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Mahalakshmi Temple
Mahalakshmi Temple

Mahalakshmi Temple

Free admission
K.K Marg, Royal Western India Turf Club, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, 400034

The Basics

Sometimes combined with a trip to the nearby Haji Ali Shrine, the Mahalakshmi Temple attracts more devotees than tourists, and people often come here to give offerings to the goddess in the form of jewelry, coconuts, and flowers. Inside the temple sit three idols to the Tridevi (triple goddess) in the forms of Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth), Kali (the goddess of destruction), and Saraswati (the goddess of music and education).

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Private Full-Day Mumbai Temple Tour
Private Full-Day Mumbai Temple Tour
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$116.00 per adult
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This tour is the best way to learn...
This tour is the best way to learn about the spirituality found in Mumbai. First, the organization took extra precautions to make me feel comfortable I am a young woman traveling alone so the guide was a young woman too and the guide knew so much. We had a very in-depth conversation about the role of Hinduism in Indian society, activism, and human rights. Alos, she helped me make sure I experience temple going like a local and did not accidentally disrespected the gods or anyone. Highly recommend since you will learn so much and understand the spirituality of this country with new depths and perspectives... if looking for mocha or salvation in Mumbai this is a good start to your research.
Alejandra R, Apr 2018

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mahalakshmi Temple is a must-visit for those interested in Hinduism.

  • Be prepared to leave your shoes at the door.

  • Dress conservatively, with knees and shoulders covered.

  • This temple gets crowded, and lines to give offerings are often long.

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How to Get There

The Mahalakshmi Temple is located in the southern part of Mumbai, right on the coast and about a 10-minute drive or half-hour walk north of the Hanging Garden. The nearest railway station is Mumbai Central, a 20-minute walk or 10-minute taxi or auto-rickshaw ride inland. The train journey from Mumbai Central to the Churchgate station (near the Oval Maidan and Bombay High Court) takes about 10 minutes.

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When to Get There

This temple is open early in the morning, just before sunrise, until well after dark. If you visit during the annual Navratri Festival, which is usually in September or October and honors the goddess Durga, be prepared for huge crowds (upwards of 100,000). If weather is your biggest concern, visit between December and February, when temperatures are mild by local standards. Mumbai is best avoided during the monsoon season (June through August).

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The Dream of Mahalakshmi

Legend has it that the temple was constructed when a British engineer who was struggling to complete a seawall had a prophetic dream in which the goddess Mahalakshmi told him the whereabouts of a sacred idol and instructed him to build a temple in her honor. He did as instructed, and the seawall was finally built successfully.

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