Ambarnath Temple


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Ambarnath Temple Overview

Ranked 11 of 18 sightseeing in Thane

Ambarnath temple is one of the prime destinations of tourists visiting Thane. Ambarnath temple is considered as the oldest temple built in Hemandpanti style of temple architecture. The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was built with intricately carved blocks of black stone in 1060 AD by King Chittaraja of the Silhara Dynasty.

The mandap and the sanctum of this temple exhibit unique architectural features. The floor of the sanctum sanctorum of Ambarnath temple is an uneven circle as it is designed in the form of a spread-out Shiva’s mat (tiger skin).  The mandap, which is placed diagonally across the central axis of the sanctum, is away from it by three entrances that face north, south and west.

The mandap has a concave ceiling which is richly decorated with intricate carvings. The main entrance to the temple, which also has an idol of Nandi under the porch, is in the West.  The exterior walls of the temple are decorated with intricate carvings of stories related to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh and Lord Nandi.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Monday - Friday:
6:00 AM -6:00 PM
6:00 AM -6:00 PM
6:00 AM -6:00 PM
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6:00 AM -6:00 PM

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Temple surrounded with natural beauty

Hemad Panthi beautifully carved on stone, Shiva temple located in Ambarnath, an hour journey from Thane. This temple is approx 950 years old. It is said that this temple was build by 5 pandavas in just one night in a huge single mass of stone. On the occasion of Mahashivratri, there is a big fair in Ambarnath for 2-3 days. People from far come here on this occasion to take blessings of lord Shiva. Temple is also crowded during Mondays of month of Shravan. Being historical monument, this place also attract people having interest in history. Temple is surrounded with natural beauty thus can be considered as a small picnic venue as well.

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