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Mahalakshmi Temple: Know the Story behind the 300-Year-Old Ancient Shrine

The temple has images of Goddesses Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati

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October 15, 2016: Mahalakshmi temple is one of the oldest and most famous temples of Mumbai and is located on Bhulabahi road and the background of Arabian Sea enhances the tranquillity of the shrine.

Built in the 18th century, during the British rule, this temple comes with an intriguing history. The British made several attempts to connect Malabar Hill with Worli, but without success. Legend has it that one night, the Chief Engineer, an Indian, dreamed of Goddess Mahalakshmi, who instructed him to retrieve three idols from the bottom of the sea. He found the idols and decided to build a temple to house them. It is believed that after he built the temple, the British were able to link Malabar Hill with Worli, and The Breach Candy came into existence.

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The temple has images of Goddesses Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati. All the images of the temple are adorned with nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces. The images have a celestial appearance which lends a mystic and spiritual aura to the temple.

People from all walks of life come to the holy shrine of Goddess Malahakshmi as they believe the Goddess fulfils all the wishes of her true devotees. The temple is also famous for being one of the six places of the Shakti, where according to Hindu mythology, one can get achieve fulfilment from desire as well as salvation from it.

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During Navaratri, the whole temple is specially decorated. Devotees come from all over the country to seek blessings of the Goddess. The period of Navaratri is believed to be very auspicious. During this festival, devotees have to wait in long queues to get a glimpse of the Goddess. This period lasts for three days and devotees visit the temple on all three evenings.

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A lesser known is that the Devi is a ‘swayambhu‘ – one who has not been carved but has appeared on stone by herself. The only way one can get a glimpse of her is to visit the temple around 9:30pm. During this time, the masks are removed, and the original idols are open for darshan for about 15 to 20 minutes before the temple closes. 

The temple opens at 6:00 am, directly with the ‘abhishek’ (bathing of the idol), after which the idols are covered as usual before darshan opens with the first Aarti. The original idol, being a ‘swayambhu’, is not carved, but an imprint on stone, and is covered with sindoor, as is common in Maharashtra. 

  – by Pragya Arora of NewsGram. Twitter: @Wanderlust6400

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7 Most Beautiful Goddess Lakshmi Temples of India

On this Diwali Day, aware yourself of the most beautiful Goddess Laxmi Temples ensembled in India and keep up your beliefs on the almighty

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Sripuram Golden Temple. Wikimedia

Goddess Laxmi is one of the principal deities of Hindu religion. She is the goddess of destiny, wealth, and prosperity. The goddess is also worshipped by Jains and Buddhists.

On the eve of Diwali, we bring you the most beautiful Goddess Lakshmi Temples situated all over the India.

Sripuram Golden Temple, Vellore

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Sripuram Golden Temple, Vellore. Wikimedia.

Sripuram Golden Temple is one of the biggest temples in India, this Lakshmi temple is dedicated to the worship of the goddess. It is situated on a hill called Malaikodi, located in Vellore of Tamil Nadu.

Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Delhi

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Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Delhi. Wikimedia.

Birla Mandir situated in New Delhi is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Vishnu. One popular fact about this temple is that it was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. Hundreds of devotees visit Birla Mandir during festive occasions including Diwali.

Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai

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Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai. Wikimedia.

Mahalakshmi Temple is an ancient temple of the goddess Lakshmi. It is situated in Mumbai. and has an interesting story behind it. After the wall of Hornby Vellard collapsed twice, the engineer dreamed of the goddess of wealth. On this very, location a statue of the goddess Lakshmi was found. Hence, the statue was put up and a temple was built.

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Lakshmi Devi Temple, Hassan

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Lakshmi Devi Temple at Hassan. Wikimedia.

Goddess Lakshmi temple in Doddagaddavalli relates the period of Hoysalas in Karnataka. It is one of the earliest architectural temples of Hoysala style.

Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai

 

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Ashtalakshmi Temple Chennai. Wikimedia.

Ashtalakshmi Temple is famous for various shrines of goddess Laksmi which depict all 8  forms of Lakshmi Devi. The temple is located near Elliot’s beach of Chennai.

Kaila Devi Temple, Karauli, Rajasthan

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Kailadevi Temple Rajasthan. Wikimedia.

Kaila Devi is regarded as an incarnation of Mahalakshmi or the Wealth Goddess. This temple situated in Karauli District of Rajasthan.

Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple

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Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple.Wikimedia.

Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple is an extremely popular Mahalakshmi temple built up in Tumkur District, Karnataka. The worshipped idol of Mahalakshmi is believed to have originated on its own.

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