Walkeshwar Temple (Lord of Sand)
Walkeshwar Temple or the
Lord of the Sand temple is one of the oldest heritage sites in Mumbai. located on Malabar Hill, the original Walkeshhwar Temple was built by the Silaharas around 1050 years ago. According to Ramayana, Rama rested here on his way to rescue Sita in Lanka and constructed a lingam of sand at the site.
The original Walkeshwar Temple was destroyed by the Portuguese and the sand lingam is said to have jumped into the sea to avoid desecration.The temple was rebuilt by Rama Kamath in 1715, though the present temple dates only 1950's.
The shrine is the focus of much spiritual activity during Diwali, which celebrates Rama's homecoming. The Banganga tank, attached to the temple, is one of the antique structures in Mumbai.