Located near the Marine Lines station and the northern end of the Marine Drive, the Babulnath Temple is situated atop a hillock, From the main thoroughfare of the same name, you enter through a stone gateway, flanked by flower shops (you need not leave your shoes here), to ascend a flagstoned, slightly steep path that leads to the flight of stairs going up to the main temple. Cars are allowed till the bottom of the slope. If you are not keen to ascend the stairs, you may avail the elevator (ticket rupees one per head; it usually operates so long as the temple is open, but may shut down for sometime once in a while). There is a small hall where you can leave your shoes to enter the main temple.
Intricately carved, the white washed spire looked grand against a deep blue sky on the day of our visit. Photography inside the main temple is not allowed but you can take pictures from outside. Of the sculptures inside the temple, noticed some European influence - the celestial musicians looked more like angels seen in Christian paintings.
It was Sunday, hence not much crowded. We had arrived at noon, and the stone shiva-linga was being bathed and readied for his mid-morning vicutals, to be followed by 'arati'. At that time, entry within the sanctum was not permiited. But you can enter after the 'arati' is over. But be very careful as the floor is full of water and slippery.
If you are not profoundly spiritual, avoid Mondays and festive days. Area and temple generally safe for women. There are policemen on duty at the main entrance to the temple.
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