Babulnath Temple Shiva Linga and Idols were originally consecrated in the 12th century by the then Hindu king Bhimdev of the region. Over a period of time the temple was buried and lost over a period of time. The idols were re-discovered (unearthed) during the period of 1700 to 1780. The first temple was built in the 1780 year.
When rediscovered, 5 original idols were dug out. That of the main Shiva Linga, Ganesh, Hanuman, Parvati and one more. Out of this the first four are in the temple. The fifth one was immersed in the sea because it was broken when it was dug out in the 18th century.
When the first temple was built the land belonged to the Parsi community. There were 5 Dakhma's (Parsi final resting place) existing in the vicinity. There was a lot of resistance for the Parsi community at that time for building of the temple. This resistance continued till the late 1800 when the issue was settled by the courts in favour of the temple.
It is strange how legends are connected with the building of temples; whether these stories are true or not, they add to the popularity of the place. Here is one such temple which has an interesting legend and a long history behind its construction. It is the Babulnath Shiva Temple in Mumbai that takes us back in time to the 12th century. Today, it is one of the oldest temples in Mumbai and also a historical site. The enchanting architecture of this temple also makes it worthy to explore. The Babulnath Temple is situated in a suburb called Girgaum Chowpatty in Mumbai. It is a hillock temple which has become well-known over the years. Come, let us go on a virtual tour reminiscing the tales of this beautiful shrine.
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Main worship day is Monday