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About Mumbadevi Temple

The region's guardian deity, Goddess Mumba Devi's Temple in Mumbai was first built in 1675 at a different site- Bori Bunder and then in 1737 shifted to its current location in Kalbadevi. It is to honor this deity that Bombay came to known as Mumbai. According to folktales, a demon named Mumbaraka used to trouble the residents of the city, and his regnant, Lord Brahma sent an eight-armed Goddess, believed to an exposition of power (or Shakti), known as Mumba Devi. Mumbaraka bowed to the strength of the deity and accepted defeat, asking for mercy and requesting to build a shrine for her, which is how the temple came into existence. The much-revered temple is elegantly made with an idol of the deity placed on an altar, which is always decorated with marigold flowers and different ornaments. There are also Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Anapurna in the temple premises. When in Mumbai, try to attend the early morning aarti at the temple. It's powerful, magnificent and reinstates your faith in the power of the Lord. Right outside the temple you will also find small flower and souvenier shops.

Historical Context: As per legend, demon Mumbaraka was out to trouble the residents of the Maharashtra region. Finding no other way out, they prayed incessantly to Lord Brahma, who sent Goddess Mumba Devi- an eight-armed manifestation of Shakti or power to save the residents. She defeated the demon in no time, who then knelt down to ask for forgiveness and also requested the Goddess to allow him to make a shrine in her honor. This is how the temple came into existence.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear
  • Closed On Mondays
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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