Mumba Devi Temple – Origin of name Mumbai
Mumba Devi temple is a sacred and old temple, located in Mumbai, temple devoted to Mumba Goddess. The Goddess is a regional personification of Devi. The name Mumba derived from Sanskrit word Maha –Amba means Great Mother.
Mumba goddess was supporter of Kolis and Agri, the actual residents of 7 islands Mumbai. Goddess sculptured in black stone in temple. Mumba’s etymology, which is famous, is Great Mother or Maha Amba, one of the numbers of India’s popular names for Mother Goddess. Temple Situated in South Mumbai’s Bhuleshwar area. This temple is standing in heart of clothing and steel markets. This temple has become pious pilgrimage and prime spot of worship to show their love and respects to goddess and it is too one of the famous tourists spots of Mumbai.
This temple made as respect of Mumba Goddess. Mumbadevi temple is 6 centuries old. The initial Mumbadevi temple located at Boru Bunder and considered to have demolished between1739 – 1770. After demolish, new shrine made at the same spot at Bhuleshwar. This goddess is incarnation of Mother Earth and she is still pleased by devotees of Dravidian worshippers of southern and western India. Actual temple constructed at place where earlier Victoria Terminus station was there, this old temple destroyed by Koli fisher men in 1737 and new shrine created in Phansi Talao place. This new temple has Mumba devi Goddess’s image dressed with silver crown in robe, a golden necklace and nose stud. On the left side there is Annapurna’s figure placed rode on peacock. On front side of temple, there is tiger, hauler of Goddess.
Outfitted by silver robes and decorated with nose studs. Mumba goddess has not mouth, it is a regional picture of Mother Earth, and koli fisher folk worship her. Apart from Mumbadevi’s orange face statue, there is some other Gods’ statue also such as Ganesh, Indra, and Hanuman. This is prevalent belief that Mumbadevi does not dissatisfy any devotees, if devotee sincerely worships her. Don’t visit temple on Monday, it stays close on Monday. Simply outside the shrine, you will get to see flowers stalls, pink lotuses, beautifully smelling jasmine, sweets, and orange marigolds. It is belief that goddess as if pink lotuses due to that devotees present it to Goddess as offering.
Road of Mumbadevi temple is on the right side of Zaveri Bazar at northern end. This thin street lined along with stalls vending variety of objects related to Hindu religion such as rings, copper bracelets, brass lingams, rudrakska malas, saffron, deities’ images, and incense. Here you will also get to see Sadhus sat on street, their foreheads messy with vermilion and ash paste.