Babulnath Temple is one of the ancient temples of Mumbai. Lord Shiva in the form of Babul tree is the presiding deity of Babul Nath temple. Situated at the end of Marine Drive and South of Malabar Hill, the temple is nearly 1,000 feet above the sea level, overlooking the Arabian Sea.
Built in 1780, Babulnath Temple has an ambience of eternal festivity,
bustling with the chanting of mantras and thousands of devotees flocking
the temple to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. In the year 1900, a tall
spire was added to the original temple, adding to the grandeur of this
aesthetically built temple.
Monday is the day of Lord Shiva and this is the day when devotees come
to Babulnath temple in hordes to offer prayers. In the month of 'Sravan'
or August/September, which is associated with Lord Shiva, millions of
devotees visit the 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
According to a legend associated with Babulnath temple, a cow named
Kapila belonging to a prosperous goldsmith called Pandurang, stopped
giving milk. This became a daily affair. On inquiring it was found out
that before coming to home the cow regularly gave away all her milk at a
particular spot. To Pandurang's amazement there was a huge Shivling on
that spot. And this inspired into building up of Babulnath temple on
that sacred spot.
People flock to Babulnath temple in quest to find some peace and
tranquility. Such is the aura and architecture of the temple that it
reminds one of Mount Kailash, the eternal abode of Lord Shiva.
How to Reach Babulnath Temple
Babulnath temple is easily accessible from all corners of the city. The
nearest railway station to the temple is Grant Road and you can take an
auto, taxi or bus to reach the Babulnath temple.
Babulnath Temple Mumbai
|Location||South of Malabar Hill, Mumbai|
|How to reach||Board a local that will take you here, or hire an auto or taxi|
|Presiding Deity||Lord Shiva|
|Special Attraction||Stone lingam of Lord Shiva|
|Best Time to visit||August/September|