We can never imagine Mumbai without Koli’s (fishermen/women). ‘Koli’ fishermen are the early inhabitants of Mumbai and their deity is Goddess Mumbadevi or Goddess Shakti. Mumbadevi 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 Monday, the temple is open on all the other days. Devotees flock the temple since early morning, however even tourist from all over the world have started flocking the temple to admire the gorgeous temple.
What’s more, even Mumbai devised it’s name from the famous Mumbadevi temple. Therefore this temple holds a significant place in the heart of every Mumbaikar.
If legends are to be believed, then, ‘Lord Brahma’ sent an eight armed Goddess to eradicate the evil demon ‘Mumbaraka’, who terrorized the locals for a longtime.
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 jewellery shops located in Zaveri Bazaar? After all Zaveri means ‘Jewels’ and bazaar means ‘Market’. Looking to invest in 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.
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 station you can hire a taxi to reach the temple.