Mumba Devi Temple

About Mumba Devi Temple
Vital Information for Visitors

Mumba Devi Temple, Zaveri Bazar, Bhuleshwar, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Open & Close:

Open on all days except Monday

Visiting Timing:

6:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Entry Fee:



Approx 1-2hrs



Goddess Mumba is the presiding deity of Mumba Devi Temple, located in south Mumbai neighbourhood called Bhuleshwar. The present name of the city Mumbai is derived in the name of Mumba Devi. The city of dreams Mumbai never sleeps. Mumbai has gotten many names over the years. The city, inspiring and motivating in every way, is filled with joy. The fast pace, cultural mix and diverse facets is amusing. Mumba Devi Temple, one of the oldest temples in Mumbai, is visited by hundreds of people everyday as it is a place of worship and pilgrimage for many. ‘Koli’ Fishermen, the early inhabitants of Mumbai worship Mumba Devi as considering their well-wisher guardian. Deity is known as goddess of Power. As per the legend, there was a demon named ‘Mumbarka’ who used to trouble the local people. The demon had the city folks hostage. The people were living with underlying sense of danger in Mumbai. As a last resort, the people reached out to Lord Brahma and described Him about their sorry plight. It is believed that the Lord himself, created an eight armed Goddess, who is known as goddess ‘Mumba’ - for she killed the demon, for which Lord Brahma got her into existence. The temple is a dedication to Goddess Mumba Devi. Since then, she is the patron deity of the Koli fishermen community. The Goddess, the guardian angel of the fishermen, is identified as a form of Shakti. It is also said that Bombay, now Mumbai, has taken its name after the Goddess Mumba. It’s her greatness that is remembered, and adored with admiration and devotion.

Mumba Devi Temple, located in the midst of Zaveri Bazaar, was first built in 1675 in Bori Bunder, now called the ‘Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus’. It was destroyed by the Muslim invaders and was reconstructed again in Zaveri Bazar in 1737. On occasions of celebration, the street fills up with the devotees, singing and rejoicing - doing the Aarti and celebrating the greatness of the Devi. The temple is also surrounded by many flower shops as people like to buy flowers in offering to the Goddess. These shops are opened as according to the timings of temple i.e. during mornings and evenings. A round of prayer, also called the ‘aarti’, takes place every morning and evening, except on Monday, when the temple remains shut. The festival of Navratri is celebrated in magnificent and cultural way and temple gets decorated during the nine days.

The structure of the Mumba Devi Temple is a marvelous sight. Inside the holy sanctum, appears ‘Mumba Devi’, divinely and beautifully decorated in rich clothes and silver and gold. The depiction of the deity is in a black statue. The statue is decorated with ornaments like silver crown on its head and a golden necklace in neck and a nose stud in its nose. The unique thing about this statue deity is that it has no mouth, it is said that this symbolizes earth. The idol is on an altar, decked with marigold flowers. Within the temple there are also figures of Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesha along with a stone idol of ‘Annapurna’ seated on a gorgeous peacock. On the side, there is a sculpture of a fierce, strong and powerful tiger, the carrier of the Goddess. The tiger’s power is in resemblance to that of Goddess Mumba Devi, for she is also known as the Goddess of Power.

As temple is situated in the crowd area it is advised to visit the temple during it will be more peaceful. Nearby attraction to the temple are Steel and cloth markets of Mumbai. One can go to Chowpatty beach which is located at the northern end of Marine Drive.

Temple can be reached by boarding on local train or bus. The nearest stations are Charni Road station and Church gate station. One can go by hiring cab or auto too.

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