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This temple has been built to appease the goddess of wealth, Laxmi. Legend has it that an Indian contractor who was supposed to build a sea wall joining Malabar Hill and Worli at the end of the 18th century for the British, claimed that the goddess appeared in his dreams and asked him to build this temple at this site. Surprise suprise...a small statue of the goddess was unearthed from the ground, and so the area was declared a holy site. And this is where the contractor built his temple, which today is called the Mahalaxmi Temple. Believers come from all over the country to pay their respects here.
Nehru Planetarium is the city's premier science institution. Other than just being a planetarium, the center is also home to lectures on scientific and social science subjects, art exhibitions, music and drama performances. Special arrangements can be made to watch, study and photograph lunar and solar eclipses. The always playing 'Discovery of India' exhibition covers the artistic, cultural and intellectual achievements in India through the ages. Only cash accepted.
This is heaven for all brides-to-be and shopping addicts. Boutiques on August Kranti Marg stock the latest designer wear of national and international repute. Several department stores like Amarsons, Benzer, In Style, Beautiful Boulevard, Vama and Westside are situated in this area. There are also many smaller shops for exclusive products. Carry a load of cash when you come this side! You will also find numerous jewelry showrooms on Hughes Road. A complete contrast to this glitz and glam is the humble Gandhi Museum, down the road at Gamdevi. You sure won't run in to as many tourists, and even fewer shopping addicts.
The Tiphereth Israel Synagogue, as it stands today, was consecrated in the year 1923. However, prior to that it was a little prayer hall and was given the current name only in 1896. A few Jewish men including Late Mr. Aaron Benjamin Kandlekar collected funds to build the synagogue, and hence it came to be widely known as 'Kandlekaranchi Mashid' (Kandlekar's Synagogue) in the local Marathi language. The synagogue provides education to needy children and works towards the upliftment of the poor.
August Kranti Maidan is associated with India's freedom movement. It is here that Mahatma Gandhi told the British to 'Quit India' on 8th August 1942. Formerly the maidan (or open ground) was also known as Gowalia Tank, because cows used to be bathed at the tank. Today the tank has disappeared and a small garden and a memorial has come up at the site. Mani Bhavan, a small pre-independence house, turned into Gandhi Memorial is another attraction nearby.
This temple is situated at the end of Marine Drive and south of Malabar Hill. It is nearly 1,000 feet above sea level, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The temple was built in 1780 and is one of the most spacious temples in the city. Millions of devotees travel from all over to visit this place. The ambiance around the temple is perennially festive, especially on Mondays, which is the main day of worship.
Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple or ISKCON Chowpatty as it is more popularly known was built in the late 1980s and has gone through a series of renovation over the years to get its present look. This handsome structure with its delicate sandstone carved facade, teak wood and marble accents, and elegant light fixtures in the inside give it a serene ambiance. It also features an auditorium and a guest house.
Church of Our Lady of Glory or Gloria Church was built by the Portuguese in 1590 in Mazagaon. It is not a miracle that the church now stands in Byculla. The building was pulled down to build a railway track and another church was built in Byculla to take its place. This is one of the oldest Catholic churches of Mumbai and part of its Portuguese heritage. The church is part of the Antonio D'Souza High School complex. Gloria Church can be easily reached from Byculla Station. Veermata Jijabai Udyan or Rani Baug is a stone's throw from this church.