Goddess Mahalakshmi Prasadam is considered “karma-free” food since it is sanctified by the Lord. Prasadam is prepared and offered to satisfy the Lord and not to satisfy our senses. We purify ourselves by remembering that the Lord supplies us everything and that we should aim to please Him instead of ourselves. In preparing and eating prasadam, we thank the Lord for everything He has done for us and we pray that we will always remember Him.
Prasadam should be distributed to as many people as possible. This sanctified food ignites a spiritual spark in the soul which will eventually reawakens one’s dormant love for the Lord. Vedic literature references many historical incidents where people have had the good fortune of partaking of prasadam, sometimes even by accident, and have had their lives made perfect as a result. It is believed that anyone who regularly partakes of it, will at the very least return as a human being in their next life.
Mahalaxmi Temple is one amongst the oldest shrines of Mumbai. The temple is particularly dedicated to Mahalaxmi, who is the Goddess of wealth as per the Hindu mythology. A flight of steps takes to the shrine of the Goddess. The main shrine comprises the images of Goddess Mahalaxmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati. The idols of the three Goddesses have been molded in gold. The idol of Mahalaxmi, shown riding a tiger and a demon (Mahishasur), is the best of all.
Every idol is bejeweled with nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces. The celestial appearance of these images, enhance the spiritual aura of the temple. It is regarded that the Goddess fulfills all the wishes of her true devotees. People with their firm conviction, come to the holy shrine of Mahalaxmi, to seek blessings from the Goddess.
Location: Breach Candy, Mumbai
Built in: 1785
Dedicated to: Goddess Lakshmi
Contains: Dry Prasadam, Vibhuti along with a photo of the temple/Mahalaxmi will be sent.