Babulath Temple



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The temple of majestic Babulnath is located in the very heart of Mumbai City, at nearly 1000 feet above sea level which is over looking the Arabian Sea which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In a city like Mumbai, one would be surprised to feel peace and tranquility at Babulnath - a place where Almighty resides.

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According to the Legend it is said that about two centuries ago, the southeast portion of the hilly terrain known as the Malabar Hill, where the deity Lord Babulnath's ancient temple is situated, belonged to one Pandurang, a rich goldsmith.His cattle were grazing around. Being grazing land here, there was nothing to be taken care of by Babul, the caretaker of Pandurang's cattle stock.

Babulath Temple History
Then later once it was noticed that a cow named Kapila stopped giving milk. On enquiry, Babul reported that the very cow, before coming home reaches a point and suo-moto then puts out all her milk. Babul was not able to explain the logic behind this, but had made Pandurang inquisitive.

The very next day, Panduranga had seen the scene again and he was overwhelmed when the said cow, Kapila was repeating her usual act. On reaching there a huge Shivalinga was found. It is the very place where the temple has been built.
Significance of the Temple
The granduer and magnificence of the Babulnath temple is guaranteed to makes devotees forget where one is, giving an illusion of Mount Kailash the eternal abode of Lord Shiva. Every year there are millions of devotees visiting this magnificent temple. The temple was built nearly 200 years ago and is one of the most spacious temples in the commercial city. The devotees here would be undoubtedly proud of its rich and varied heritage. Over the ages many saints across India have sung praises of Lord Shiva. Pushpadanta is one who wrote the Shiva Mahimnah Stotram, as he was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Even today devotees recite the same Stotram for Lord Shiva Puja.
Babulath Temple Significance
The Babulnath temple is located at the end of Marine Drive and south of Malabar Hill, which was built in the year 1780. Also in 1900, a tall spire was added to this auspicious, original temple of Lord Shiva. A stone Lingam of Lord Shiva is worshipped at Babulnath. In the month of 'Sravan' or August/September which is considered as auspicious associated with Lord Shiva, millions of devotees visit the Babulnath temple and offer milk onto the "Shivling". The Shivling is believed to be the head of Lord Shiva, and it's venerated amidst the sonorous chanting of the mantra "Om Namah Shivay".
Time to Visit
While almost all other festivals in the temple are celebrated during the day, Mahashivaratri is celebrated at night, which stands for all that which is evil: injustice, ignorance, darkness, sin, violence, treachery, falsehood, and misfortune.

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The Hindu Mythology says that Shiva appeared just in time, so that he could save the world from Tamogun (darkness and ignorance) and before the universe entered Kaliyuga, the period of complete darkness, symbolic of Amavasya (new moon).

Shivaratri is thus celebrated one night before Amavasya. Devotees can visit at the temple between 5 AM and 10 PM
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Babulath Temple

How to reach the Temple
  • Mumbai is very much easily accessible through any part of the country as it is very well connected through Rail network. The nearest railway station to the temple is Grant Road and one can take taxi or bus to reach the Babulnath temple.

  • Through Airways also Mumbai is much facilitated with flights from all the parts of the country and even all around the world.