Mahalakshmi Temple in Mumbai
Mahalakshmi Temple and the Shakti CultAccording to Hindu philosophy, the creation of the universe is a result of coming together of “Purusha” and “Prakruti”. Purusha is the “Parabrahmah” and Prakruti is the “Nature”. Prakruti consists of “3 Gunas”, namely “Sattuvic, Rajasic and Tamasic”, and these 3 Gunas, are reflected by the 3 deities of Shree Saraswati, Shree Mahalakshmi and Shree Mahakali.
During the Navaratras the 1st 3 days, the devotees worship the “Mother”, as manifested in “Durga”. During the next 3 days they worship her in the form of “Goddess Mahalakshmi”, and the last 3 days they worship her in the form of “Goddess Saraswati”.
History of the Mahalakshmi Temple in MumbaiThe Hindus immersed the idols of the Goddesses, into the sea near Worli creek, to avoid the destruction of the idols by the Muslim invaders. During the time of the British Raj, Lord Horneby, decided to connect the two islands, Worli and Malabar hill creek and the work was entrusted to Shri Ramji Shivji Prabhu, a Government Engineer. Although they tried their best, they were unable to connect the islands.
One day Goddess Mahalakshmi instructed Shri Ramji Prabhu in a dream to take out the idols from the creek and place them on top of the hillock. After he did that work he was successful in connecting the two creeks. After completion of the work on the creeks, the Engineer obtained some ground on the hillock as a gift from the British. He then constructed the, Mahalakshmi temple on top of the hillock. This temple was constructed between 1761 AD to 1771 AD.
The Mahalakshmi temple is famous for:
- Social Activities.
- Free Medical Dispensary.
- Translating books.
- Giving relief to the poor.
The temple translates books on the “Shakti cult”, into Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi languages. The temple provides Scholarships to the poor Hindu students in Mumbai and Thane, on a yearly one time payment basis. The criteria for the students is that they should have scored more than 60% . They give rupees 1,000/- to rupees 10,000/- depending upon what course they are doing. This is open to all the students from 7th class up to Graduation.
They also provide free medical grant to poor patients from all religions in Mumbai and Pune. The financial assistance can be anything from rupees 1,000/- to rupees 5,000/-. The Mahalakshmi Trust also helps people during natural disasters like floods, earthquakes etc. The Mahalakshmi temple is liked by all the devotees and the daily Darshan timings for the Temple are from 6am to 10pm.
Shree Mahalakshmi Temple,
Bhulabhai Desai Road,
Mumbai - 26
Phone - 23514732