Ambernath literally means Lord of the sky. Ambernath is the site of a very old temple, the ancient Ambreshwar Shiva Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the construction of which dates back to 1060 AD in the 11th century.
One belief suggests that the temple was constructed by the Pandava brothers of the epic Mahabharata fame for taking a night refuge during their period of exile (vanvaas). They could not complete the structure which is reflected even today in the missing roof directly above the main sanctum area (Garbha Griha) of the temple. It is also said that there is a km–long passageway which was used by the Pandavas to escape which lies shut and locked today.
Inside the temple, the main sanctum housing the shivling is situated at a slightly lower level and one has to descend a few of steps to take the blessings of Lord Shiva. There are a couple of other smaller temples too in the temple premises that you will come across while Circumambulation.
How to reach:-
Ambernath Shiva Temple is on the Mumbai-Pune railway lineat Akoli. Nearest airport from here is Mumbai. Temple is located about 2 km from Ambernath Railway Station (East). State transport plies buses regularly to Ambernath from almost all important places in Maharashtra. From Mumbai,It is better to go to Ambernath (which is on the central line) by train and then take an auto-rickshaw (share rickshaws ply at the station for the temple for Rs. 8) from there to the temple.
I visited this historic temple with My friend Hitesh Hariyani , he helped me alot for gathering more information about this temple. We both were excited to know about that temple we went to watchman asked him also what he knows about temple.
This part of Mumbai is like a hidden chamber of secrets & few people know about this temple but I know that people like me will explore the unexplored part of our Mumbai
You must visit this temple, if you are in Mumbai superb ancient architecture work is been seen over here & you will definitely find peace inside you.
10th century Temple of Shiva