Associated with goddess Mumba, Mumba Devi temple is a holy spot, around 23 km away from the city center of Mumbai. It is one of the most popular and ancient shrines holding great spiritual importance among Kolis/fishermen of the city. It is believed that Maha Amba or Devi Mumba offers great peace, power to Kolis and act as their supporter. Tourists and devotees from all parts of the world offer sincere prayers at Mumbai Devi temple and seek the blessings of Goddess Mumba.
1 it is believed that the temple was originally built in 1675 near the main landing site of the former Bori Bunder creek against the north wall of the English Fort Saint George by a Hindu woman also named Mumba.
2 The first Mumbadevi temple was situated at Bori Bunder, and is believed to have been destroyed between 1739 and 1770. After the destruction a new temple was erected at the same place at Bhuleshwar.
3 The present name of the city is derived from the Goddess Mumbadevi. The temple itself is not impressive but is an important landmark as it is dedicated to MumbaDevi, the city’s patron deity.
4 The goddess Mumba was patron of the Marathi speaking agri (salt collectors) and kolis (fisherfolk), the original inhabitants of the seven islands of Bombay.
5 The structure of Mumba Devi Temple is a marvelous sight for anyone who visits this shrine. The highlight of the Mumba Devi Temple is the idol of Goddess Mumbadevi, adorned with a silver crown, a golden necklace and a nose stud.
6 This Temple is in the heart of the steel and clothing markets, which makes this temple unique amongst other popular Temples of Mumbai.
7 The Mumbadevi road is to the right from the northern end of Zaveri Bazaar. It is a narrow street lined with stalls selling a spectrum of objects associated with Hindu religion – copper bracelets, rings, rudrakska malas, brass lingams, photographs of deities, incense, saffron and so on
8 According to some writers, Mumbadevi, was sent by ‘Lord Brahma’ to vanquish an evil demon known as ‘Mumbaraka’, who terrorized the locals. After his defeat, Mumbaraka fell on his knees and begged the Goddess to take his name. He was also given the permission to build a beautiful temple dedicated to her. Thus, the magnificent shrine of Mumba Devi Temple was built by Mumbaraka in the heart of the city.