Mumba Devi Temple: We can never imagine Mumbai without Koli’s (fishermen/women). ‘Koli’ fishermen are the early inhabitants of Mumbai, and their deity is Goddess Mumba Devi or Goddess Shakti.
Mumba Devi Temple is thus an ancient, beautifully sculptured temple dedicated to Goddess Mumbadevi.
It was first built in Bori Bunder in 1675. However, the temple was destroyed and rebuilt at Zaveri Bazaar, Bhuleshwar, in 1737.
Situated amidst the jam-packed Zaveri Bazaar, we can easily spot the temple surrounded by several flower shops. Except for Monday, the temple is open on all the other days.
Devotees flock to the temple since the early morning. However, even tourists worldwide have started flocking to the temple to admire the gorgeous temple.
What’s more, even Mumbai devised its name from the famous Mumbadevi temple. Therefore this temple holds a significant place in the heart of every Mumbaikar.
If legends are believed, then ‘Lord Brahma’ sent an eight-armed Goddess to eradicate the evil demon ‘Mumbaraka,’ who terrorized the locals for a long time.
The Goddess defeated the demon, but the demon fell on his knees and begged the Goddess to take his name. The Goddess took his name and ordered him to build a beautiful temple dedicated to her.
Thus this marvelous shrine was built by Mumbaraka in the heart of the city.
The idol of Goddess adorns a silver crown, golden necklace, and a nose stud. The idol is placed on an altar surrounded by marigold flowers. Mumbadevi also symbolizes ‘Mother Earth,’ and hence, the idol has no mouth.
There are idols of Hanuman, Ganesha and Annapurna placed in the temple complex. In other words, the structure of Mumbadevi is a stupendous sight for anyone who visits.
It’s not just the temple, but the various shops lined up selling varieties of fresh flowers and delicious sweets that are enchanting as well. You can find various religious artifacts and idols in all possible sizes.
How can you miss the famous jewelry shops located in Zaveri Bazaar? After all, Zaveri means ‘Jewels’ and bazaar means ‘Market.’ Looking to invest in the best quality gold head to Zaveri Bazaar.
The other nearby places include Crawford market, which is famous for vegetables, fruits, meats, caged birds, and other animals (cats, parrots, parakeets, etc.) Then there is the Chowpaty, a famous tourist destination.
The railway is the cheapest and fastest way to travel to the temple. Charni Road station is only 10 minutes from Bhuleshwar. Even Churchgate station is close to Bhuleshwar.
From the station, you can hire a taxi to reach the temple.
Live Darshan of Goddess Mumba Devi: https://mumbadevi.org.in/live-darshan/
|Daily Schedule Of Temple|
|6.30 a.m.||Temple opens with Mangala Aarti.|
|9.30 a.m.||Main Aarti|
|12.15 p.m.||Naivaidya Aarti|
|6.30 p.m.||Dhoop Aarti|
|8.00 p.m.||Main Aarti|
|9.45 p.m.||Shayan Aarti|
|10.00 p.m.||Temple Closes|
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