What is the best way to see the Babulnath Temple in Mumbai?

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Located on a small hill near the centre of the city is the Babulnath temple.  This is one of the oldest temples in Mumbai and is devoted to Lord Shiva.  A popular pilgrimage site, devotees climb to the top of the temple to make offerings and receive blessings, the best day of the week to see this is on Mondays.

Built originally in the 12th century, the temple was buried until the 18th century when some statues and idols were found, and then the “new” temple was built on the same site in 1890.  Unfortunately  a lightening strike in the 1960’s has reduced the size of the temple’s spire, but it still remains one of the tallest and most impressive structures in Mumbai.

This temple stands about 1,000 feet above sea level, and looks quite regal in its tranquil setting.  It is a grand structure and one well worth visiting on a quieter day as well so that you can appreciate it without throngs of pilgrims. Located just near the end of Marine drive, the Babulnath Temple is easy to reach by car from the city, taking about 20 minutes. You can even get there by train by getting off at Marine Lines station and then grabbing a taxi from there.

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