Vajreshwari is small village located at the foot of Mandakini Hils in Thane District. The place is a most visited and renowned pilgrim center visited by people throughout the state and the country. Vajreshwari is famous for its Hot Water Springs and the Vajreshwari Devi Temple.
Vajreshwari has been mentioned as Vadvali in the ancient Puranas, according to which Lord Vishnu had visited this site when he had adorned the most famous Avatar,Parshurama. According to these legendary tales, Parshuram had performed a yagna, which still maintains its residue in form of the volcanic ash on the Mandakini Hills. Goddess Vajreshwari is said to be the avatar of Goddess Parvati, who was requested to adorn this avatar for slaying the demon, Kalikala. Kalikala as per Hindu Mythology was a demon who around thousands of years ago lived in the nearby forests and would trouble all the sages and the rishimunis living nearby.
Worried and annoyed rishis performed the TriChandi Yagna to please the Goddess Parvati. Lord Indra who was angry with the fact that he was not the one the rishis ask help for, hurled his most dangerous weapon Vajra at the yagna. Scared the rishis and the gods prayed to Goddess Parvati for help, who swallowed the Vajra and pacified Lord Indra. Thus she was called as Vajreshwari and a temple of hers was established in this area.
The actual temple of Goddess Vajreshwari was earlier at Gunj around 8 km from Vajreshwari. However this temple was destroyed by the Portuguese during their reign. Once Chimaji Appa, younger brother of Peshwa Baji Rao I passed thorugh this area, and set a camp right here during his fight with the Portuguese for the Bassein Fort in Vasai. Chimaji Appa had failed to conquer that fort he was fighting for the last 3 years. Finally he prayed to the Goddess Vajreshwari and it seems she blessed him. After conquering the fort successfully, Chimaji Appa built this new temple. The temple architecture resembles to that of the Bassein Fort.
Location of Vajreshwari
Vajreshwari is situated on the banks of Tansa River, around 75 km from Mumbai. It rests on the foot of Mandakini Hills amidst scenic landscape in Bhiwandi taluka of Thane District in Maharashtra.
How to Reach Vajreshwari
By Air: Mumbai is the closest airport around 75 km from Vajreshwari.
By Rail: The nearest rail station for Vajreshwari from the Eastern Suburbs of Mumbai is Thane Station. Thane is around 34 km from Vajreshwari. The nearest rail station from the Western Suburbs of Mumbai is Vasai Road Station.
Many buses ply regularly to Vajreshwari from Thane and Vasai Road Station regularly. There are lots of extra and special buses organized by the Maharashtra State Transport during holidays and special festival occasions.
By Road: Vajreshwari is easily accessible from the national highway through all the major cities in Maharashtra.
Approachable Route from Eastern and Western Suburbs of Mumbai
People who visit Vajreshwari through the Western Suburbs of Mumbai should take the Western Express Highway – Dahisar Checknaka – National Highway no.8 – TO Shirsad – State Highway – Vajreshwari route.
People who wish to visit Vajreshwari from through Eastern Suburbs of Mumbai should take the Eastern Express Highway – Mulund Check Naka – Nasik Road – Bhiwandi Bypass Toll – Bhiwandi Junction – Vajreshwari route.
What to see in Vajreshwari
Vajreshwari is visited most for its Hot Water Springs and the Temple of Goddess Vajreshwari. The water of these hot water springs referred as Kundas is considered to be holy and a dip in these waters is said to get rid of all the ailments one suffers from.
Festivals celebrated in Vajreshwari
Few festivals that are celebrated in Vajreshwari with full spirit include the 9 days Navratri Festival, Kojaagiri Purnima, Holi and Diwali. During all these festivals, the temple is lit with colorful lights and the whole place is filled with joy and people enjoy these festivals with whole enthusiasm and with a spirit of harmony.
There are lots of accommodation facilities available in and around Vajreshwari for both budgetary and comfortable stay. Few of the hotels in and around Vajreshwari are listed below:
Silent Hills Resort: A luxurious resort located in an area of 60-acre amidst scenic beauties. Offers elegant facilities and services including swimming pool, spa, boat cruises, restaurants, Water Park and many more
Address: National Highway No. 8, Vaitarna River Bridge, Manor (Tel: 02525 -237170)
Pavan Resort: A MTDC Resort rented to Pavan Resort, budgetary and offers various facilities including swimming pool, car rentals, laundry and many more.
Address: Opposite Hot Spring Kund, Akloli, Vajreshwari (02522-261371)
Tansa Resort: A budgetary hotel charging around Rs. 400/- to Rs.800/- per day.
Address: Akloli Kund, Vajreshwari (tel: 02522-261436)
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