- a holy Saiva kshetra situated in a lovely valley - a grand
colourful spot of the Nature's enchanting beauty enjoys a pride of
place among the centres of pilgrimage in the state of Maharastra.
Its plus points
are many, and position, enviable. Its location on the bank of a
small river, surrounded by ever green forests, grown sumptuous on
the slopes of high hills has an added attraction to nature-lovers
more than theists. The vicinity of two famous cities - Bombay and
Kalyan, pulsating with industrial population has catapulted its
glory to the pinnacle both as a holy place and a picnic spot. To add
to these, it is a specimen of the Konkan style of architecture - a
fusion of North and South in form. It illustrates the excellences of
Hindu sculpture of the 11th century A.D. It is a Shilahara gift to
the nation and was built between eighth and nineth centuries.
Several royal dynasties like Chalukyas, Shilaharas endowed it in
many ways, but alas! it tasted the fury of Portugese. So it has lost
its former glory.
any Hindu Mandir, it has a garbha griha, porches, pavilions and
towers. It faces west. The towers are richly carved and ornamented,
lending majesty to the whole construction. The exquisite images
carved on pillars, porches and ceilings cast enhancement. The images
of Mahishasura Mardini and Kamadeva in dancing poses are the
examples of best craftsmanship and the taste of the patrons.
Swamyambhu linga - the archamurti of this famous temple is about two
and half a feet in height and is extremely grand to look at. It is
adored as Ambareeswar and during the Mahasivaratri day, its glory
touches the zeninth. This august Sivalinga resembles the famous
Jyotirlinga of Omkareswar at Mandhata in Madhya Pradesh.
Inscriptions shed enough light on the builders, and it is concluded
that it was built in 1060 A.D. by a Shilahara Mahamandeleswara of
the Konkan region of Maharasta state. It is a visit-worthy shrine
that confers bliss munificently and for ever.
lies in Ambarnath town, near Kalyan in the Tana district of
Maharastra, enjoying transport facilities.