Mahalaxmi (महालक्ष्मी), also spelled Mahalakshmi, is a railway station on the Western Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway, Mumbai. Major landmarks in the area are the Mahalaxmi Temple, Haji Ali Dargah, Nehru Planetarium and Racecourse, Dabbawalla Statue.
Here are 7 Interesting and lesser known facts about Mahalaxmi
1 A workshop was established at Mahalaxmi(Mahalakshmi) in 1910 for the repair of wagons. In 1962 it was modified to work on carriages, and in 1976 it was adapted for Periodic Overhauls of EMUs.
2 Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai situated on Bhulabhai Desai Road in Mahalaxmi area. It is dedicated to Mahalakshmi the central deity of Devi Mahatmyam. The temple was built in 1831 by Dhakji Dadaji (1760–1846), a Hindu merchant.
3 On 5 January 1928 Mahalaxmi station welcomed guests for the ceremony for the electrification of the Western Line. Renovation was carried out in 1926 and the station was reopened on 3 October 1926.
4 Mumbai’s famous upcoming “The Saat Rasta Project” will connect the Mahalaxmi Railway Station to the proposed Jacob Circle Monorail station.
5 The Haji Ali Mahalaxmi Project aims to connect the 225 acre The Racecouse to the Arabian Sea, by creating a 6 Acre public open space.
6 Famous Haji Ali Dargah, constructed in 1431 in memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca.
7 The Mahalaxmi Racecourse is a horse racing track in neighbourhood, of Mumbai. The track is oval shaped with 2,400 metres straight chute, spread over approximately 225 acres of open land in the heart of Mumbai city. It was created out of a marshy land known as Mahalakshmi Flats.