MUMBADEVI TEMPLE

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Location : Bhuleshwar, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Presiding deity: Mumbadevi
Popular as: Resident deity of Mumbai


Mumbadevi Temple is located in Bhuleshwar, Mumbai . This temple is dedicated to city's patron Goddess Mumbadevi. She is considered as Mumbai's resident deity. The temple of Mumbadevi, once stood on the site of the present Victoria Terminus in the central island which was called Mumbai. The present name of the city is derived from the Goddess Mumbadevi.

Legend

According to a popular legend the structure of the temple is about six centuries old and it is believed be the handiwork of Mumbaraka, a sadistic giant who frequently plundered the city at the time. Terrorized by these unwelcome visits, the locals pleaded with Lord Brahma, Creator of all things to protect them. Brahma then "pulled out of his own body", an eight armed goddess who vanquished the Mumbaraka.

Predictably brought to his knees, Mumbaraka implored Her Holiness to take his name and built a temple in her honour. She still stands there, an orange faced goddess on an altar strewn with marigolds: devotees believe that those who seek her divine favour are never disappointed.

The Temple

The Mumbadevi temple is six centuries old. The first Mumbadevi temple built by Koli fishermen was situated at Bori Bunder, and it is believed that it was destroyed around 1737. After the destruction a new temple was erected at the same place at Bhuleshwar.

Idol

The temple houses an image of the Goddess Mumbadevi dressed in a robe with a silver crown, a nose ring and a golden necklace. To the left is a stone figure of Annapurna seated on a peacock. In front of the shrine is a tiger, the carrier of the Goddess. The Goddess personifies Mother Earth and is still worshipped by descendants of the Dravidian population of western and southern India.

HOW TO GET THERE

Mumbai being the capital city is well connected by air, rail and road with all the places in the state as well as the country. The nearest railway station is Marine Lines. Tourists can take the city buses from any point of the city and reach this temple.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the hotels in Mumbai.



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