During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, relations between the Portuguese and Hindus were grim, at best. However, there came a time when peace prevailed between the communities and they started to co-operate with each other. This resulted in a time of peace. To show their gratefulness, the Hindus built the Shri Mahalaxmi Temple.
Upon approaching the Bandora Mahalaxmi temple, the first thing that you notice is the modern temple structure. The entrances of the temple are beautifully-decorated with elephant sculptures. Inside the walls, the temple contains numerous paintings and engravings of Lord Hanuman, Lord Garuda, and Lord Ganesha.
While walking into the extreme interiors of the temple, you will find yourself within the original abode of the Shakti goddess. Inside this, lies the granite idol of Mahalaxmi, her four arms widely stretched out. Each of her hands contains a sickle, a dagger, and a vessel containing prasad and flowers. The temple also contains an idol made out of panchaloha.
The best time when you can visit the Shri Mahalaxmi Temple is during Navaratri when the city brings out its pomp and grandeur. A must visit temple surely if you are a religious minded & devoted person & so it is even if you are not.