Places of Worship

Mumbai has a diverse population with people of all culture, states, religion etc. You will find historic holy places of all the religion in this city. The city has a sizable number of beautiful Hindu Temples. A key differentiator for Mumbai in India is the Parsi community or the Zoroastrians. Parsis were driven out of Iran in the 9th Centrury AD and arrived on the ports of Gujarat. There are around 50,000 parsis in the city. One of the famous Parsi agiaries (also known as fire temple) is at Parsi Colony at Cusrow bagh in Colaba. Non Parsi’s are forbidden from entering this temple.Mumbai has a sizable number of Muslims. Mohammed Ali road shows a diverse number of mosques and dargahs. The city also boasts of beautiful churches including the St. Thomas Cathedral near Homiman circle, this is the first Anglican church of Mumbai built in 1718.

Mumbadevi temples.
Located in Bhuleshwar in south Mumbai
The name of the city Bombay (now known as Mumbai) is derived from goddess MAA MUMBADEVI.

Siddhivinayak temple
Located at Prabhadevi. This temple is made of white marble and dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This is the most popular temple of Mumbai. This temple is open very early in the morning especially on Tuesday as it is considered as an auspicious day for the Hindus. This is probably the most visited holy place in all of Mumbai.

Afghan Church
Location – Navy Nagar, Colaba.
This church is dedicated to St. John the evangelist. This church was built by the British to commemorate the dead soldiers of the First Afghan war of 1838. This war was a complete debacle as the British suffered heavy causalities. The awesome structure has wide Gothic arches and beautiful stained glass window.

Haji Ali
Located at Worli. This beautiful Mosque is located very close to the cost at Worli. Its on the banks of Arabian sea. The Mosque is literally in the sea and can be reached only during low tide. A narrow causeway is available as a bridge to reach the Mosque during low tide.
The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern part of Mumbai. Near the heart of the city proper
Mount Mary Church, Bandra
The basilica stands on a hillock, about 80 meters above sea level overlooking the Arabian Sea. It draws lakhs of devotees and pilgrims annually. Many of the faithful attest to the miraculous powers of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The shrine attracts people from all faiths who pray to Virgin Mary for expressing their gratitude or requesting favours. The church was destroyed in 1738 during a raid by the Marathas.

During the Bandra Fair, the entire area is decorated with festoons and buntings. Many pitch up stalls selling religious articles, roasted grams, snacks and sweets. Wax figures of the Virgin Mary, along with an assortment of candles shaped like hands, feet and various other parts of the body are sold at kiosks. The sick and the suffering choose a candle or wax figure that corresponds to their ailment and light it in Church, with the pious hope that Mother Mary will consider their appeals for help.

Church of Mount Mary at Bandra Mumbai

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