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Place of Worship in Mumbai, Maharashtra

Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city people of all religions are found in Mumbai. There are many famous temples, mosques and churches in Bombay. Some of the famous places of worship in Mumbai are:

Mumba Devi Temple: Mumba Devi Temple, is an old Hindu temple in the city of Mumbai dedicated to the goddess Mumba. Mumbai derives its name from the goddess Mumba. It is said that the temple was built in 1675 by a Hindu woman also named Mumba. The goddess Mumba was patron of the agri (salt collectors) and kohli (fisherfolk), the original inhabitants of the seven islands of Bombay. She is depicted as a black stone sculpture in the temple. Located in Bhuleshwar area in South Mumbai, the temple is in the heart of the steel and clothes markets. It is a sacred pilgrimage spot and one of the popular tourist destinations in the city.

Mahalaxmi Temple: Mahalaxmi temple is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai. Dedicated to Mahalaxmi, Lord Vishnu's consort, the temple was built around 1785. The temple has an interesting history. While building the Hornby Vellard, the portions the sea wall of the Vellard collapsed twice. The chief engineer dreamt of a Lakshmi 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 any hitch.

Jain Temple: Jain Temple dedicated to Adinath, the first "Teerthankar", located on Malabar Hill was built by the Jain community in 1904. The temple is totally built with marble. Inside, the temple frescoes depict various events in the lives of the 24 Jain apostles or Teerthankars.

ISCKON Temple: ISCKON temple better known as "Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple" is situated at Juhu. It is a place for worship, meditation and spiritual knowledge, which advocates the principles of Bhagvad Gita as taught by Lord Krishna.

Siddhivinayak Temple: Siddhi Vinayak temple devoted to Lord Ganesha-the elephant-headed God of good fortune-is located at Prabhadev in Mumbai. On auspicious Tuesdays there are serpentine queues more than 2 km long. . It is believed that Lord Ganesha will remove obstacles from everyone's way.

Walukeshwar Mandir: Walukeshwar Mandir, is one of the Mumbai's ancient Hindu Sites, dedicated to Walukeshwar (Lord Shiva) or Sand-Lord. According to the great epic Ramayana, it is believed that Rama paused here during his journey south to rescue Sita from the clutches of the evil Ravana, and created a lingam out of sand to worship Shiva.

Haji Ali Dargah: The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and tomb off the coast of Mumbai, built by a wealthy Muslim merchant and saint named Haji Ali who renounced all his worldly possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. It sits 500 yards off the coast in the waters of Mahim Bay, near the neighborhood of Worli. It is connected with the Mahalaxmi Temple via a small path that goes into the sea, only accessible during low tide.

Mahim Shrine: The most noteworthy feature of Mahim is the shrine of Makhtum Fakih Ali Paru. Of Arab Origin, he studied and traveled extensively and was appointed law officer of Mahim. Makhtum Fakih Ali Paru is noted for his commentary on the holy Koran. When he died in 1413, a shrine and mosque were built in his memory.

Jama Masjid: It is believed that the original Jama Masjid of Mumbai was situated near Dongri. It was removed and erected at Esplanade. In 1770 this mosque too was demolished by an order of Governor William Hornby, which forbade the existence of any building within 600 years of the walls of the Fort. The construction of the present Jama Masjid started in 1775 and completed in 1802.

Mount Mary Church: Mount Mary Church located in the suburb of Bandra is one of the most visited churches of Mumbai. The church stands on a hillock about 80 metres above sea level overlooking the Arabian Sea. During the Bandra Fair, thousands of devotees visit the shrine.

Afghan Memorial Church of St. John The Baptist: The Afghan Memorial Church of St. John the Baptist is located in Colaba. The church was established in 1847 AD and consecrated 11 years later as a memorial to those who fell in the First Afghan War of 1843 and Sind campaign of 1838. The church has an impressive architecture with wide Gothic arches and beautiful stained-glass windows.

Cathedral Church of St. Thomas: St. Thomas' Cathedral, the city's first Anglican Church is situated in the heart of the commercial Fort area, in Mumbai. The foundation was laid in 1672 during the governorship of Gerald Aungier, and was opened to public on the Christmas Day in 1718. Though simple in structure, the interior of the Church has some exquisite art adorations.

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