Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati
This temple is dedicated to the three deities Shree Mahakali or Durga (Destroyer of Demon), Shree Mahalakshmi (Goddesses of Wealth) and Shree Mahasaraswati (Goddesses of Learning).
In the month of March/April and September/October i.e.during Chaitra and Ashwin Navaratra , the Sun rays of rising sun fall on the deities for few minutes.
There are small idols of Shree Ganpati and Vithal - Rukhamini on two sides outside Gabhara or the Sancto Sanatorium. On the main gate of Gabhara there is “Shreeyantra” also known as “ Laxmi Yantra”. The entire ‘SIMHASAN’ in the gabhara is covered with beautifully carved silver sheets with elephants and peacocks on the front side pillars.
Hindus immersed the three idols of the Goddesses into the sea near Worli creek to avoid destruction of the idols by the Muslim invaders. Subsequently, during British Rule, Lord Horneby decided to connect the two islands viz. Worli-Malbar Hill creek and the work was entrusted to Shri Ramji Shivji Prabhu, a Govt. Engineer who tried through his other engineers and technicians to link the two islands(creeks). They were not in a position to connect two islands by constructing two ways and could not complete the project on account of Sea – Waves. One night Shree Mahalakshmi Goddess instructed him in a dream and asked him to take out all the idols which were in creek of Worli and place them on top of the hillock. He promised the Goddess that he will take them out from sea/creek and place them in a temple on top of the hillock. Accordingly, team working for construction of connecting of Worli creek and Malbar Hill creek took out all the three idols of matajis from the Worli creek. Then only he succeeded to connect the said two creeks. After completion of this work, Engineer obtained ground on the hillock as a gift from the English Ruler. He then constructed a Mahalakshmi Temple on the said on top of the hillock by spending Rs.80,000/-. As per the records available this temple was constructed between 1761 A.D.1771 A.D.
From Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai the temple is 18.9 Km, from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station it is 6.4 km and 3.7 km from Mumbai Central Station. From Mahalakshmi station once can bus(351) for Vatsalabai Desai Chowk bus stop and then walk up to temple. From Mahalaxmi Temple Bus Stop it is at a walkable distance of 350m and Vatsalabai Desai Chowk bus stop 800m.
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