Located in the very heart of Mumbai
City, at nearly 1000 feet above sea level, over looking the
Arabian Sea lies the majestic temple of Lord Babulnath [Lord
Even in a city like Mumbai you'll be
surprised to feel peace and tranquility at Babulnath - a place
where Almighty resides. The granduer and magnificence of the
temple is guaranteed to make you forget where you are, giving an
illusion of Mount Kailas, the eternal abode of Lord Shiva.
Every year millions of devotees
visit this magnificent temple. It was built nearly 200 years ago
and is one of the most spacious temples in the city. The devotees
are undoubtedly proud of its rich and varied heritage.
Over the ages many saints across
India have sung praises of Lord Shiva. Pushpadanta wrote the Shiva
Mahimnah Stotram , as he was a great devotee of Lord Shiva . Even
today devotees recite the same Stotram for Lord Shiva Pujan.
History of Babulnath Mandir
Legend has it that about two
centuries ago, the southeast portion of the hilly terrain known as
the Malabar Hill, where Lord Babulnath's ancient temple is
situated, belonged to one Pandurang, a rich goldsmith. His cattle
were grazing around. Being grazing land, there was nothing to be
taken care of by Babul, the caretaker of Pandurang's cattle stock.
Once it was noticed that a cow
Kapila stopped giving milk. On enquiry, Babul reported that the
very cow, before coming home reaches a point and suo-moto puts out
all her milk. Babul could not explain the logic behind this, but
had made Pandurang inquisitive.
The very next day, Panduranga saw
the scene again and he was overwhelmed when the said cow, Kapila
was repeating her usual act. On reaching there a huge Shivaling
was found. It is the very place where the temple has been built.
Shivstuti and Meaning
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bow down to Lord Shiva who is fair like the camphor, wears a
garland of king of serpents, is an incarnate form of compassion,
an essence of all material being, who always resides in the
lotus-like heart (of his devotee) and who is accompanied by
Shiv Mahimnah Stotra
The Shiva Mahimnah Stotra is very
popular among the devotees of Lord Shiva and is considered one of
the best among all Stotras (or Stutis) offered to Lord Shiva. The
legend about the circumstances leading to the composition of this
Stotra is as follows:
A king named Chitraratha had
constructed a nice garden. There were beautiful flowers in this
garden. These flowers were used every day by the king in
worshipping Lord Shiva. One day a Gandharva (Singer in the court
of Indra, the Lord of the Heaven) named Pushhpadanta being
fascinated by the beautiful flowers, began to steal them, as a
consequence of which king Chitraratha could not offer owers to
Lord Shiva. He tried very hard to capture the thief, but in vain,
because the Gandharvas have divine power to remain invisible.
Finally the king spread the Shiva Nirmaalya in his garden. Shiva
Nirmaalya consists of the Bilva leaves, flowers, etc. which have
been used in worshipping Lord Shiva. The Shiva Nirmaalya is
considered holy. The thief Pushhpadanta, not knowing this, walked
on the Shiva Nirmaalya, and by that he incurred the wrath of Lord
Shiva and lost the divine power of invisibility. He then designed
a prayer to Lord Shiva for forgiveness. In this prayer he sung the
greatness of the Lord. This very prayer became well known as the
`Shiva Mahimnah Stotra'. Lord Shiva became pleased by this Stotram,
and returned Pushhpadanta's divine powers. The recital of this
stotra is very beneficial, and Shri Ramakrishna, one of the famous
saints of the nineteenth century, went into samadhi just by
reciting a few verses from this hymn.
This temple is located at the end of
Marine Drive and south of Malabar Hill, which was built in 1780.
Also In 1900, a tall spire was added to this auspicious, original
temple of Lord Shiva. A stone Lingam of Lord Shiva is worshipped
at Babulnath. The main worship day is Monday. Closest railway
to reach temple is Marine Lines (Western Railway).