Just 31 kilometres from the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, on the
banks of the river Tansa, lays the ancient temple of Goddess Vajreshwari. The
hot springs of Vajreshwari are very famous as these are the only hot springs in
Western India. You can easily reach the temple by taking up tour packages from Mumbai.
Basics on the Temple
The original temple dedicated to Goddess Vajreshwari was located at
Gunj, which is a hamlet about five kilometres north of Vajreshwari. The temple
at the current site on the hillock of Mandgiri was built by the Maratha
commander, Chimaji Appa, as a thanksgiving following his conquest of the
Portuguese-held Bassein Fort in 1739.
Divine Experience and Major Festivals
The temple is built on the lines of the Bassein Fort and has thick
stone walls all around the structure. The sanctum sanctorum has the idols of
Goddess Vajreshwari and Goddesses Renuka and Kalika alongside.
The site is surrounded by small shops selling flower garlands and
sweets as offerings to the deity. The nine days of Navratri culminating in
Vijaya Dashami is celebrated in a grand way in Vajreshwari and the temple sees a
huge crowd of pilgrims during this time.
This temple town hosts a fair in honour of Goddess Vajreshwari from
the day after Chaitra Pournima till the new moon day. The next day, the image
of the Goddess is carried on a palanquin by the devout.
Pilgrims visiting this town also bathe in the hot springs in the
Tansa river bed. The temperature of these hot springs is normally around 43-45
degree Celsius. This geographical feature was created thanks to volcanic eruptions
that shaped the Mandgiri hillock and the Tansa river bed, many millions of
years ago. Book your Maharashtra tour packages in order to pay homage at this beautiful temple.
to Reach the Vajreshwari Temple
The nearest railhead is located in the town of Vasai, at a distance
of 30 kilometres from Mumbai. There are a number of buses and cab that run to
Vajreshwari. By road, the Western Express Highway leads through Mumbai City to
Vasai and beyond. Vasai town is well connected by Western Railway trains.
of Interest Near Vajreshwari
Ganeshpuri is an interesting town located around two kilometres from
Vajreshwari, and the ashram of Swami Nityananda of Ganeshpuri - the Gurudev
Sidda Peetha, is an excellent place to visit.
The Bassein Fort, which was the scene of epic battles between the
Portuguese, the Siddis and the Marathas, stands tall on the Arabian coast and
this is a good place to visit. When here, tourists should also include a trip to Mahabaleshwar which is a popular hill station in Maharashtra.
Tungareshwar and the Chinchoti falls are the favourite picnic
destinations of the weekend crowd from Mumbai. The walk through the lush
forests of Vasai and the Chinchoti waterfalls can be beautiful during the monsoon.
Plan a trip to Vajreshwari, if you fall under the religiously
incline category. You’ll get to get a darshan of the deity and enjoy your stay
among natural locales.