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This is the Mahalaxmi (or Mahalakshmi) Temple, one of the most famous Hindu temples in Bombay (Mumbai).

Wikipedia can't make up its mind whether it was built in 1831 or around 1785, but 1831 seems most likely.

It is not far from Haji Ali's tomb which I showed in my last post, and I went straight from one sanctuary to the other. The weather remained grey and hazy.

This temple made me very disappointed. I quote from my diary:

"I was allowed to enter and drew the immediate conclusion that it was of no interest at all to others than dedicated Hindus and possibly first time foreign visitors who have never before seen a Hindu temple."

In spite of my disappointment with the temple as such I liked the courtyard shown in the main photo. Especially I am happy to have captured an elderly man dressed like the first generation of political leaders of independent India. I am not sure that men dressed this way can be found today.

Recent photos on the net suggest that this temple has been thoroughly restored since 1988. I hardly recognize anything at all.

Two more photos from the temple area can be seen in the WS. They were all scanned from Kodachrome slides.

This is the last post from my journey to India in 1988. I am getting homesick, so from my next post I will stay in my hometown for a while, showing only digital photos.

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