Ambreshwar Shiva temple of Ambernath


The 950 year old beautiful Ambreshwar Shiva temple of Ambernath.

Ambernath is a small industrial township located in the Thane district of Maharashtra, at a distance of about 60 kms to the east of Mumbai. The name Ambernath is derived from the ancient Shiva temple, Ambreshwar which is situated in Ambernath.

The Ambreshwar Shiva temple is around 950 years old and is among one of the oldest temples in and around Mumbai. It was built in the year 1060 near the old Valdhuni river during the reign of the Shalihar dynasty. The temple is set on the slope of a barren hillock and a small stream - a tributary of the Valdhuni flows along the edge of the temple compound. The temple has been built of interlocking black stone in the "Hemadpanti" style. It is covered on all sides with sculptures of Hindu mythology, mainly the Shaiva theme.

There are three porches that give access to the main hall (Gabhara) of the temple. One has to climb down 20 steps to go in the underground sanctorum which is open to the sky. Here in the centre is the 'Swayambhu' Shiv Linga located. This temple is a protected monument maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India(ASI).

Adjacent to the Shiva temple is a new small temple of Sheravali Mata. The two temples and the stream flowing besides them creates a very picturesque and spiritual atmosphere. There is a huge fair held here every year during the Mahashivratri festival.

So, whenever you visit Mumbai do visit this ancient and beautiful archaeological monument which has surpassed the test of times and is very beautiful even today.


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