Mumbai city, India's urban metropolis housing the nation's industrial and financial powerhouses is also the country's entertainment capital. Ironically, there is no dearth of religious places in Mumbai. It is interesting to note that urban metropolis, formerly identified by the name Bombay was renamed Mumbai to pay tribute to the local deity Mumba Devi.
The Hindu populace of Mumbai worships the legendary Mumba Devi, resplendent in orange sindoor and enshrined in the Bhuleswar Temple and her several manifestations. Saraswati, the erudite Goddess of learning, Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, Ma Durga, the supreme Goddess of War and Bacchur Ma, the Goddess of virility are some of the eminent worshipped by the city. The primordial Banganga tank, visited by Lord Rama on his way to Lanka is also an eminent pilgrimage site.
Mumbai city also houses the venerable Jama Masjid, a primordial mosque built in the year 1770. The serenity of the mosque is at odds with the chaotic city, an oasis of idyllic peace. The resonant echoes of the azaan offered by the pious Muslims at dusk can be heard for miles and adds to the harmony of the place. There is also a Jain Temple on Malabar Hill replete with colorful frescoes of celestial beauty.
Last Updated on October 29, 2015