Where: MumbadeviMarg, Bhuleshwar. (To the north and right of Zaveri Bazaar)
Timings: 10:30am?8:20pm (Sundays closed)
The Mumbadevi Temple is one of the oldest temples in the city, dedicated to Goddess Mumba - the patron goddess of the native Somvanshi Kshatriyas, agricultural communities and the kolis (Fishermen).She is depicted as a black stone sculpture in the temple. The city of Mumbai derives its name from the Goddess which makes this otherwise unremarkable temple famous. It is believed that the temple was built by the local fishermen (Koli) who were the original inhabitants of the city and worshippers of Goddess Mumba. Goddess Mumba is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati in her fisherwoman avatar. Legends say that Goddess Parvati had to gain perseverance and concentration to take the form of mahakali which she could have done by reincarnating as a fisherwoman, as suggested by Lord Shiva. Mumbadevi learnt concentration under the guidance of the local fishermen who later requested her to stay in the city forever as the patron goddess. Today, the goddess is worshipped by hundreds of local residents and at the same time visited by many from all over the country as a historical reference of the city. Visiting the temple amidst a sea of people is by itself an act of adventure worth trying for.
Where: Corner of KakasahebGadgilMarg and S.K. Bole MargPrabhadevi
Timings: 05:30am - 10:00pm
For all your wishes to be granted, the famous Siddhivinayak Temple is the destination you must head off to. Devoted to the most popular deity Lord Ganesha, the temple is one of the most significant and frequented temples in Mumbai. The temple was built in 1801 by LaxmanVithu and DeubaiPatil. The couple didn?t have children of their own and hence they built the temple as a platform to fulfill the incomplete wishes of the devotees. Legends say that the statue of Lord Ganesha here is supposedly self-manifested and grants wishes to one and all. The imposing structure of the Siddhivinayak Temple consists of a primary ?Kalash? which towers to 12 feet high as a whole, three reaching up to 5 feet and 33 others that stand at a height of 3.5 feet. To sum it up, there are 37 gilded domes embellishing the main temple complex. The old temple complex comprise of a hall, the main sanctum, a verandah and a water tank. The daily rituals are a spectacle to behold, of which the morning aarti of Tuesdays are immensely popular and thronged by thousands every week. Also, the temple gets ornamented during festivals like VinayakiChaturthi, SankashtiChaturthi, Maghi Shree Ganesh Jayanti and Bhadrapad Shree Ganesh Chaturthi, which have special prayer services.
Haji Ali Dargah
Where: Central south Mumbai, just off the coast of Worli
Tucked up with the backdrop of the marvelous Arabian Sea, is the shrine of Haji Ali. The shrine is dedicated to the wealthy merchant who eventually gave up his worldly belongings and turned into a Sufi saint post his trip to Mecca. Haji Ali Dargah is located on a small islet that is off the southern coast of Mumbai. The dargah is famous for its spiritual eminence which pulls devotees and followers from all over the country to seek blessings. However, the dargah can only be visited during the low tides via a causeway surrounded by the sea on all the sides. The night view of the dargah is a visual treat when the shrine lit up with the sea around it as a mystery of never-ending blackness adding to the divine power of the entire surrounding. The tomb of the Haji Ali Dargah is a beautiful depiction of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture which adds to the imperialism of the construction. The central shrine is a marble courtyard and the tomb inside the mausoleum is roofed by an intricately done silver frame with marble columns. The main hall has marble pillars engraved with multicolored mirror work arranged in different designs and Arabic patterns.
Where: V B Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda district, Fort, Mumbai
Timings: 11:00am to 6:00pm (Monday-Saturday) and Sunday - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
The KenesethEliyahoo is a Jewish synagogue and the second oldest Sephardic synagogue of the city. It was built in 1884 by by Jacob Elias Sassoon and his brother Albert, in memory of their father Eliyahoo Sassoon. Maintained by the Jacob Sassoon Trust, the building?s importance is attributed to its Jewish traditions as well as the colonial influences of India and England both. The exterior of the synagogue is a soothing turquoise blue colored structure with an attractive interior worth visiting. Designed by the British architectural firm Gostling& Morris of Bombay, the basement of the edifice is built in stone masonry and the entire superstructure is built in brick masonry. The interior is a magnificent affair with ornamented pillars, chandeliers, and multicolored stained glass windows. The structure looks the best in the afternoon when it gets illuminated with sunlight from the top. The sanctuary within the interior of the building is in western direction, facing Jerusalem. There are separate worship halls for men and women with the latter?s seating in an upstairs gallery. The synagogue has 24-hours security check with police protection provided in the area.
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