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Ambreshwar Shiva Temple

Maharashtra, Thane

Located on the bank of Vadavan River, the Shiv Mandir of Ambarnath also known as Ambreshwar Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva situated in the hollow of a hill. Dating back from 1000 AD, it is believed that the Ambreshwar Temple was probably built by Shilahara king Chhittaraja, and it may also have been rebuilt by his son Mummuni. The temple is locally known as Puratana Shivalaya.


According to the legends, it is believed that the five Pandava brothers built the temple in just one night in a huge single mass of stone during their exile. However, they could not complete the structure, which even today is missing the roof directly above the main sanctum area (Garbha Griha) of the temple. It is also believed that a kilometer long underground tunnel is there to the temple which is now hidden.


Ambreshwar Temple is built in Vesara style of architecture, a mix of the north Indian and south Indian styles of temple making. The versions of the Vesara style at Ambernath is of interlocking black stone in the Hemadpanti style. The bold features are prominent in the heavily decorated outside wall and the stepped pyramid that forms the tower. The whole temple is executed in coarse brownish stone that is typical of this region. The plan of the ...View more

Darsan Info

Timings : The temple opens at 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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Darsan Dresscode

Wear traditional dress code on special days and avoid shorts for men


The culture of Thane is greatly influenced by the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Mumbai, it aptly maintains its traditional heritage. The most popular dance form here is Lavani, supplemented by other traditional dance styles like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi as well as modern dances like Ballet. Coming to festivals, Thane observes Ganesh Chaturthi with full gusto and enthusiasm as in all of Maharashtra. Apart from this, Holi, Diwali, Gudhi Padwa, Durga Puja, Janmashtami, Navratri, Dahi Handi and Shivaji Jayanti are also celebrated with equal fervour. Thane offers the best of street foods across India, the signature dishes being Vada Pao and Pav Bhaji. The city specialises in Konkani cuisine along with its much known indulgence in snacks particularly 'Bhajjiyas' and 'Pakodas'.

Location and Contact

5, Kailash Colony, Kailash Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Ambernath, Maharashtra 421501

095610 33238

Ambarnath is a small industrial town in Thane district of Maharashtra. It is located about 60 km ( 37miles ) east of Mumbai on the Mumbai-Pune route. The easiest and fastest way to reach Ambarnath is by the Mumbai suburban train. It's about an hours travel from Mumbai CST. Get to the Central line at CST. There are many direct trains from CST to Khopoli via Ambarnath. The frequency is roughly one hour.

If you are coming from Pune side, to get to Khopoli catch a suburban train to CST. The route as mentioned above, in reverse order.
For those coming from Nasik side , get to Kalyan to change train for Khopoli. The route is as mentioned above.
From Ambarnath railway station catch an auto rickshaw for the Shiva Temple ( ask for Shivalaya ). It's a 5-10 minutes ride through the uphill roads of Ambarnath town. On return, you may get a share auto provided you've the patience to wait till the rickshaw get its passenger capacity filled.

Additional Info

  1. Ambernath Municipal Guest House,B K Resort & Waterpark
  2. Central Bank of India ATM, Dena Bank ATM
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Temple Rituals

Morning pooja starts at 06:30 AM onwards

Regular Offerings

Not Available

Special Rituals

Rudra Abhishek can be performed on the temple premises

Famous Festival

The Ambernath temple is the hub of an enormous fair during Mahashivratri (Feb/March) and the entire Month of Shravan (July-August). Mahashivratri Fair continues for 3-4 days starting 2 days prior and extending to 1 day after shivratri as well.

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