Mumba Devi Temple is a renowned ancient temple dedicated to 'Goddess Mumbadevi'. This beautiful temple situated in Mumbai was built in the 18th century. The 'Koli' fishermen or the early inhabitants of Mumbai greatly respect and honor Goddess Mumbadevi and consider her as their guardian. Goddess Mumbadevi is recognized as 'Goddess Shakti' or the Goddess of Power. Today, this elegant temple is sited amidst the crowded steel and cloth markets of Mumbai. Within the jam-packed Zaveri Bazaar, one can see the Mumba Devi Temple surrounded by several flower shops. People attend the 'aartis' in this temple that are conducted in the mornings and evenings. The Mumba Devi Temple is open on all days except Mondays. Apart from the regular devotees who flock the temple, tourists from all over the world too, come to admire this gorgeous temple in Mumbai. Mumbai city derives its name from the Goddess Mumbadevi and therefore, this temple is truly an important structure for the dwellers of this beautiful city.
The Mumba Devi Temple was first built in Bori Bunder in 1675. The temple was destroyed and reconstructed at Zaveri Bazaar, Bhuleshwar in 1737. Since ancient times, the Koli fishermen and Dravidians offered their prayers to Mumbadevi at this temple and still continue to do so.
According to a legend, Mumbadevi, an eight-armed Goddess, was sent by 'Lord Brahma' to vanquish an evil demon known as 'Mumbaraka', who terrorized the locals. After his defeat, Mumbaraka fell on his knees and begged the Goddess to take his name. He was also given the permission to build a beautiful temple dedicated to her. Thus, the magnificent shrine of Mumba Devi Temple was built by Mumbaraka in the heart of the city.
The structure of Mumba Devi Temple is a marvelous sight for anyone who visits this shrine. The highlight of the Mumba Devi Temple is the idol of Goddess Mumbadevi, adorned with a silver crown, a golden necklace and a nose stud. The idol is placed on an altar, bedecked with marigold flowers. To symbolize Mother Earth, the idol of Mumbadevi has no mouth. Idols of 'Hanuman' and 'Ganesh' are also placed within the temple complex. Other figures include a stone idol of 'Annapurna' seated on a peacock and a sculpture of a fierce tiger.
Things To Do
Apart from attending the Mumba Devi Temple activities, one can also explore the various shops surrounding the temple vicinity. There are several shops selling a variety of fresh flowers and delicious sweets. One can find shops selling religious artifacts and idols. There are also several jewelery shops located in Zaveri Bazaar (which literally translates into Jewelers' Market) if you are looking to invest in some gold!
Crawford Market situated nearby is famous for its fresh vegetables, fruits and meat. The Chowpatty Beach, a hot tourist destination, is located at the Northern end of Marine Drive so if you are looking for some solitude, you might want to head to the beach after the temple aarti.
How To Reach
One can hire auto-rickshaws or taxis to Bhuleshwar where the Mumba Devi Temple is located.
One can reach Mumba Devi Temple easily by boarding local trains from the city. The Charni Road Station is only 10 minutes from Bhuleshwar. Churchgate Station is also located close to Bhuleshwar.
Mumba Devi Temple is one of the most ancient temples situated in Mumbai and was built in the 18th century. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Mumbadevi. Tourists from all over the world make sure to visit this sacred temple while in Mumbai. It is a fact that Mumbai city has been named after the Koli fishermen's deity-Goddess Mumbadevi.