Mahalaxmi temple is among the oldest temples in Mumbai. Situated on the picturesque locale of Breach Candy at the Northern foot of the Malabar hills swept by the Seashore, the Maha Laxmi temple is thronged by millions of devotees each month.
With the presiding deities being Goddesses Mahalaxmi, Mahakali and Maha
Saraswathi, the Mahalaxmi temple is easily distinguished by the flock of
grey pigeons that keep pecking at grain in its courtyard. Along with the
marvelous and highly ornate statues of the deities, the Mahalaxmi temple
also houses several of statues of Hindu goddesses.
Sprawling along Mumbai's posh locale of Breach Candy, Mahalaxi temple
was constructed on a creek to the North that separated the island of
Mumbai from the Koli island of Worli. The creek was filled after the
completion of the Hornby Vellard in 1784. And, the modern temple of
Mahalaxmi came up at the site. Beyond the ornate gate is the shrine,
which houses the goddess of Lucre - Laxmi.
Mahalaxmi temple is the sacred seat of three beautiful idols of Hindu
goddesses, Mahalaksmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali, each molded in gold.
All three images are adorned with nose rings, gold bangles and pearl
necklaces and the image of Mahalaxmi is shown riding a tiger and a demon
(Mahishasur) in tandem.
Navaratri is the festival when Mahalaxmi temple is extravagantly
decorated and the devotees from across Maharashtra converge in great
numbers, offering coconut, flowers and sweets to the goddesses. On the
weekends too the queue to the temple grows exceptionally long.