Shri Marubai Devi Prasanna ||
For generations, Hindus
all around the world worship Aadishakti Jagadamba in various forms.
Like Shri. Laxmi the Goddess of Wealth, Shri. Saraswati the Goddess
of Knowledge, Shri. Tripura Sundari the Goddess of Beauty ruling the
Three Worlds, Shri. Durga is the Goddess of Power, the destroyer of
all evils and her other form is none other but our Goddess Shri.
Marubai, the Ashtabhuja Devi.
In the concrete jungle that modern Mumbai, the financial capital of India has today turned out to,
there still exist some landmarks like Matunga’s Shri. Marubai
Gaondevi Mandir, a venerable central place of worship open to all
religious denominations from all walks of life. Nearly for
300 years the
Ashtabhuja Aadimaya Shaktimata Shri. Marubai is being
worshiped as Kuladevata (Family deity) or as Gavdevi (Goddess of the
village). In Maharashtra there are Three and a Half Shakti-Pithas,
Shri. Chaturshringi near Pune, Shri. Bhavanimata, the Kuladevata of
Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Tuljapur, Shri. Mahalaxmi at Kolhapur
and Shri. Renukadevi at Mahur. In Mumbai, the famous forms of
Goddess known to all are Shri. Mumbadevi whose name is given to
Mumbai the city of fortune, Shri. Mahalaxmi, Shri. Prabhadevi, Shri.
Shitaladevi and so on. Shri. Marubai has blessed the area since time
immemorial and has a known history of more than 3 centuries and is
situated at Matunga, known as Marubai Tekdi Gaon in the British era.
Matunga was then a small village and Shri. Marubai, the form of
Goddess Durga was situated on the small hill (tekdi in Marathi
Even though the goddess is a “Swayambhu” (natural
formation of the idol) form of Goddess Durga or the Goddess
Bhavanimata, still she got the name Marubai or Maruaai because she
was the only hope when the village surrounding the hill was stricken
by diseases like Smallpox, etc. Marubai or Maruaai means, “Mother
who protects her children from Death”. When any human being faces
any kind of danger or worry he seeks help of mother. And so the name
Maruaai suits the goddess the protector of mankind.
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Shaktirupena Sansthita
Namastasyay Namo Namah ||