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Afghan Church
At the southern tip of Mumbai, Afghan Church stands in a quiet army cantonment, an imposing basalt edifice with a lofty limestone spire that can be seen several miles away. This is the church of St John the Evangelist, consecrated in 1858 to "honour those who fell by sickness and sword" in the conquest of Sind and Afghanistan. Thus it came to be known as Afghan Church, and in the old days had a sizeable flock of British officers who turned up for the Sunday sermon. Today, the church is badly in need of restoration, but a straggling group of devout Indian parishioners remains, and at Christmas, the lovely old rafters still quiver to the lilting melody of carols.

Babulnath Temple
This temple is situated at the end of Marine Drive and south of Malabar Hill. It was built in 1780. In 1900, a tall spire was added to the original temple. A stone Lingam of Shiva is worshipped at Babulnath. The main day for worship is Monday.
Nearest Station is Marine Lines (Western Railway).

Haji Ali Shrin (Dargah)
Further along the seashore, at the end of a long pathway surrounded by seawater is the shrine dedicated to Haji Ali, a Muslim saint. Access is only at low tide via the pathway.

Jain Temple
The Jain Temple on Malabar Hill is opulent, but poorly maintained, thanks, probably, to a spiritual philosophy that disregards material things. Inside, frescoes depict various events in the lives of the 24 Jain apostles or Tirthankaras; upstairs, a black marble shrine is beautifully decorated with celestial personifications of the planets, painted onto the ceiling. The place is usually filled with worshippers, mostly Jain stockbrokers who walk barefoot to the temple every morning, and white-robed monks who have renounced everything save for their begging bowls. If you can spare the time, this is an interesting peep into the austere spiritual tradition of India.

Ja'ma Masjid
A hop across from Crawford Market brings you to Juma Masjid, a small, quiet mosque with a cluster of white domes. It rises from the mossy green water of a tank, supported by slender white arches, and is fashioned almost entirely in marble, right down to the exquisite inlaid floors and chiseled balconies. The mosque was built in 1770 and is considered extremely sacred by Mumbai's Muslim community. On Fridays, when namaaz is offered in the prayer hall, thousands of worshippers spill onto the neighbouring streets to pray, but on most days this is a tranquil oasis in the chaotic commerce of Mumbai's market district.

Mumba Devi Temple
Mumba Devi Temple is the most talked of shrine of Mumbai. It is sited at Bhuleshwar, in the southern part of the Commercial Capital of India. It is dedicated to Goddess Mumba, who is considered as the patron deity of Koli fishermen - the first inhabitants of Bombay.

Mahalaxmi Temple
The Mahalaxmi Temple is a popular holy site as Mahalaxmi is the goddess of wealth. It is situated at one end of Breach Candy - a trendy residential and shopping area, now known as B. Desai Road.

Siddhivinayak Temple
Located in the Prabha Devi area of Mumbai, this popular temple dedicated to Ganesh was rebuilt on the site of a 200-year old temple. Built of black stone, the idol of Ganesh is two and a half feet in height and two feet in width. An unusual feature of the statue is that the trunk turns to the right, not often found on Ganesh idols. Tuesday is the main day of darshan and puja, but this temple is frequented by hundreds of devotees everyday. Click here for more details.

Mount Mary Church
Mount Mary Church is considered to be the oldest in Mumbai city of India. It is situated in the West Bandra, past Hill Road, and was built initially around 1640. There are many beliefs connected with the destruction of the church, which was finally rebuilt in 1761.

ISKCON Temple of Mumbai, dedicated to Lord Krishna, is one of the forty ISKCON temples across India. Built by the ISKCON Foundation, the elevated spire of this temple dominates the skyline of Juhu in Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay).

St. Thomas Cathedral
A beautiful structure that boasts of being the first Anglican Church in Mumbai. Indeed, the church affirms the moral roots of the budding British settlement in the Financial Hub of India. Built in 1718, St Thomas Cathedral is to be found near Flora Fountain at D.N. Road.

St. Michael's Church
St. Michael's Church is amongst the oldest Catholic Churches in Mumbai. Seeing the sway of two major colonial powers - the British and the Portuguese, churches were constructed throughout the country. Sited in the Upper Mahim area of Mumbai, Saint Michael Church heralds the foundation of Christianity in India.

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