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Ballaleshwar Temple, Mumbai

Ballaleshwar Temple Overview

Ballaleshwar, or more properly Bholeshwar (the Pure One) is built of black stone with an ornamental, octagonal dome. The temple is enclosed with brass plate and has a red flag adorned with representations of the sun and moon. The original structure was built some 200 years ago and the present temple structure supplanted in about 1830. The lingam at Bhuleshwar is said to have miraculously risen to its position. The inner shrine also contains images of Parvathi and Ganesh.The Ganesh idol in the temple is 3 ft tall. His consorts Siddhi and Riddhi flank Ganesha's image. The eyes of the Ganapati are studded with diamonds. There is also an extra Ganesh Temple, known as Dhundi Vinayak just behind the temple. The Peshwas in the temple installed a big Portuguese made bell. Adjacent airport is at Mumbai. Tourists can also access this place either from Panvel or Khopoli railway stations. It is easily accessible as number of buses ply from Mumbai and Pune connecting Pali.

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