- Location: Bhuleshwar, in South Mumbai
- Built in: 18th century
- Dedicated to: Mumba Devi (a form of Shakti)
- Significance: An ancient temple of Mumbai
- Best Time to visit : Anytime of the year
- Timing: Open all days except Monday
More About Mumbadevi Temple Mumbai:
MAA MUMBADEVI temple is another Sakthi temple situated in Bombay. The name of the city Bombay (now correctly called Mumbai) is derived from MAA MUMBADEVI . This temple is dedicated to city’s patron Goddess Mumbadevi. The temple of Mumbadevi, once stood on the site of the present Victoria Terminus in the central island which was called Mumbai. The temple was built in honour of Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the Koli fishermen believed to be the original inhabitants of Mumbai. The original temple was built in 1737 was demolished and a new temple erected in its place at Bhuleshwar. The nearest station is Marine Lines. Although the Mumbadevi Temple is not as striking as others are in the city, its resident deity, Mumbadevi, is the city’s patron Goddess. The structure is about six centuries old, believed to be the handiwork of Mumbaraka, a sadistic giant who frequently plundered the city at the time. Terrorized by these unwelcome visits, the locals pleaded with Lord Brahma, Creator of all things to protect them. Brahma then “pulled out of this own body”, an eight armed goddess who vanquished the brute. Predictably brought to his knees, Mumbaraka implored Her Holiness to take his name and built a temple in her honour. She still stands there, an orange faced goddess on an altar strewn with marigolds: devotees believe that those who seek her divine favour are never disappointed.
History About Mumbadevi Temple Mumbai:
In 1739, the temple of Mumbadevi was constructed at Bori Bunder that currently makes the site of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. It was later destroyed and rebuilt at the present site of Bhuleshwar. The temple doesn’t have any extraordinary architecture. In the sanctum sanctorum, the image of Mumba Devi appears divine, dressed in rich clothes and adorned with a silver crown, a nose stud and a golden necklace. On the left side, you can see Goddess Annapurna mounted on a Peacock. Goddess Mumba is depicted without mouth, which symbolizes the Mother Earth. There are other shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Maruti, Mahadev, Indrayani, Murlidhar, Jagannath, Narsoba and Balaji in the temple complex. Till date, Mumba Devi is worshipped by Koli fisher folks and Dravidians in the most sumptuous manner.
This temple was built in honour of the Goddess Mumbai, from whose name it is said, that the English word ‘Bombay’ is derived. The Mumbadevi temple is six centuries old. The first Mumbadevi temple was situated at Bori Bunder, and is believed to have been destroyed between 1739 and 1770. After the destruction a new temple was erected at the same place at Bhuleshwar. The Goddess personifies Mother Earth and is still worshipped by the descendants of the Dravidian population of western and southern India. The original temple built at the site where the Victoria Terminus station earlier was by Koli fishermen was demolished around 1737 and a new temple was erected in its place at Phansi Talao. The modern shrine contains an image of the Goddess Mumbadevi dressed in a robe with a silver crown, a nose stud and a golden necklace. To the left is a stone figure of Annapurna seated on a peacock. In front of the shrine is a tiger, the carrier of the Goddess.
Legend Of Mumbadevi Temple Mumbai:
According to a popular legend the structure of the temple is about six centuries old and it is believed be the handiwork of Mumbaraka, a sadistic giant who frequently plundered the city at the time. Terrorized by these unwelcome visits, the locals pleaded with Lord Brahma, Creator of all things to protect them. Brahma then “pulled out of his own body”, an eight armed goddess who vanquished the Mumbaraka. Predictably brought to his knees, Mumbaraka implored Her Holiness to take his name and built a temple in her honour. She still stands there, an orange faced goddess on an altar strewn with marigolds: devotees believe that those who seek her divine favour are never disappointed.According to the legends, Mumbadevi Temple was the result of attacks by Mumbarka – a cruel monster, who used to plunder the city for fun. Frightened by the violence of Mumbarka, the city inhabitants kept their situation before Lord Brahma. It is regarded that Lord Brahma made a Goddess, who had eight arms, to slaughter the demon. The Goddess killed the demon and consequently, she came to be known as ‘Mumba’.
Speciality Of Mumbadevi Temple Mumbai:
Famous For and You will enjoy the Aarti’s that are performed in evening at 7:30 pm and also in early morning, this are special prayers for godess, also you will find lots of other Murtis (idols) of other gods believed by Hindu community. If you really want to see crowd and Rush markets of Mumbai you should go walking here.
Places Near Mumbadevi Mata Temple:
Zaveri bazaar (Place for jewelry market), Princess street, Bhuleshwar market for beautiful ornaments for every occasion, C P tank market, Crawford market.
How to Reach Mumbadevi Temple Mumbai :
One can easily reach here by boarding buses or trains, or by hiring autos or taxis from the city.This place is located at one of the most crowded location/market business place of Mumbai known as Bhuleshwar. Its a 10 mins walkable distance from Charni Road Station (East), or alternately you can take a cab/taxi from same to other Station like Churchgate/marine drive.
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