My sightseeing visits to any place in the country are always filled with visits to temples of architectural importance. Since I love history and visiting places, I always keep myself updated about them through the history books I buy and collect time and again during my travel trips. I have come to know about the Ambarnath Temple in Matheran very recently and for that reason, I had scheduled a visit to the place.
My next must-visit was to Matheran, which is located at about 52 kilometers from Khandala. My cab was promptly on time and I set off to visit the historical Ambarnath Temple, which is situated in Akoli on the Mumbai-Pune railway line. I have learned that the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the most frequented places by people in Matheran.
Built a way back in 1060 by the legendary King Mahamandaleshwar, this historic temple was a tribute to the ancestors of the king. One look at the architectural beauty of the temple reminded me of the Dilwara Temples in Mount Abu. I learned from a history buff at the temple that the holy structure was built in ‘Hemadpanthi’, which belonged to the 13th century architectural style. Most of the structures in this style are built using material like black stone and lime.
The temple was open during my visit and I walked in with the offerings to God looking around the beautiful carvings on the walls and the ceilings. I walked to the steps that went down to the main
hall, which is called Gabhara. It was the sanctorum, where there was a “Shivalinga” in the center. I handed over the offerings to priest, who performed a
pooja. I stood before the Lord and prayed for the well being of my family.
I was told by the priest that the mandir attracted a lot of people from different places during the Mahashivaratri fair, which will be held for 3-4 days. People stay here during the fair and perform ‘Rudra Abhishek’ during the time. Walking out of the temple, I went around enjoying the architecture and the intricate carvings on the building.
Admittedly, it was a great experience and offered a sort of contentment to me.