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Temples of Worli Village

 

Chede Dev Temple

The temple situated at the border of the Worli Village is well-known and protects the inhabitants of the village. The idol made of stone is covered with Vermillion Sindoor (shendur - local language) and is requested for response or message as given by an oracle (known in local language as kaul lavane). As common in Hindu temples across India, coconut (shrifal in local language) is offered and those who wish to travel long distances seek the blessings by prostrating before the idol. Offering of coconuts is also performed before the commencement of auspicious functions and pilgrimages.

Maruti Temple

This temple was established on the 18th April 1954 by the Narayan Bhajan Mandal . The idol has been carved out of a single marble stone and as expressed by Gnyaneshwar Maharaj ( a well-known saint of Maharashtra) in one of his shlokas. The idol has by its base the Saturn planet (Shani). The idol is bought by means of a chariot amidst a lot of festivities and pran pratisthapan is carried out which literally means pouring life into an idol by performing certain prescribed rituals. Hanuman Jayanti celebrations form a part of the yearly celebrations which involve singing devotional songs known as bhajans and kirtans.

 

 

Paapvimochaneshwar Temple - 

 

A temple built by the efforts of the villagers in the year 1904 on the 18th August recently completed 108 years and has witnessed many auspicious celebrations like -

 

1. Haldi Kumkum ( a social gathering where married women exchangeTurmeric and Vermillion )

2. Mahashivratri ( festival dedicated to Lord Shiva )

3. Tukaram Maharaj Vijotsav ( a great saint of Maharashtra )

4. Gudi Padva ( New Year )

5. Shivram buva Punyatithi ( punyatithi - a day a deceased person who had made good deeds in life is remembered )

6. Hanuman Jayanti ( a Hindu deity, an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, loved by all and specially worshipped by those who are devoted to bodybuilding )

7. Shravan Saptaaha (month of shravan)

8. Naagpanchami(the day this temple was built, its birthday! )

9. Kabir Maharaj Punyatithi ( a poet and a great saint)

10. Krishna Janamashtami and Gopalkala ( dedicated to Lord Krishna )

11. Ganesh Utsav ( dedicated to Lord Ganesha )

12. Navaratri ( dedicated to Godess Durga and her nine Avatars )

13. Kojagiri Pournima ( dedicated to the Moon, related to harvest and agriculture )

14. Diwali ( victory of Lord Rama over the evil )

15. Vaikuntha chaturdasi ( sacred day relating to Lord Vishnu and Shiva )

16. TripurariPournima Utsav ( related to full moon day also called Deva-Diwali )

 

Of these celebrations, Mahashivaratri and Shravan are immensely popular and brings together the entire village. On 22nd March 1908, a devotee had dedicated a ;Nagara; (dhol/drum) which is 104 years old. Even today the drum is played to accompany the morning and evening poojas that are performed with a lot of devotion.

 

Lord Jesus and Mother Mary

 

At the base of the fort, on the 21st of May 1954, this place of worship had been built. It is 56 years old andthe idols have been carved out of marble stone. Celebrations are carried out on 3rd May every year and include processions which start from the bus stop and proceed towards the fort.

 

 

Vetal Dev Temple 

 

Towards the northern part of the village, near the vast ocean is the Vetal Temple.

Panyatla Vetal and  Aagyacha Vetal with rakshak sthambas (pillars) and shivanandi can be found here. The idols made of solid stone and covered with vermillion (shendur) and are worshipped by all the devotees. Here devotees request for response or message as given by an oracle (known in local language as kaul lavane) thus asking for divine help. Narali Pournima and Poush Pournima are special ocassions when the flag hoisting is carried out. When fishermen venture out in the deep seas to earning their livelihood they seek the blessings of Vetal Dev both before and after fishing. Morning and evening prayers are performed by the group appointed by the villagers and is managed by the local inhabitants. The temple has been renovated in recent times.

 

Peer Dargah

 

There are two graves here and they have are garlanded with flowers by their devotees. All religions are considered as equal and devotees belonging to every religion visit this dargah.

The word ;Peer; is said to be actually word ;Veer; which may have been mispelt or mispronounced. Sandel ( a kind of  procession ) is carried out during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations throughout the village and returns to the Dargah. The sandel starts when the village in-charge called ;Patil; is present at the auspicious holy occassion.

 

Golfadevi Temple 

 

This is the GramaDevata also known as the guardian deity of the village. Without the affirmation and willingness conveyed to the devotees by the GramDevata (request for response or message known in local language as ;kaul lavane;) no auspicious task whether personal or community related is carried out. The vast Arabian sea is on the western side.

The temple based on a tall hill, built in the 12th century when Mahim was the capital of a king, Bimbaraja. He was an ardent devotee of the Goddess. The temple has three beautiful idols of GolfaDevi, HarnaDevi and SakbaDevi carved out of stone. Every year on the occassion of ChaitraShudha Ashtami, Navaratri Utsav and Poush Pournima grand celebrations are carried out. At that time the devotees come from the Panchakroshi and make offerings. Every morning and evening pooja is carried out by the appointed poojaris. Renovation work is being carried out for which the stones are being brought from Tamil Nadu-Mangalore-Karnataka and are worth about Rs 2 crores.

 

Later as the festivals became popular, small temples were built in this region like - 

1. Sai Mandir near the fort

2. Datta Mandir (Damodar Seva Mandal)

3. Santoshi Mata (Akshay Prakash Sangh)

4. Bhai MAndir ( Suryakant Koli)

5. Mahadev Mandir (Sunil Murkar)

6. Ganapati Mandir (Valmiki Chowk)

7. Pam Mandir (ShriRam Gully)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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