Babulnath Temple, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Babulnath Temple is one of the oldest temples located in the heart of Mumbai City, Maharashtra and   dedicated to omnipotent Shiva, residing the temple in the form of a Babul tree. The six hundred years old temple is situated at an elevation of more than 1000 feet, on the tip of South Malabar Hill and over looked by Arabian Sea. Enormous tourists often visit the venerated temple in order to see the sacred Shiva Linga and seek his grace. During the Mahashivratri numerous Worshippers and devotees of Shiva flock down the premises of the temple and indulge themselves in bathing the Shiva Linga.

The Babulnath Temple is believed to be originally constructed during 12th century. Some ancient manuscripts suggested that the founder was Raja Bhimdev. The temple was lost for a long time as apocalypse caused it buried inside the ground and during the period of 1700 AD to1790 AD the temple along with five idols were excavated. These are Shiva Linga, Hanuman, Paevati , Ganesh and fifth one found broken during the time of excavation. Construction cost of the main temple or Babulnath Temple was patronized by Hindu merchants predominantly Gujarati community who had the lion’s share of the temple. Inscriptions carved on its wall suggesting that architecture of the temple can be dated back to 18th century and until the year 1960 when a devastating lighting struck and damaged it significantly, was considered as one of the tallest structures erected in Mumbai city.  Some limited references and ancient manuscripts (read Shiva Puran) suggesting the myth behind the sacred temple -once there lived a rich goldsmith named Pandurang in Malabar Hill and also the owner of larger part of the region there. The region was predominantly used for grazing his cattle. One day his shepherd Babul discovered that one of his cows did not give a single drop of milk for a long time though it was healthy enough to produce plenty of milk. When Pandurang asked him the reason Babul narrated his master an amazing fact. The shepherd recited that for a long time the cow did not give milk because she allowed her all milk to pour a particular place in the form anointing. Bemused Pandurang went to the place with disbelief and to his utter surprise he discovered the same was told by the shepherd. Then he himself started excavating the place where the cow pouring milk and was mesmerized when he unearthed a Swayambhu or a self-existing Shivling engraved in black stone. Since then it has been worshiped by enormous devotees. Every Monday people thronging the temple and pour milk on the Shiv Linga as per the existing rituals and creeds and seek the blessing. During Mahashivratri –a festival associates with Shiva plenty of worshippers congregate the temple to celebrate it.

The temple is well connected and can be accessed through the roads and rails. Grand Road is the nearest station and from there one pick available public transports including buses and taxis etc.