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'''Mumba Devi Mandir'''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">, or </span>'''Mumba Devi Temple'''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> (</span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gujarati_language Gujarati]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">: મુંબાદેવી મંદિર, મુંબઈ , </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathi_language Marathi]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">: मुंबा देवी मंदिर), is an old </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu Hindu]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> temple in the city of </span>Mumbai<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">, dedicated to the goddess </span>''Mumbā''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">, the local incarnation of the </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devi Devi]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> (Mother Goddess). </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathi_language Marathi]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> </span>''Mumbā''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> derives from </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanskrit Sanskrit]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> </span>''Mahā-Ambā''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> "</span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Mother Great Mother]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">", and </span>''Mumbaī''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> combines the name with </span>''aī''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">, the Marathi for "mother".</span>
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'''Mumba Devi Mandir'''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">, or </span>'''Mumba Devi Temple'''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> (</span>Gujarati<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">: મુંબાદેવી મંદિર, મુંબઈ , </span>Marathi<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">: मुंबा देवी मंदिर), is an old </span>Hindu<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> temple in the city of </span>[[Mumbai]] <span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">, dedicated to the goddess </span>''Mumbā''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">, the local incarnation of the </span>Devi<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> (Mother Goddess). </span>Marathi<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> </span>''Mumbā''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> derives from </span>Sanskrit<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> </span>''Mahā-Ambā''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> "</span>Great Mother<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">", and </span>''Mumbaī''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;"> combines the name with </span>''aī''<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.1875px;">, the Marathi for "mother".</span>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.1875px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">While Hindu sects devoted to the goddess '''Mumbadevi''' are attested to as far back as the 15th century, it is said [[File:493.jpg|thumb|280px]]that the temple was 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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu Hindu] woman also named Mumba. The creek and fort are now deteriorated to a point at which they are but derelict reminders of the city's past. The temple, on the other hand, is still active.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.1875px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">While Hindu sects devoted to the goddess '''Mumbadevi''' are attested to as far back as the 15th century, it is said [[File:493.jpg|thumb|280px]]that the temple was 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. The creek and fort are now deteriorated to a point at which they are but derelict reminders of the city's past. The temple, on the other hand, is still active.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.1875px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The goddess Mumba was patron of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agri_(Maharashtra) agri] (salt collectors) and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolis kolis] (fisherfolk), the original inhabitants of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_islands_of_Bombay seven islands of Bombay]. She is depicted as a black stone sculpture in the temple. An etymology of Mumba that is popular is ''"Maha Amba,"'' or "Great Mother," one of the many of India's more well-known names for the Hindu Mother Goddess ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devi Devi]). Located in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhuleshwar Bhuleshwar] area in[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Mumbai South Mumbai], the temple is in the heart of the steel and clothing markets. It is a sacred pilgrimage spot and place of worship for Hindus and is thus visited daily by hundreds of people. It is not uncommon for visitors of Mumbai to pay their respects at the temple and is one of the popular [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourist_destination tourist destinations] in the city.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.1875px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The goddess Mumba was patron of the agri (salt collectors) and kolis (fisherfolk), the original inhabitants of the seven islands of Bombay. She is depicted as a black stone sculpture in the temple. An etymology of Mumba that is popular is ''"Maha Amba,"'' or "Great Mother," one of the many of India's more well-known names for the Hindu Mother Goddess (Devi). Located in [[Bhuleshwar]] area in [[South Mumbai]], the temple is in the heart of the steel and clothing markets. It is a sacred pilgrimage spot and place of worship for Hindus and is thus visited daily by hundreds of people. It is not uncommon for visitors of Mumbai to pay their respects at the temple and is one of the popular tourist destinations in the city.</p>
   
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.1875px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Mumbadevi Temple Maharashtra, Maa Mumbadevi temple is another Sakthi temple situated in Bombay. The name of the city Bombay (now called Mumbai) is derived from Maa Mumbadevi. Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई ['mumbəi]; of Portuguese words and Bom Bahia, meaning "good harbor" .This temple is dedicated to city's patron Goddess Mumbadevi. The temple of Mumbadevi, once stood on the site of the present Victoria Terminus in the central island which was called Mumbai. The temple was built in honour of Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the Koli fishermen believed to be the original inhabitants of Mumbai. The original temple was built in 1737 was demolished and a new temple erected in its place at Bhuleshwar. The nearest station is Marine Lines. Although the Mumbadevi Temple is not as striking as others are in the city, its resident deity, Mumbadevi, is the city's patron Goddess. The structure is about six centuries old, believed to be the handiwork of Mumbaraka, a sadistic giant who frequently plundered the city at the time.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.1875px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Mumbadevi Temple Maharashtra, Maa Mumbadevi temple is another Sakthi temple situated in Bombay. The name of the city Bombay (now called Mumbai) is derived from Maa Mumbadevi. Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई ['mumbəi]; of Portuguese words and Bom Bahia, meaning "good harbor" .This temple is dedicated to city's patron Goddess Mumbadevi. The temple of Mumbadevi, once stood on the site of the present Victoria Terminus in the central island which was called Mumbai. The temple was built in honour of Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the Koli fishermen believed to be the original inhabitants of Mumbai. The original temple was built in 1737 was demolished and a new temple erected in its place at Bhuleshwar. The nearest station is Marine Lines. Although the Mumbadevi Temple is not as striking as others are in the city, its resident deity, Mumbadevi, is the city's patron Goddess. The structure is about six centuries old, believed to be the handiwork of Mumbaraka, a sadistic giant who frequently plundered the city at the time.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.1875px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">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.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.1875px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">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.</p>
 
==Legend==
 
==Legend==
<p style="line-height:19.1875px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">According to a popular legend the structure of the temple is about six centuries old and it is believed be the handiwork of Mumbaraka, a sadistic giant who frequently plundered the city at the time. Terrorized by these unwelcome visits, the locals pleaded with Lord [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahma Brahma] to protect them. Brahma then "pulled out of his own body", an eight armed goddess who vanquished the Mumbaraka. Brought to his knees, Mumbaraka implored the goddess to take his name and built a temple in her honour. She still stands there, an orange-faced goddess on an altar strewn with marigolds: devotees believe that those who seek her divine favour are never disappointed.</p>
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<p style="line-height:19.1875px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">According to a popular legend the structure of the temple is about six centuries old and it is believed be the handiwork of Mumbaraka, a sadistic giant who frequently plundered the city at the time. Terrorized by these unwelcome visits, the locals pleaded with Lord Brahma to protect them. Brahma then "pulled out of his own body", an eight armed goddess who vanquished the Mumbaraka. Brought to his knees, Mumbaraka implored the goddess to take his name and built a temple in her honour. She still stands there, an orange-faced goddess on an altar strewn with marigolds: devotees believe that those who seek her divine favour are never disappointed.</p>
 
==Places to see==
 
==Places to see==
<p style="line-height:19.1875px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The Mumbadevi road is to the right from the northern end of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaveri_Bazaar 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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingam lingams], photographs of deities, incense, saffron and so on. Ochre clad sadhus flit along the street, their foreheads smeared with ash paste and vermilion.</p>
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<p style="line-height:19.1875px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">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. Ochre clad sadhus flit along the street, their foreheads smeared with ash paste and vermilion.</p>
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Mumba Devi Mandir, or Mumba Devi Temple (Gujarati: મુંબાદેવી મંદિર, મુંબઈ , Marathi: मुंबा देवी मंदिर), is an old Hindu temple in the city of Mumbai , dedicated to the goddess Mumbā, the local incarnation of the Devi (Mother Goddess). Marathi Mumbā derives from Sanskrit Mahā-Ambā "Great Mother", and Mumbaī combines the name with , the Marathi for "mother".

While Hindu sects devoted to the goddess Mumbadevi are attested to as far back as the 15th century, it is said

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that the temple was 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. The creek and fort are now deteriorated to a point at which they are but derelict reminders of the city's past. The temple, on the other hand, is still active.

The goddess Mumba was patron of the agri (salt collectors) and kolis (fisherfolk), the original inhabitants of the seven islands of Bombay. She is depicted as a black stone sculpture in the temple. An etymology of Mumba that is popular is "Maha Amba," or "Great Mother," one of the many of India's more well-known names for the Hindu Mother Goddess (Devi). Located in Bhuleshwar area in South Mumbai, the temple is in the heart of the steel and clothing markets. It is a sacred pilgrimage spot and place of worship for Hindus and is thus visited daily by hundreds of people. It is not uncommon for visitors of Mumbai to pay their respects at the temple and is one of the popular tourist destinations in the city.

Mumbadevi Temple Maharashtra, Maa Mumbadevi temple is another Sakthi temple situated in Bombay. The name of the city Bombay (now called Mumbai) is derived from Maa Mumbadevi. Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई ['mumbəi]; of Portuguese words and Bom Bahia, meaning "good harbor" .This temple is dedicated to city's patron Goddess Mumbadevi. The temple of Mumbadevi, once stood on the site of the present Victoria Terminus in the central island which was called Mumbai. The temple was built in honour of Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the Koli fishermen believed to be the original inhabitants of Mumbai. The original temple was built in 1737 was demolished and a new temple erected in its place at Bhuleshwar. The nearest station is Marine Lines. Although the Mumbadevi Temple is not as striking as others are in the city, its resident deity, Mumbadevi, is the city's patron Goddess. The structure is about six centuries old, believed to be the handiwork of Mumbaraka, a sadistic giant who frequently plundered the city at the time.

HistoryEdit

This temple was built in honour of the Goddess Mumba. The Mumbadevi temple is six centuries old. 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. The Goddess personifies Mother Earth and is still worshipped by the descendants of the Dravidian population of western and southern India. The original temple built at the site where the Victoria Terminus station earlier was by Koli fishermen was demolished around 1737 and a new temple was erected in its place at Phansi Talao. The modern shrine contains an image of the Goddess Mumbadevi dressed in a robe with a silver crown, a nose stud and a golden necklace. To the left is a stone figure of Annapurna seated on a peacock. In front of the shrine is a tiger, the carrier of the Goddess.

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.

LegendEdit

According to a popular legend the structure of the temple is about six centuries old and it is believed be the handiwork of Mumbaraka, a sadistic giant who frequently plundered the city at the time. Terrorized by these unwelcome visits, the locals pleaded with Lord Brahma to protect them. Brahma then "pulled out of his own body", an eight armed goddess who vanquished the Mumbaraka. Brought to his knees, Mumbaraka implored the goddess to take his name and built a temple in her honour. She still stands there, an orange-faced goddess on an altar strewn with marigolds: devotees believe that those who seek her divine favour are never disappointed.

Places to seeEdit

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. Ochre clad sadhus flit along the street, their foreheads smeared with ash paste and vermilion.

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