The Prithvi Theatre took me back to the golden era of Bollywood which existed in the 60s and 70s. From there, we headed straight to our next destination which was the Mahalaxmi Temple. It is undoubtedly one of the most well known temples in the city and is situated on something known as Bhulabhai Desai Road. The area is also known as Mahalaxmi after the temple. The name of the central deity of Devi Mahatmyam is known as Mahalaxmi. It came into existence in the year 1831 thanks to the efforts of a Hindu trader known as Dhakji Dadaji.
On reaching the temple, we could easily spot a large number of local residents worshipping the deity. We came to know from some of the local people that it was constructed in 1785 and probably has connections with one building known as Hornby Vellard. There is one legend which believes that the chief engineer of the building Vellard who was also a Pathare Pradbhu had dreamt of the existence of a devi’s statue inside the sea close to Worli after some portions of the wall of the building collapsed twice.
The best thing about the dream was that the statue was really found at the same place after a thorough search was conducted. It is also believed that the construction work related to the vellard could be accomplished successfully after that. On entering the temple, we were spellbound with the three images representing different goddesses like Mahasaraswati, Mahakali and Mahalakshmi.
The three images were decorated extremely well with pearl necklaces, gold bangles and nose rings. We could see that it was the image of Mahalakshmi which was in the middle. The pictures were placed as if they were holding lotus flowers together. There were many stalls in the compound of temple selling various types of paraphernalia such as garlands, pradips, etc which were used by people while worshipping. We came to know that people from different corners of the country die to visit this temple at the time of Navaratri. The locals told us that the view of the temple during that time is simply magnificent.