Babulnath Temple is one of the ancient temples of Mumbai.They believe Lord Shiva is present in this place in the form of Babul trees. Thousands of devotees visit this temple praying for their prosperity, happiness and peace. They offer milk and flowers over the ‘Shivling’ which symbolically represents Lord Shiva’s head. 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. It was built nearly 200 years ago in 1780 and is one of the most spacious temples in the city. The temple architecture resembles Mount Kailas where the almighty is situated.
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”and chant ‘Om Namah Shiva’.
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.
The authorities of the temple have set rules to not allow anyone to offer milk in plastic bags or bring flowers into the premises within plastic bag. This step was taken to reduce the environmental pollution.In order to ensure that devotes are not inconvenienced, they have made arrangement for carrying flowers in small trays. The temple authorities have also installed 24 CCTV to keep watch on any suspicious activity.
How to Reach Babulnath Temple:
The nearest railway station to the temple is Grant Road and you can take taxi or bus to reach the Babulnath temple.