India is the birthplace of some prominent religions of the world – Hinduism being one of them. One of Hinduism’s most popular and celebrated deities is Shri Krishna. Come August 14 and the whole country will be busy decorating their houses, performing pujas and paying their respects to this beloved Hindu god. Krishna Janmashtami 2017 falls on August 14. It is the day that marks Shri Krishna’s birth on this planet. Shri Krishna is a particularly adored deity for Hindu devotees on account of legends of his mischievous childhood, his valiant feats while growing up which includes defeating his cruel uncle Kans, and his heart-warming love story with Radha. Not to mention, he is also plays a pivotal role in the Mahabharata as Arjun’s chariot driver and adviser, and Draupadi’s brother. It is therefore natural that India is home to a number of Shri Krishna temples which are decorated with great devotion and visited by a huge number of devotees on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami. Mumbai, India’s financial capital and one of its best metropolitans, is also known for some amazing temples that locals visit regularly. You will surprised to know how many famous temples in Mumbai attract devotees despite the busy pace of life. As we get close to Krishna Janmashtami 2017, here are the famous Krishna temples in Mumbai you should visit at least once in your lifetime.
ISKCON temple, Juhu
Located in one of the most plush regions of the city, the ISKCON temple in Juhu is one of Mumbai’s most popular temples. It is also known as the Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari ji Temple. Built in 1978, the temple is located extremely close to one of the most popular tourist spots of Mumbai – the Juhu beach. Also very close is the Prithvi theatre which stages some of the finest plays featuring some of the best actors in the country. On important occasions like Janmashtami, ISKCON becomes a vibrant hub of festivities and prayer sessions. ISKCON is Juhu sees many celebrity visitors on account of its proximity to celeb homes. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of ISKCON has personally installed the idols of presiding deities Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari and Sri Sri Sita Rama Laxman Hanuman at the temple.
Address: Hare Krishna Land, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
Phone: 022 2620 6860
ISKCON temple, Chowpatty
Known as the Sri Sri Radha Gopinath mandir, the ISKCON temple in Chowpatty is visited by thousands of devotees. It is another branch of the International Centere for Krishna Consciousness and holds several bhakti-yoga sessions. It is home to around 200 resident monks. Like most other Krishna temples in the country, ISKCON in Chowpatty celebrated Janmashtami with great pomp.
Address: 7, K. M. Munshi Marg, Opp Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007
Phone: 022 2366 5500
Shri Krishna Pranami Mandir, Kalbadevi
Located in the south Mumbai region, the Shri Krishna Pranami madir is a revered temple known for its architecture and serene ambiance. It was founded by Nijanand Swami Acharya Shri Devchandra ji and is considered as one of Mumbai most famous temples. Several Krishna devotees from all over the city visit the temple during Janmashtami to pay their respects. DO SEE 10 best places to visit during Janmashtami in India
Address: Fanas Kalbadevi, 79, Sheikh Memon St, Vasant Wadi, Fanas Wadi, Kalbadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400002
Phone: 022 2241 3016
Guruvayoor Shri Krishna temple, Navi Mumbai
One of Navi Mumbai’s most prominent and visited temples is the Shri Krishna Guruvayoor mandir located in Vashi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Guruvayoorappan, a form of Lord Vishnu worshiped in Kerala.
Address: Next To Goldcrest High School, Sector 28 Vashi Rd, Sector 29, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400703
Phone: 022 2780 0303
So, no matter what part of Mumbai you are in, visit one of the fine Krishna temples in the city on Janmashtami to get a taste of Hindu culture and traditions.