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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

Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai. Wikimedia

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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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

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