The Mahalakshmi Temple is one of the most revered temples in Mumbai. The temple is dedicated to the three manifestations of Shakti, Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali. The temple is located less than a kilometre away from the city’s most famous dargah, the Haji Ali Dargah. The neighborhood gets it’s name from this 19th century temple. In fact one of India’s best racecourses is also named after the Mahalakshmi Temple.
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The was built in 1831 by Dhakji Dadaji who belonged to the Patharwe Prabhu community. One of the legends behind building the temple goes all the way back to the late 18th century when Mumbai was a collection of seven islands. The Governor of Mumbai, William Hornby decides to ensure that all the seven islands of Mumbai must be brought together so that people living in the low-lying areas don’t fall get affected by floods during the high tide. Since this was one of the biggest civil engineering projects of its kind, the fencing of the Worli island kept collapsing.
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It is believed that this Hindu merchant named Dhakji Dadaji dreamt of a idol of the goddess in the sea. There was an immediate search for the idol and once it was found, he decided that there needs to be a temple to be built in order to go on with the project. As soon as the temple was constructed, locals believe that the goddess bless the people and helped them complete the project successfully.
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The best time the year to visit the temple is during festivals, especially during Navratri and Dusshera.
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