#MumbaiList: Visit Ancient Shiv Temples In And Around Mumbai This Mahashivratri

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Ambarnath temple

As India celebrates Mahashivratri on 10th of March, 2013, we list some of the Shiv temples in and around Mumbai which are not just beautiful, but also have a unique history.

Babulnath temple
Babulnath temple

Babulnath Temple
Perhaps the most famous Shiv temple in Mumbai, Babulnath temple is located near Marine Lines. It’s on a small hill which seems almost negligible now, considering the height of towers surrounding the temple. This was originally built in 12th century by Raja Bhimdev but then it was buried and lost over the time. The idols were found again and temple was rebuilt in the year 1780.
Get There: The nearest station is Charni Road and you have to walk down the Babulnath road.

Walkeshwar temple
Walkeshwar temple image- Omkar Padwal

Walkeshwar Temple
Located in an upmarket Malabar Hill vicinity, this temple is seeped in tranquility and surrounded by centuries old Banganga tank and some new high-rises. As the legend goes, Ram and Laxman took shelter here on their way to Lanka and Ram created a Shivaling using sand (called Waalu in Marathi) for worship. Thus, it got the name Walkeshwar. Later when Ram was thirsty and there was no fresh water around, Laxman shot an arrow (baan) in the ground and from their a stream of fresh water erupted. Hence, the tank was named Banganga. This temple was originally built in 1127 AD but destroyed by Portuguese in 16th century; only to be rebuilt by Rama Kamath in the year 1715.
Get there: Nearest station is Grant Road and you need to take bus or taxi from there.

Ambarnath temple
Ambarnath temple

Ambarnath Temple
Ambarnath literally means Lord of Sky. This temple is said to be carved by Pandavas overnight out of a single rock! Though there are no records supporting this, other records say it was built by King Chittaraja of Shilahara dynasty. The style of this temple is Hemadpanthi,(named after a minister in Devgiri regime who was patron of temple architecture) which is common in most of the ancient temples in Maharashtra. We have to climb down 20 steps to reach garbhariha (Sanctum sanctorum) where shivaling is placed.
Get there: It is close to Ambarnath station on Central Railway line.

Kankeshwar temple
Kankeshwar temple

Kankeshwar Temple
If you wish to seek divinity amidst nature, you should definitely visit Kankeshwar temple in Alibaug, Konkan. This temple is located up the hill in the serene atmosphere. The best (or worst) part is you can take your vehicles only till the foothill, then you need to climb around 750 steps to reach the intricately carved stone temple, which is supposed to be built by Pandavas (again!). There are many small temples around the main Shiv temple. Accommodation is available at a very low cost near the temple.
Get there: Once you reach Alibaug by road or by ferry, you can take a bus or an autorickshaw to Mapgaon.

Shri Dev Rameshwar Temple
Shri Dev Rameshwar Temple

Shri Dev Rameshwar Temple
Once in Alibaug, you can also visit this beautiful temple in Chowl, a calm sleepy village around 15 kms to the south of Alibaug. The tiny Chowl village has around 350 temples altogether! the temple has large tank and deepmaal in front of it like most of the temples in Konkan or Goa have. There are other three tanks named Parjanya Kund, Agni Kund, and Vayu Kund symbolising water, fire and wind elements of nature. Accommodation is available near Revdanda beach.
Get there: After reaching Alibaug, you can take ST bus or six-seater autorickshaws to Chowl or Revdanda. The temple is easy to locate.

Siddheshwar Temple
Another tranquil Shiv temple near Alibaug, Siddheshwar temple is situated near Sagargad Fort so you can also plan a trek while you visit this temple. Once you reach Alibaug, you have to head to Khandale village which is about 5-10 minutes drive from Alibaug town. From there, you need to walk for approximately 2 hours to reach this temple. Because it is very old and difficult to access, the beauty and peace is still maintained. If you walk further and reach Sagargad Fort, you can see beautiful panorama of the Alibaug coast line.
Get there: Reach Khandale by auto or bus from Alibaug and then walk till the temple.

Bhimashankar temple
Bhimashankar temple

Bhimashankar Temple
Bhimashankar is one of the three jyotirlingas in Maharashtra and twelve in other parts of India. It is located in dense forest in ghats of Sahyadri in Pune district. This place is origin of the river Bhima. This temple is built in Nagara style and you can find unique Roman styled bell in front of the temple which was presented by Chimaji Appa, the younger brother of Bajirao Peshwa. Bhimashankar is around 200 kms from Mumbai, but if you are planning a trek, you can take a small road from Karjat. Food and accommodation is usually arranged by local priests and there are dharmshalas also. There are hotels and tents at Shinoli or Ghodegaon. If you happen to go there during monsoons, its a paradise full of birds, insects, various flowers and shrubs.
Get there: From Pune, take the Pune-Nasik highway and turn off at the road leading to Bhimashankar. The mountain road is quite a steep climb. It is about 160 kms from Pune.

Trimbakeshwar temple
Trimbakeshwar temple

Trimbakeshwar Temple
Trimbakeshwar is located 28 kms away from Nashik city. Its is one of the twelve  jyotirlingas of lord Shiv. This temple is located at the source of river Godavari and was built by Nanasaheb Peshwe. The unique feature of the shivling here is that its has three faces symbolising Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh in shallow pit unlike the other places which have one Shiv ling on the top. Temple priests arrange food and lodging here as well as there are many hotels around the temple.
Get there: Mumbai to Trimbakeshwar distance is 180 kms. If you plan to go buy train, nearest station is Nashik which is 28 kms away from Trimbakeshwar.

Update: Addition to the list on the recommendation of our reader Sandeepa Khale on Facebook

Someshwar Temple, Satara
Someshwar Temple, Satara Image by Abhijit Rahadhyaksha

Someshwar Temple
This temple in Sangam Mahuli, Satara is managed by Royal family of Satara. Someshwar temple is built in black stone and has teakwood columns. It is surrounded by stone wall. Near the temple, there’s a stone structure and you can go up the terrace using staircase. It offers a panoramic view of Krishna River. This temple was originally built by Rajmata Sagunabaisaheb, queen of Chatrapati Shahajiraje Bhosale in 1874. The temple is renovated now and coloured in cream white. For accommodation, there are hotels around Wai.
Get there: Nearest railway station is Satara and Sangam Mahuli is just 5 kms away from it.

Kashi Vishweshwar Temple, image by Abhijit Rajadhyaksha
Kashi Vishweshwar Temple, image by Abhijit Rajadhyaksha

Kashi Vishweshwar Temple
Kashi Vishweshwar is another Shiv temple in Sangam Mahuli. This stone carved temple built in 1735 is situated among group of other temples of Ganesh, Raam and Vithoba. Kashi Vishweshwar temple was built by Shripatrao Pant Pratinidhi, a minister in court of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. The stone ceiling is supported by alternate round, octagonal and square columns of short length fixed on short walls. The walls in the passageway have idols of Ganesh and Parvati.
Get there: Nearest railway station is Satara and Sangam Mahuli is just 5 kms away from it.

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  • Mahesh Sahu

    Good compilations of shiva temple. May lord shiva bless you

  • indian worship

    Om namahsivaya, book Maha Mrityunjaya jaap puja for sivaratri