Walkeshwar Temple of Shiva Banganga Cross Lane, Teen Batti, , Walkeshwar, Malabar Hill, South Mumbai-400006

Legend has it that Lord Rama paused at that spot when heading to Sri Lanka to try and get his wife Sita back from demon Ravana, who kidnapped her. The temple is famous for the fresh water Banganga Tank .

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
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    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
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    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
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    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
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    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
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    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
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    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction


About Walkeshwar Temple

According  to the legends,when Sita Devi was kidnapped by the demon king Ravana , Shri Rama stayed in this place. Lord  Rama was advised to worship the Shiva Linga. Hence, he constructed the Shivalinga in the sand (Valuka in Sanskrit) after getting tired for waiting for his brother, Lakshman to bring the idol. That Linga was named as the Valuka Ishwar, an incarnation of the Lord Shiva. After some time, when Shri Rama was very thirsty, there was no fresh water available. Hence, he shot the arrows and  brought Ganges over here.  Hence the temple tank  is called Bana (Arrow in Sanskrit) Ganges. The water that feeds the tank,  stems from an underground spring at that spot.
The temple and the fresh water Banganga tank,  were bulit by the Lakshman Prabhu ,a Gaud Saraswat Brahmin minister in the court of Silhara dynasty kings,  who ruled Thane in 1127 AD. The temple was destroyed by the Portuguese,  during their reign over Mumbai (Portuguese Bom Bahia) in the 16th century.  It was rebuilt due to the generosity of Mumbai businessman and philanthropist, Rama Kamath, another Gaud Saraswat Brahmin (known in British records as 'Kamati') in 1715. The main temple has been substantially reconstructed and many smaller temples have come up around the Banganga tank.
The temple is well crowded every month, during the full moon day, and at Amavasya (new moon) day.

 

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