Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Set out on this tour with the goal of learning more about India's and Mumbai's religious activities and places of worship.
You'll visit the ISKCON (International Society of Krishna Conciousness) Temple which is a modern place of worship, spirituality and meditation advocating the teachings of Krishna. It was inaugurated in 1978. It is comprised of a huge sanctum sanctorum, a modern auditorium, a book publishing house, a restaurant, and a twin-towered six-story guest house for visitors. It is counted as one of the most visited temples in Mumbai receiving around 5,000 visitors a day and more than 10,000 on Sundays.
Drive past Dhobi Ghat for a photo stop -- quite an intriguing sight, as it is the point where the river functions as Mumbai's vast open air laundry. From sunrise to just before sunset, thousands of men labor to clean the clothes of city-dwellers.
North of Malabar Hill three temples dedicated to Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kali were totally destroyed. Later, according to legend, the goddess Lakshmi appeared in a dream to a building contractor. She told him to remove the three fallen statues from the seabed and install them in a proper shrine. He acted according to the wishes of the goddess and the Mahalakshmi Temple, in Breach Candy, is now one of the most popular temples in the city. The temple contains images of Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswathi. All three images are adorned with nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces. The image of Mahalakshmi is shown riding a tiger and a demon in a tandem. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of wealth. Babulnath Temple, at the end of Marine Drive and south of Malabar Hill, was built in 1780. A stone image of Shiva is worshipped here.
End your tour with a visit to Mani Bhawan -- Mahatma Gandhi's Bombay base from 1917 to 1934. This building is now a museum and memorial to the famous leader of 'non-violent non-cooperation'. The room in which he slept has remained unchanged and still contains his bed and many of his personal possessions.
Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered (women) and shoes must be removed before you enter the temple(s). Shorts are not allowed. Bring along a pair of thick socks to protect your feet from the hot pavement.