Babulnath Temple, Mumbai

The Babulnath Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the form of a Babul tree . The temple was built in 1780, following the discovery of buried idols.
Located nearly 1000 feet above sea level and within a stone’s throw from the bay, this temple was originally built 1780. In 1900, a tall spire was added to the temple complex of Lord Shiva. A stone Lingam is the focus of prayers at Babulnath.

Legend has it that a few centuries ago, the area around the temple belonged to a gentleman named Pandurang. Being pristine grazing ground, he would send his cattle stock out. This was done under the guidance of Babul, the caretaker of Pandurang’s cattle. One day Babul noticed that one of the cows named Kapila had stopped giving milk. When Pandurang heard about it he was told that the cow drains out all her milk at a particular point. Curious, he headed out with the cattle the next day. When Panduranga saw the scene again and he was overwhelmed. On closer inspection of the area, a huge Shivling was found. The temple that stands here today was built right at the point where this used to happen.

The main day of worship at the temple is Monday. Marine Lines station of the Western Railway is the closest station.

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