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Our Lady of Salvation Church, popularly known as the Portuguese Church, has been around since 1596 and is located at Dadar. Built by the Portuguese as "O Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Salvacao", the old structure was demolished and rebuit in the 1980s. It was later redesigned by the famous architect Charles Correa. The church has a unique design where the pillars that support the structure are not visible to the naked eye. This is indeed one of the few historic symbols in India.
A place of worship for the Buddhists, the Buddhist Temple in Mumbai is the only such place. Open to all, this religious site is one of the few Buddhist Temples in the country. The temple is open all day and all night throughout the week and witnesses a huge crowd on Buddha Purnima - Vesak every year. Replicating the enlightening experience of Lord Buddha, the place offers complete calm in the midst of the hustle bustle of the city.
Vitthal Mandir in Wadala is one of the oldest temples in Mumbai and dates back to 400 years. All those who are unable to visit Pandharpur flock here to worship their deity on Ekadashis. The idol in the temple is very beautiful and is always decorated with beautiful clothes, gold jewelry and flowers. People come from far off corners of the city just for a glimpse of Lord Vitthal.
Shitala Devi Temple is a temple in Mahim, Mumbai . It is a beautiful temple dedicated to Shitala Mata (Goddess). Thousands of local devotees come here on Tuesdays and offer their prayers, flowers and sweets. The Shitala Devi Temple witnesses hordes of devotees during Navaratri, a festival dedicated to the goddesses of Hindu religion.
The Mahim Dargah or Mosque was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah of Gujarat in 1431 at the burial site of Makhtum Fakir Ali Paru, a Sufi saint who was the Qazi of Mahim. Also known as Makhdoom Ali Mahimi, he was born in an Arab family which settled in Mahim. The Sufi saint and his shrine is revered by both Hindus and Muslims. There is a 10 day Urs festival in December which draws a large number of pilgrims. Interestingly Makhdoom Ali Mahimi is also the patron saint of the Mumbai Police.
A beautiful structure built to consolidate the presence of the Salesians of Don Bosco in the city, the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna is a church located in Matunga East. The construction of the church started in 1954, and was declared open in 1957. Since then the church has been a prominent religious shelter for the local community, and hosts various programs designed to bring the community together. See the website or call to know more.
St. Michael's Church is the oldest catholic church in Mumbai. It was built in the early 16th century on one of the original seven islands that now form Mumbai. St. Michael's Church is close to Mahim Fort and Mahim Dargah and is exquisitely decorated during Christmas which is the best time to visit. The church conducts Novenas on Wednesdays which are very popular. St. Michael's contributes to the rich diversity of Christianity in Mumbai.
This grand basilica had its origins as a small chapel, Nossa Senhora de Monte, built by the Portuguese on a small hillock in Bandra in 1640. It is a Roman Catholic church and is called Math Mauli by the locals. Some historians believe it was destroyed by the Marathas in 1738 and rebuilt in 1761. This church was renovated in 1904 to its present form as a part of the golden jubilee celebration of the Declaration of Immaculate Conception of 1854. Virgin Mary's birth anniversary is celebrated during the Mount Mary Festival and Bandra Fair, a week long fair in September.