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Pay Homage at the Temple Town of Vajreshwari

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 7 months ago

The Vajreshwari temple located near the city that never sleeps, Mumbai, is an ideal spot for tired tourists who’re looking for a spiritual break for their monotonous life. The region also houses a fort that can enthral the not-so-religious...

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.

Some 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.

The 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. 

How 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.

Places 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. 

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