of the most-visited shrines in Bombay. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the divine consort of Lord Vishnu and the Goddess of Wealth according to the Hindu Mythology.The temple enshrines three dieties namely Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswati. However, the principal diety is goddess lakshmi and hence the name Mahalakshmi temple.
The origin of this temple is linked with the construction of Hornby Vellard. Actually, the engineers were not in a position to connect the Mahalakshmi area with Worli by making Breach Candy, due to the reason of vicious tides. The condition was that the engineers dropped the plan. One day, Mahalakshmi appeared in the dream of Chief Engineer and asked him to make her shrine at the current place. Accordingly, the temple was constructed around 1785, which ultimately lead to the construction of the Breach Candy.Mahalaxmi temple is the sacred seat of three beautiful idols of Hindu goddesses, Mahalaksmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali, each molded in gold. All three images are adorned with nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces and the image of Mahalaxmi is shown riding a tiger and a demon (Mahishasur) in tandem.Navaratri is the special festival, when people from far-off places come to observe the gala time at the temple.
This temple is a part of 6 Shakti temples in India & holds a lot of prominence.It’s a very beautiful Temple of deity Mata Maha Lakshmi & one should visit this temple atleast once to have the Blessings of Mata Mahalakshmi . Also after Darshan, don’t forget to go behind the temple to have a beautiful Sea View and enjoy the special tea in the Restaurant there.
The Mahalaxmi Station is the closest station to the temple and one can hire a taxi from here to the Mahalaxmi temple.
Nearby Places :
The Atria Mall located in Worli is very close to Mahalaxmi Temple and is an amazing place to visit, especially if you love shopping! The Heera Panna Shopping Centre is one of the most popular shopping areas in Mumbai and is sited close to the temple. One can also visit the Haji Ali Dargah, which is another popular tourist and sacred spot in Mumbai.
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