Bhānḍupeśvar Mahādev Mandir (Bhandup, Mumbai)

Location: Near Bhandup (West) Station, Mumbai (map).

 Timings: All Day.

About the Temple: This is a very ancient temple of Lord Śiva, from times unknown. The area derived its name as Bhandup from the name of this God. The temple is very beautiful with high Gopurams. Surrounding the main temple there are smaller temples of: Śītalā Devi, Santoshi Mātā, Hanumān, Navagrahās, Mahākālī, Mahāsarasvatī, Mahālakṣhmī, Vagheśvarī Devi, Gāyatrī Devi, Rāma Parivār. Thanks to the efforts of the management, this temple is maintained very well and is very neat. One experiences great solitude and peace in this temple though its surroundings are extremely busy with the near-by railway station. The puṣhkariṇī of the Lord, known as Bhānḍupeśvar Kuṇḍ is at a distance of around 1.5kms from the temple.  This suggests that perhaps in the ancient times, a large surrounding area belonged to the temple.

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Albela Hanumān Mandir (Wadala, Mumbai)

Location: Wadala area, Mumbai (map).

Timings: All day (except afternoon).

About the Temple: The idol of Hanumān here is svayambhū. There is a very interesting story of how this idol was consecrated here. Long time ago, a king found this idol in the near-by area, which was then a forest. When he was bringing it, the idol of Lord Hanumān did not move an inch from the place where the temple is currently situated. The king was not able to move it in-spite of repeated efforts. Then he realized that it is the wish of the Lord to stay in this sacred place and then constructed a temple for the Lord. Since Lord Hanumān acted as per His will and chose not to move from this place, He was named as Albela Hanumān. The present temple priests have been worshiping this idol since atleast 150 years and they reported that the actual period of temple construction is unknown and the idol is from ancient times. The idol of Lord Hanumān has a large base and has idols of other devatās including Lord Gaṇeśa. The idol is completely covered with sindhūr, while the Lord’s mouth portion appears black and has a mustache.

Svayambhū Ganeśa Temple (Borivali, Mumbai)

Location: In Mumbai (map).

Timings: All day.

About the Temple: Though the temple is relatively new, the idol here is svayambhū. Historians believe that the idol is around 5000 years old. There is an interesting story about the discovery of this ancient idol.

Earlier this place was a hilly area. Contractors blasted rocks and supplied it to the construction sites in nearby areas. One day a worker was digging a huge rock to plant a rock detonator. At noon after having his lunch he decided to take a short nap. In his nap, he dreamed of “Śrī” (lord Ganeśa) asking him not to break the rock as his divine self would be emerging there. The worker narrated this experience to his colleagues. Everyone decided to stop the work of blasting the rocks. Next day they discovered the idol on the rocks. The rock on which Lord appeared itself resembles an elephant and the idol is located near the eye position. The localities later built the temple. The priests beautifully decorate the rock and idol everyday.

Temple Website: link.