Wherever you are living, if you are Travel and Food enthusiastic, you will definitely do your bus booking, train ticket booking, and Air flight booking to visit a Mumbai and its Popular places, at least once in your lifetime. Then Why to think and wait? Just take your suitcases and bags, pack your luggage properly as per the seasonal climate, and schedule your vacation to spent your holiday for Christmas, or New Year or for anything.
If you are staying in and around Mumbai, or in other cities of Maharashtra, you can a Road Trip with your car, bike or even cycle. So, here are the best popular Temples and places to visit in Mumbai and things to do:
1) Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
One of the most frequented temples in Mumbai, the Siddhivinayak Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. It is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It was originally built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil on 19 November 1801. It is one of the richest temples in India.
Siddhivinayak is well known as "Navsacha Ganapati" or "Navasala Pavanara Ganapati" ('Ganapati bestows whenever humbly genuinely prayed a wish') among devotees.
The temple has a small mandap with the shrine for Shree Siddhi Vinayak. The auspicious idol of Lord Ganesha is carved out in a single black stone with the trunk bent towards right making it one-of-its-kind. The wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with images of the Ashtavinayak (the eight manifestations of Ganesha in Maharashtra). The inner roof of the sanctum is plated with gold, and the central statue is of Ganesha.
Devotees from across India including famous personalities from Business to Bollywood and sports throng the temple to seek the blessings of Siddhivinayak Ganapati. You can plan a visit to this temple with your family for an enriched spiritual experience.
• Location: S.K. Bhole Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai- 400025.
• Timings: 05:30 am to 10:00 pm; every day
• Entry Fee: No Entry Fees. Other things like garland, mithai at the cost at vendors shops.
2) ISKCON Temple, Mumbai
Also known as Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari ji Temple, it is close to Juhu Beach and boasts 4 acres of land area.
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of ISKCON (also known as the Hare Krishna Movement) inspired the construction of one of India's most beautiful temple of Lord Krishna in Mumbai. The presiding Deities at the temple, Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari and Sri Sri Sita Rama Laxman Hanuman were personally installed by the founder of ISKCON.
The gorgeously carved temple draws Hindu devotees in droves and hosts festivals like Ratha Yatra, Janmashtami, Radhasthami, Makarsankranti, and Gaura Purnima with great pomp and show. Crafted with marble, the temple comes with a 7-storey guesthouse, an auditorium, and a restaurant to help devotees attend spiritual programs with ease. The ISKCON Temple is also an educational hub and its library houses an impressive collection of spiritual books. Many Indian and International movies have shown the Hare Krishna culture.
• Location: Sri Mukteshwar Devalaya Marg, Sainath Nagar, Hare Krishna Land, Juhu, Mumbai- 400049.
• Timings: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 04:15 pm to 09:00 pm, Monday to Sunday
• Entry Fee: No Entry Fees. Food and other crafts at the cost.
3) Shri Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai
The Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the most famous temples of the city of Mumbai, India.
Built in 1831 by a Hindu merchant named Dhakji Dadaji, this beautiful temple attracts numerous devotees daily, and more so on Diwali and Navaratra. On these two occasions, Shri Mahalakshmi is believed to come alive and grant the wishes of her worshippers. The other two deities housed here are Shri Mahasaraswati and Shri Mahakali.
Built around 1785, the history of this temple is supposedly connected with the building of the Hornby Vellard. Apparently after portions of the sea wall of the Vellard collapsed twice, the chief engineer, a Pathare Prabhu, named Ramji Shivji Prabhu, dreamt of a devi statue in the sea near Worli. A search recovered it, and he built a temple for it. After this, the work on the vellard could be completed without a hitch.
The vernacular domestic architecture of the temple and its unique surroundings, dotted with sweet and flower shops, make Mahalakshmi Temple an integral part of Maharashtra tourism.
During Navaratri celebrations, devotees from distant places throng to the temple, which is decorated for this occasion, to pay obeisance. They have to stand for hours in long queues holding coconuts, flowers and sweets which they offer to the goddess.
Location: Bhulabhai Desai Marg, Mahalaxmi West, Mumbai- 400026.
Timings: 06:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday to Sunday
Morning aarti: 07.00 am to 07.20 am
Evening aarti: 06.30 pm to 06.40 pm
Main aarti: 07.30 pm to 07.50 pm
Night aarti: 10.00 pm (at the time of closing)
Entry Fee: Free
4) Babulnath Temple
Babulnath Temple is an ancient Shiva temple in Mumbai, India. Situated on a small hillock near Girgaum Chowpatty, at nearly 1000 feet above the sea level, it is one of oldest temples in the city, Shiva in the form of the Lord of the Babul tree is the main deity in this temple.
Babulnath Temple Shiva Linga and Idols were originally consecrated in the 12th century by the then Hindu king Bhimdev of the region. Over a period of time the temple was buried and lost over a period of time. The idols were re-discovered (unearthed) during the period of 1700 to 1780. The first temple was built in the 1780 year.
When rediscovered, 5 original idols were dug out. That of the main Shiva Linga, Ganesh, Hanuman, Parvati and one more. Out of this the first four are in the temple. The fifth one was immersed in the sea because it was broken when it was dug out in the 18th century.
The Babulnath Temple was patronised when built for the first time by Hindu merchant of that time and mainly the Gujarati community. A bigger temple was built in 1890 by contributions from the Gujarati merchants and the likes of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaikwad of Baroda state.
Till the 1980s Babulnath Temple was one of the Tallest structure & location in the city of Mumbai. On every Monday and on day of Mahashivaratri, the temple is very crowded. Very famous temple in the 21st century, known for the active blessings.
Location: 16, Babulnath Road, Charni Road, Mumbai- 400004, Maharashtra.
Opening hours: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Entrance charge: No entry fees
5) Mumbadevi Temple, Mumbai
Mumba Devi Mandir is one of the oldest temple in Mumbai, Maharashtra, dedicated to the goddess Mumbā, the local incarnation of the Devi (Mother Goddess). Mumba Devi is the goddess of the city of Mumbai. The name Mumbai is derived from Mumba Devi.
Located in Bhuleshwar area in South Mumbai, the temple is in the heart of the steel and clothing markets. It is a sacred pilgrimage spot and place of worship for Hindus and is thus visited daily by hundreds of people. It is not uncommon for visitors of Mumbai to pay their respects at the temple and is one of the tourist attractions of Mumbai.
Shri Mumba Devi Temple is built in the classic ancient Hindu temple style. The building has one high spire and a red flag flying on its top. And the exterior walls are decorated with beautiful carvings prominent in the Hindu temples.
Temple shrine has the idol of Goddess Mumba, with a golden necklace, a nose stud and a silver crown. Mumbadevi represents Mother Earth and doesn’t have a mouth. Apart from her, you’ll see the statues of Goddess Annapurna, Lord Ganesh and Hanuman. The temple also has a sculpture of a fierce tiger in front of the shrine.
6) Tirupati Temple at Fanas Wadi, Kalbadevi, Mumbai.
This temple is devoted to Lord Venkateshwara. The local folks call this temple as 'Lord Balaji mandir'. The name fanas is Marathi for jackfruit, probably pointing to a time when the trees grew abundantly here. The temple at Fanaswadi, Mumbai dedicated to the Lord of the Seven Hills Sri Venkateshwara was consecrated on 10 June 1927
The temple has been designed in Dravidian style, strictly according to Silpa Sastra and every stone laid for raising the towers was measured and fitted in as per architectural shastras.
The massive Gopuram or tower which is a replica of the Dravidian architecture is visible from quite a distance.
7) Mount Mary Church, Mumbai
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, more commonly known as Mount Mary Church, is a basilica of the Latin Church in India, located in the Bandra neighbourhood of Mumbai.
The feast of the nativity of Mary is celebrated here on the 8th day of September, the occasion of the birth of the virgin-mother of Jesus Christ. The feast is followed by a week-long fair or carnival known in the Konkan region as the Bandra Fest, and is visited by thousands of people every year
Situated at top of the hill Bandra west, It gives you the panoramic views of the Arabian sea from the church. It is a great place to sit peacefully and attain some tranquillity. You can come here to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Location: Mt Mary Rd, near Shanti Avedna Sadan, Mount Mary, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
Opening hours: 6:30am – 8:30pm
Entrance charge: No entry fees
8) Jivdani Mata Temple, Virar.
The ancient famous Maa Jivdani temple is located on the Jivdani hill in Virar, a suburb of Mumbai. In 17th century there was a fort by the name of Jivdhan on this hill. Within the fortifications there are some ancient looking caves and water cisterns, most of which have now practically dried up.
The temple is on the hill, almost 1500 ft from the sea-level. The Goddess rests in a temple situated about 1465 steps above the ground on a hill that forms a part of the Satpura Range in Virar, a northern Mumbai suburb, about 60 km away from Mumbai.
The hill offers a very picturesque view of Virar and its vicinity. During the nine days of the Navratri festival many followers visit the shrine.
Spend a day exploring the area and seeing some of the local attractions. At top of the Hill, there is a birdhouse and you can enjoy ropeway and many more things. A fair held on a day of Dussehra which attended by thousands of the people.
Location: Ma Jivdani Mandir, Virar- East, Palghar, Maharashtra.
Opening hours: 5:30am – 7:00pm
Entrance charge: No entry fees, for Ropeway 100 Rs. charge for per person.
9) Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai.
The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah or the monument of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari constructed in 1431 and located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern Mumbai.
An exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Architecture, associated with legends about doomed lovers, the dargah contains the tomb of Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Bukhari was a Sufi saint and a wealthy merchant from Uzbekistan. Near the heart of the city proper, the dargah is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Mumbai.
The Dargah is built on a tiny islet located 500 meters from the coast, in the middle of Worli Bay, in the vicinity of Worli. The edifice is a brilliant specimen of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture.
10) Mahalaxmi Mandir at Dahanu
Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the most famous temples of Dahanu situated on Mumbai–Ahmedabad Highway in Dahanu area. It is dedicated to Mahalakshmi. This temple was built by Koli king Jayabha Mukne of Jawhar State in 1306 at the establishment of Jawhar.
Here in Dahanu, there are two temples of Goddess Mahalaxmi. One is situated on National Highway Eight (NH-8) at Charoti Naka, and other the main one is situated on the mountain called Mahalaxmi Hill nearby about 3 to 4 kilometers.
The Goddess Mahalaxmi is the family deity of tribes, so during the festive period, the tribals arrange taarpa dance for their revelry.
Every year a festival is held called Mahalakshmi Yatra for 15 days starting from Hanuman Jayanti. The temple has roughly 900+ steps.
You can drive on National Highway 8 or simply take local train and go to Dahanu.
11) Parsi Fire Temple at Fort
When Arabs conquered Persia in the 7th century, they firmly suppressed Zoroastrianism, the religion the local population practiced. Several Zoroastrians were killed or forced to convert to Islam; others fled and migrated to India. These Zoroastrians are called Parsis, literally meaning from Pars (Persia), and have made their homes predominantly in Gujarat and Mumbai.
With only 27 fire temples found outside of India, the highest concentration of fire temples can be found in Mumbai. The Fort business district in Mumbai, The area is home to the Seth Banaji Limji Agiary, a Zoroastrian Fire Temple which is the oldest surviving one in Mumbai.
According to historical records, fire from a lightning strike was maintained by a priest in the home of Mehrwanji Limji, a successful businessman in Kolkata for two years before being transported with Zoroastrian rites to Mumbai. The Mumbai Agiary was established in 1709 by Limji, who brought the fire from Mumbai to initiate the temple and its sacred fire.
Only the high external walls are accessible to non-Parsis. The architecture of the temple resembles that of a fortress, with fire motifs on the front façade. In 1803, a fire broke out in Fort district, destroying most of the temple, but was rebuilt in 1845 by the city’s Parsi community.
12) Synagogue (Jew’s Prayer House) in Mumbai
Jews started settling in Mumbai (then Bombay) and other coastal towns of Maharashtra during the 18th century, due to its economic opportunities. The Jewish community of Bombay consisted of the remnants of three distinct communities: the Bene Israeli Jews of Konkan, the Baghdadi Jews of Iraq, and the Cochin Jews of Malabar. Presently there are about 10 active synagogues in Maharashtra out of which 9 are in Mumbai and 1 is in Pune Apart from this there are a couple of prayer hall and about 11 closed synagogues
Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue: Located at the heart of Mumbai, Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue with its bright blue and white exterior is popularly known as the blus synagogue. It was constructed in 1884 and is a Bagdadi Jew Synagogue. The interiors are well laid out with light filtering through the stained glass windows. Brass chandeliers and ornamentation adds to the beauty of the interiors.
Magen David David: A Baghdadi Synagogue built by David Sassoon in 1861. Following the Victorian style of architecture the synagogue has a high steeple fitted with a clock. The interior of the synagogue is a double-height sanctuary with women's gallery wrapping around three sides of the upper floor. In the 2010s the exterior and interior of the Magen David Synagogue have been painted blue and white.
Magen Hasidim Synagogue: Magen Hasidin, literally meaning the Shield of the Pious, is the largest Bene Israel synagogue in Mumbai. The original synagogue started in 1904 but was shifted to the larger present location in 1931. The interiors are more lively with a decorative wooden central platform. The women's gallery is on the first floor balcony. Decorative chandeliers lit up the interior with the large windows allowing the natural light to filter in.
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