Vajreshwari Temple – Goddess that Shields Mumbai
Different forms of Goddess majorly bless Mumbai. If you remember the history of Mumbai city you will understand that even the name of Mumbai has derived from Mumbai Devi Goddess. Apart from Mumbai Devi, there are several more Goddesses, which are living in Mumbai and protecting this city from all threats. Shree Vajreshwari Yogini Devi Mandir is one of the auspicious and holistic Goddess temples. This Hindu temple devoted to Vajreshwari Goddess, this temple situated in Vajreshwari town. If you are in Mumbai then you just need to cover seventy five kilometres distance to reach this place. Earlier this town was famous as Vadvali, after some time it renamed as Vajreshwari in the respect of reigning deity of shrine.
Vajreshwari town located on Tansa River and it lies in Bhiwadi district. If you are going by train then you can get down at temple’s closest Vasai railway station. This Goddess’s temple situated close to Vajreshwari town’s post office on Mandagiri hillock that shaped out of volcanic eruption and it bounded by hills from all sides.
The actual Vajreshwari temple was at Gunj that is around 5 miles far from Vadali’s north direction. After this temple’s destruction from Portuguese, it shifted to Vadvali. During 1739, Portuguese formed war with ChimajiAppa to capture Bassein Fort, before the war ChimajiAppa worshipped Vajreshwari Goddess that if he would able to win the fort and conquest the Portuguese the n he would construct Goddess’s temple. As per the legend, Varjeshwari occurred in Chimaji Appa’s dream and she told Chimaji that how she can capture the fort. Chimaji won the war and he built Vajreshwari goddess’s temple.
Structure of Temple –
The prime entrance gate contains drum house or Nagarkhana and its structure is very much similar to the entrance of Bassein fort. Vajreshwari temple too bounded by stone wall likely fort. To reach at the prime temple there are 52 stone steps. On one of the steps of temple you will get to see golden tortoise and it adored as Kurma that is Vishnu’s tortoise incarnation.
The prime temple contains 3 sections, the prime inner sanctum, Sanctum, and mandapa. Temple’s Grabha-griha contains 6 idols. Vajreshwari goddess‘s saffron murti with gada and sword that placed in left and right hands individually and trisula apart her, stances in centre. Renuka goddess’s murtis with lotus and sword in her hands, SaptashrungiMahalakshmi’s goddess of Vanj and Vajreshwari goddess’s vahana is tiger. There are tiny shines in the temple that are devoted to Kapileshwar.
Hot Springs –
Apart from Vajreshwari temple, there is one more attraction that appeals huge numbers of tourists that is hot water springs. This place contains 21 hot water springs, these springs is around 5 kilo meters range. As per the tradition, hot water is giant and demon’s blood, killed by Vajreshwari Goddess. Hence, as per the scientists, their nearness to ex volcano is area accounts for their formation. Devotees who visit Goddess’s temple too have sacred bath in springs that mentioned to Kundasin Sanskrit and they named after Hindu religions deities such as Chandra, Surya, Vayu, Agni, Sita and Lakshmana.
Temple’s festivals –
The shrine rejoices Narvaratri, on the day of Amavasya, a big fair organized by regional people in the respect of Vajreshwari Goddess in the Chaitra month. This fair begins on 14th day of the waning moon’s month with ritual prayer of Goddess. Temple also celebrates some other festivals such as in the Hindu Shravana month they worship shivathen DattaJayanti, Holi, Diwali, Hanuman, and Godhadebuwa Jayanti.
How to reach at Vajreshwari temple –
Thane is the closest railway station from eastern Suburbs. Thane is about thirty four kilo meters far from Vajreshwari. Whereas, Vasai Road Station is a closest railway station from western suburbs.
If you are planning to go by air then you have to land on Mumbai airport from their Vajreshwari is around 75 kilo meters.
Numbers of buses regularly run from Thane to Vajreshwari and Vasai road station. There are numbers of additional and exclusive buses planned by Maharashtra State Transport while special occasions and holidays.