Temples in Mumbai
Babulnath Mandir is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is built on the Malabar Hill area and has an interesting history behind the construction. The idol is Lord Shiva in an avatar of the Lord of a Babul tree. People need to climb up the hillock to have a visit to the deity. Every year thousands of people gather to celebrate the festival of Maha Shivratri. The temple is almost 1000 meters above sea level and has 110 stairs to reach the main shrine of the deity. Every year thousands of devotees visit here. The first temple was built almost 250 years ago.
Shree Mahalakshmi Temple
Mahalakshmi Temple is one of the most famous temples in Mumbai. The temple is managed by Shree Mahalakshmi Temple Charities. Mahalaxmi temple consists of idols of three deities of Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati. Mahalaxmi is the central deity of Devi Mahatmyam. Hundreds of devotees visit the Mahalaxmi temple every day. While, on the festival of Navratri, Diwali, and in the month of Margashirsha thousands of devotees comes to visit Mahalaxmi temple as they believe Mahalakshmi Mata gets alive or Jagrut during this time.
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
The Siddhivinayak Temple is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha and was originally constructed in 1801 A.D. by a rich Agri woman named Deubai Patil. Deubai Patil did not have a child so she built this grand temple so that Ganesha would grant the child to childless women. The temple is considered to be one of the richest temples in Mumbai and India, inside the temple there is a little mandap and the shrine of Siddhivinayak with the wooden doors of the sanctum carved with figures of Ashtavinayak while its inner roof is plated with gold. On the outside, the dome of the temple is beautifully lit up every evening with colourful lights and under which is the shrine of Lord Ganesha. Also, there are festivals like Sankashti Chaturthi, Vinayaki Chaturthi and Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated. To visit the Siddhivinayak Temple the best time is the month from June to December.
Mumba Devi Temple
Mumbadevi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Mumbadevi. This beautiful temple is located in the heart of Mumbai and was built in the 18th century. The Koli fishermen or the early locals of Mumbai greatly respect and honor Goddess Mumbadevi and consider her as their protector. Goddess Mumbadevi is identified as Goddess Shakti or the Goddess of Power. Today, this temple is located in Bhuleshwar, Mumbai. Mumbadevi was the special Goddess of Agri (salt collectors) and Kolis (Fishermen), the original native of the seven islands of Bombay. The word Mumba was derived from two words Maha and Amba, which means great mother. The fishermen regard her as their protector and as Maha Shakti.
Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra State. It is also home to several temples which hold religious significance and temples that include Siddhivinayak Temple, Mahalaxmi Temple, Mumba Devi Temple and Jari Mari Mata Temple. Ganesh Chaturthi is an important festival celebrated with great enthusiasm.