History – Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra state and India’s financial and commercial centre and principal port on the Arabian Sea. It is one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the world. Mumbai is located on a site of ancient settlement and took its name from the local goddess Mumba—a form of Parvati, the consort of Siva (Shiva). Bombay has long been the centre of India’s cotton-textile industry, but its other manufacturing industries are now well-diversified and its commercial and financial institutions strong and vigorous.
We can find many Jain temples at Mumbai. Among them the GodiParshwanatha temple in the Pudhuni location is very famous. It is a center of many Jain activities. The original idol of Godi Parshwanatha is not found at this temple. A number of ancient idols of Godi Parshwanatha are present in this temple. Among them the white coloured idol of Godi Parshwanatha in this temple is very famous. This idol was brought from an ancient temple at Hamirpur in Rajasthan. This temple was first constructed in the fort fort region of Mumbai, but during the beginning of the nineteenth century many houses were destroyed by fire in the year 1859 of the vikram era and caused a great loss to the life and money. Hence many Jain families of the fort locality came to settle in the Pydhuni locality. It was, therefore, decided to take this idol of Godiji Parshvanath to another place. In the year 1868 of the vikram era, the present Jain temple was built and the idol of Godi Parshwanatha was installed in the new temple. This temple was recently renovated during the 1990’s. On the tenth day of the bright half of the month of Vaishakh, a flag is raised every years.
How to Reach – Mumbai being one of the important cities of India is being linked by all sorts of transport and communication facilities to the different parts of the world. Transport facilities from the important cities of India like Bangalore, Delhi, Colcutta are available to Mumbai.
Main Deity – White-coloured idol of Bhagawan Godi Parshwanath in the Padmasana posture.