Story of The Mahalakshmi Temple, Bhulabahi Desai Road, Mumbai
by Akshay Dujodwala
As the story goes, devotees immersed the three idols of the Goddesses Shri Mahalakshmi, Shri Mahakali and Shri Mahasaraswati. into the sea near Worli creek to avoid destruction of the idols by invaders. It was decided to connect the two islands viz. Worli-Malbar Hill creek and the work was entrusted to a certain Shri Ramji Shivji Prabhu, a Govt. Engineer who tried through his other engineers and technicians to link the two islands(creeks). They were not in a position to connect two islands by constructing two ways and could not complete the project on account of sea waves. One night, Mahalakshmi Goddess herself instructed him in a dream and asked him to take out all the idols which were in creek of Worli and place them on top of the hillock. He promised the Goddess that he will take them out from sea/creek and place them in a temple on top of the hillock. Accordingly, team working for construction of connecting of Worli creek and Malbar Hill creek took out all the three idols of goddesses from the Worli creek. Then only he succeeded to connect the said two creeks. After completion of this work, Engineer obtained ground on the hillock as a gift from the then government. He then constructed a Mahalakshmi Temple on the said on top of the hillock by spending Rs.80,000/-. As per the records available this temple was constructed between 1761 A.D.1771 A.D.