Babulnath Temple Mumbai

Babulnath temple is by far one of the oldest, most loved & also the most popular temples of Mumbai where worshippers come from different parts of Mumbai to seek blessings and peace. This temple is situated on a hillock near Girgaon Chowpatty. Many devotees climb the steps to reach the temple. For elderly people there is lift facility for nominal payment of one rupee per head.
It was constructed first in twelfth century by Raja Bhimdev. Later it was left in a ruined condition. Between 1700 and 1780 five idols of this temple were re-discovered and in 1780 the temple was re-constructed. Out of the five original idols only four (Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman, Parvati) were found to be in good condition and the fifth one was broken and hence it was thrown into the sea. In 18th century it was later recovered from the sea. The present temple was constructed in 1890 by Gujarati merchants along with contributions made by Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaikwad of Baroda State. Till 1890 this temple was the tallest temple in the city. But in 1960s the temple spire was broken by lightning and the height of the temple spire was lowered. In past times mostly yogis and hermits used to stay here. But now this temple is one of the most oft-visited places in Mumbai by many devotees and tourists as it is located the center of the city.
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