There is a plethora of temples in Mumbai, drawing from the cultures of various parts of India. Temples are a space where one can reach inner peace, whether it is through God or not. For an experience you won’t forget, have a look at this list of 11 famous temples in Mumbai.
1. Iskcon, Girgaum
What better way to find inner peace and spiritual fulfilment than in one of the best temples located in Juhu. The environment is enought to render an aura of serenity, but to add to that, a retreat into the sanctum of Lord Krishna is truly an experience one cannot miss. The pristine marble floors and intricate architecture, and stunning idols are all wonderful sights to behold. The multipurpose hall is a space that hosts a wide variety of religious performances, such as music, dance, and drama. Delicious vegetarian cuisine is available at the Govinda restaurant, at very reasonable prices.
2. Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi
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Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai is one of those landmarks even newbies to the city will instantly recognise. Part of the credit goes to the mythological legends associated with the temple. What also contributes to its fame is the fact that is one of the stops on Mumbai Darshan. The temple has seen its popularity grow multifold in the last 30 years or so, and not without reason.
3. Mahalakshmi Temple, Mahalaxmi
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The Mahalakshmi temple dedicated to three Hindu deities- Goddess Durga, Goddess Laxmi and Goddess Saraswati, dates back to the year 1831. Open from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM, the temple welcomes its devotees throughout the day. The Mahalakshmi Temple is located on Bhulabhai Desai Road to the north of the Malabar Hills and is less than a kilometer away from Mahalakshmi station. The beauty of the temple lies in its close proximity to the sea-shore apart from the unique domestic architecture, it possesses.
4. Mumbadevi Temple, Fort
Mumbadevi Temple is yet another Shakti temple located on Bhuleshwar Road in South Mumbai and is dedicated to Goddess Mumbadevi. The temple is open on all days except Mondays and the temple derives its name from the city itself. Goddess Mumbadevi, considered as the guardian by the Koli fishermen; the temple is an 18th-century heritage and popular tourist attraction in the city.
5. Walkeshwar Temple, Malabar Hill
This historically significant Shiva temple has a fascinating mythology attached to it. Located near the Bangana tank, an ancient construction, the refreshing water body will soothe your soul.
Don’t miss:The melodious musicians at the Hindustani Classical Music festivals that happen here every year.
Pro-tip:This temple is generally only crowded once a month, on the day of the full moon.
6. Babulnath Temple, Malabar Hill
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An ancient Shiva temple located on a small hillock adjacent to the famous Girgaon Chowpatty, Babulnath Temple is a 15-minute ride from Marine Lines station. The temple is open from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM throughout the week. As per Hindu culture, Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva, hence, the temple is open longer on this day.
7. Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Fort
This beautiful and ornate temple is the oldest of its kind in Mumbai. It houses a number of idols so that you can get a darshan of a lot of the gods and goddesses of Hinduism, all in one place.
Don’t miss:The beautiful phool galli below the temple, where you can buy a variety of fresh flowers.
Pro tip:We would not recommend you stay at the guest house they provide
8. Mini Sabarimala Shree Ayyappa Temple, Bhandup
This temple still stands tall besides the ruins of other shrines, which were attacked by foreign invaders. They display true devotion through their communal gatherings and social services for the needy.
Darshan timings are from 4:30 am to 11:00 am and 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Don’t miss:The beautiful stream and scenic wonder of Kanjurmarg while you’re at this temple.
Pro tip:This is a great starting point for a Shirdi Sai Baba tour.
9. Mata Vaishnodevi Temple, Malad East
Nearly every religious family has visited the magnificent Mata Vaishnodevi temple in Jammu and Kashmir. If you want a divine experience or just seek personal growth, the Vaishnodevi temple in Malad is a well-made and beautiful replica of its counterpart in Jammu.
Don’t miss:Spotting the carefully designed idol as it is made nearly exactly as the original Vaishno Devi.
Pro tip:Much alike the original temple, you will have to walk through artificially made caves and streams to get to the inner sanctum! So make sure you are ready for a bit of a hike.
10. Jain Temple, Malabar Hill
For a glimpse of the spectacular vision of a Jain temple, this marvelous construction on Malabar Hill is definitely worth visiting. A colourful and vibrant place, you won’t regret coming to this underrated venue.
Don’t miss:The stunning sculptures that adorn the walls of this temple.
Pro tip:Preferably take a guide along so you can learn more about the legend and history of the temple. There’s a lot to learn!
11. Balaji Temple, Nerul
This temple in Nerul is built with likeness to the acclaimed Venkateshwara temple in Tirupati. It certainly retains the original splendour and grandeur, and is located on a small hillock, surrounded by the calming allure of nature.
Don’t miss:The other smaller temples close to it, which will add to your spiritual experience.
Pro tip:Since the temple is close to the Nerul station, it is preferable to use public transport to get here.