Ambernath/Ambarnath is a 10th century temple North East of Bombay built by King Mahamandaleshwar said to be of the Shilahar Dynasty which ruled from 800 to 1240 AD. The temple is built with Hemadpanthi Sculpture style, which is named after it's introducer and founder, the prime minister named Hemadpant in the court of Seuna Yadavas of Devagiri. The period of discovery was during the 13th Century in Maharashtra. Main ingredients in the construction include the black stone and lime, which is locally available.
Other temples with the same style include - Gondeshwar Temple and Aundha Nagnath Jyotirling temple!!
This temple is maintained by the ASI of India and is a protected monument. Ambernath means the King of the Sky, Shiva is the deity, unlike all other Shiva Temples that have a "Lingam" in the Sanctum Sanctorum this temple has a brilliant face of the Lord Shiva. Very peaceful place, in a beautiful setting near a small stream of river.
The temple is strong and wonderful form the inside as well as the outside. There is an open ceiling for the Sanctum Sanctorum and light falls inside in a beautiful stripe!
One of the kind of places that is a beauty in itself but neglected by people and the government and so tourist swarming is less out here!
See Gondeshwar from a friend Purandare's Photo Stream - www.flickr.com/photos/8156370@N02/529521772/