The city of Mumbai in India is having many contrasts as to some localities are the posh localities, where extremely rich people stay. And there are some real polluted and dirty areas where you cannot even stand for one minute, where extremely poor people stay. The area of Malabar Hills is one of the posh localities of Mumbai. Only extremely rich people can afford to stay here. The Malabar Hill is located on the seashore and is extremely beautiful. The famous Mahalaxmi temple is situated in this area that attracts thousands of visitors even today. We were able to visit this ancient temple of Goddess Mahalaxmi during our last visit to India. I am presenting a brief review on our visit to said temple in this article.
Mumbai is called the commercial capital of India. And can be reached easily by all the three means of transportations. There are many hotels available for the tourists to stay in a very wide range starting from Rs.50 ($1) to Rs.20000 ($400) per day for a double occupancy room. We were not required to stay in hotel as there is my own house in Mumbai and my parents stay there. The visitors can reach Mahalaxmi temple through the local Metro trains by getting down at the station of Mahalaxmi, which is situated on Western Railway. The visitors may walk down from Mahalaxmi station to this famous temple as it may take only around 15 minutes or so. The other option is to reach by the city bus service that can drop you just at the entrance gate of the temple. If you really do not have time, you may hire a cab and reach directly at this temple. This holy temple is situated in the Malabar Hill area on downward slope in North direction, just on the Sea beach. The location of the temple is such that the visitors can have dual fun of enjoying the Sea beach as well as the holy and sacred darshana of Mahalaxmi Mata. As soon as the visitors pass through the main entry gate, they need to climb around 60 steps to reach inside the temple. There are shops located on both the sides of these steps that sell all the materials required for performing puja. Most of the visitors buy the dry coconut for putting at the feet of Mataji. Some of the visitors buy the small Chundadi for Mataji, which is made from colorful shining cloth. This Chundadi is taken back by visitors to their home and kept in their home temple for puja on daily basis. The statue of Mataji, which is placed here, was found from the Arabian Sea before around 300 years. This beautiful Statue of Mahalaxmi Mata is made of white smooth marble and has very silent, happy, and joyful face expressions. The temple opens at 6 am in the morning and closes at 9 pm in the evening. It also remains closed from 12 noon to 4 pm in between. The artis are performed both in the morning and evenings. The visitors love to attend these artis as they generate very holy and spiritual environment inside the temple.
The middle class people who would like to be more rich visit this temple and take oath here that if they would turn richer, they would come again and gift Chundadi to Mataji. There is an open Arabian Sea behind this temple. Though, the people will have to sit on the rocks here, as there is no beach of sand. There are thousands of scattered stone rocks on which the visitors sit and enjoy the beautiful views of sunrise and the sunset. It is really worth sitting here, mainly during high tide hours, as the Sea would be quiet stormy at that time. We had visited this temple in the morning and returned back by around 2 pm in the afternoon after having lunch. There are hundreds of roadside restaurants serving all sorts of food delicacies at very reasonable rates near the temple gate. The items like sandwiches, Chinese snacks, South Indian snacks, fast food items like burgers etc, bhelpuri and other similar items, hot and cold beverages, and the famous Mumbai Paunvada are served at these restaurants at the rates of around Rs.15 (thirty cents) per plate. We really enjoyed our lunch at these roadside restaurants.
We enjoyed our visit to this Mahalaxmi Mata temple in Mumbai and that is why we wish that all my AC friends and readers also may like to visit this temple during their next visit to Mumbai in India.