Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai

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A popular Hindu temple of Mumbai dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi- the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Legend says the British rulers of Mumbai (then Bombay) wanted to connect the present Breach Candy area to Worli through a Vellard (corruption of a Portuguese word vallado – meaning fence or embankment). Their repeated attempts, however, failed due to the heavy tide from the sea. Dejected, they almost stopped the work.

At that time, one day, the Indian Chief Architect of the project had a dream that there is a Lakshmi idol in the sea bed; recover it and install in a temple for worship so that he can complete the project without trouble.

The Indian officer ordered a search and recovered a Lakshmi idol from the sea.

He constructed the temple and made arrangements for its worship. There after he successfully completed the project. This Vellard came to be known as Hornby Vellard- after the then Governor of Mumbai who presided a mega project which connected seven islands of Mumbai with each other.

The temple enshrines Maha Lakshmi, Maha Kali and Maha Saraswati-three forms of the Goddess Durga.

Originally, the temple was constructed on a creek that separated the island of Mumbai from the Koli island of Worli. However, after the Hornby Vellard was completed in the year 1784 the creek was filled. It was then that the present day Lakshmi Temple came up at the site.

The temple is on Bhulabhai Desai Road in Western Mumbai.


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