Dedicated to Goddess “Mumbadevi” (an avatar of Devi) is a renowned Hindu shrine located in Maharashtra known as “Mumbadevi Temple/Mandir”. This “Devi” dedicated temple is situated in the Bhuleshwar area in South Mumbai. Apparently, this temple was constructed in close proximity to the Bori Bunder creek against a fort called “Saint George”. In addition, the main deity of this temple Goddess Mumbadevi is supposed to be worshipped mainly by the agri (i.e. salt collectors) and the koli (i.e. fishermen) community. Furthermore, this temple is considered to be “one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city”.
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a. How to reach Mumbadevi Temple
MumbaDevi Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station to this temple is located in Mumbai Central. The Mumbai Central Railway Station is well connected to major cities situated on the western railway line.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Pune, Thane, Kalyan, and Navi Mumbai.
- Via Pune:
There is one route from Pune to this temple, and it is via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway.
- Via Thane:
There is one route from Thane to this temple, and it is via Eastern Express Highway/Mumbai Agra National Highway and Eastern Exp.
- Via Kalyan:
There is one route from Kalyan to this temple, and it is via Eastern Express Highway/Mumbai Agra National Highway and Eastern Exp.
- Via Navi Mumbai:
There are two routes from Navi Mumbai to this temple, and they are via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Pandharpur Road/Mumbai Pune Highway/Sion Panvel Exp and Eastern Highway, and via Bangalore Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Pandharpur Road/Mumbai Pune Highway/Sion Panvel Exp.
3. By air:
The nearest domestic airport to this temple is located in the suburb of Ville Parle/ Santa Cruz while, the international airport is located in Sahar. Both the international and domestic are well connected to major cities and countries respectively.
c. Religious significance of the Mumbadevi Temple
A popular legend attached to this city states that Goddess Mumbadevi (a Devi avatar) was sent by Lord Brahma to annihilate an evil demon Mumbarka, who apparently had become a menace for the locals. It was then during a battle that Mumbadevi managed to destroy the demon. Furthermore, after this defeat he requested the goddess to take his name, and also constructed this temple in honour of her. In addition, it is said that those who worship Goddess Mumbadevi located at this temple always have their desires fulfilled.