Shiv Mandir of #Ambarnath
: A historic 11th-century Hindu temple also known as the Ambreshwar Shiva Temple situated on the bank of Vadavan (Waldhuni) river in Ambarnath near #Mumbai
, in #Maharashtra
The temple was built in 1060 AD in the Hemadpantistyle, beautifully carved in stone. The Hemadpanti Style or #Sculpture
(Many times spelled as Hemadpanthi) is an architectural style, named after its founder, the prime minister Hemadpant (1259-1274 CE) from the court of Seuna Yadavas of Devagiri. This building style was formed during the 13th Century in Maharashtra, and incorporated black stone and lime, which were readily available.
The whole temple is executed in coarse brownish stone that is typical of this region. The sculptures of Hindu mythology, predominantly Shaiva theme , forms a chain around the temple at the eye level. There are fluted moldings above and below the sculptures. A large number of the sculptures has lost its details due to the weathering. There are three entrance that give access to the central hall of the temple. The priests sit in this portion of the temple. This portion is intricately carved. The roof is supported by an array of pillars, which itself is a piece of art. Never forget to look up at the ceiling with all the details carved in stone. A Nandi (Bull) statue is located at the center of the main porch which is in the west. To reach the inner side of the temple, sanctum sanctorum (Gabhara or Garbha gruha), one has to climb down through the stone stairs from the main hall. The Shiva linga is located in this underground section of the temple which is open to the sky. Devotees offer prayer sitting close to the Shiv linga which is installed at the center of this open sanctorum.
A small stream, a tributary of the Valdhan River flows along the edge of the temple compound. Mahashivratri is a major festival day for the temple. The name Ambarnath literally means 'Lord of the Sky'. Ambarnath has a Mumbai Suburban Railway link to Mumbai and lies on the route to Karjat and Pune.
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