WALUKESHWAR MANDIR

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Location : Mumbai, Maharashtra
Presiding Deity: Walukeshwar (Lord Shiva)
Deity Is Also Called As: Sand-Lord
Dates Back To: 17th Century



Walukeshwar Mandir, is one of the Mumbai's ancient Hindu Sites, dedicated to Walukeshwar (Lord Shiva) or Sand-Lord. According to the great epic Ramayana, it is believed that Rama paused here during his journey south to rescue Sita from the clutches of the evil Ravana, and created a lingam out of sand to worship Shiva.

With the passing time, the Walukeshwar, or "Sand-Lord" shrine, became one of the western Indian coast's most important religious centres, venerated even by the marauding Malabar pirates who menaced the islands. The present temple was erected in 1715 after the original had been destroyed by the Portuguese, is unremarkable and best bypassed in favour of the more impressive Banganga tank, below it.

Hemmed in by a towering wall of apartment blocks, the spring that feeds the tank is believed to have been created by an arrow fired from Rama's own fabled bow. Today it is a minor pilgrimage site, which is busy only on full moon and on 'Amavasya' (no moon) days of the month.

HOW TO GET THERE

Mumbai being the capital city is well connected by air, rail and road with all the places in the state as well as the country. The nearest railway station is Marine Lines. Tourists can take the city buses from any point of the city and reach this temple.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the hotels in Mumbai .



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