Vajreshwari and hot springs Maharashtra tourist spot review
Enjoy a holy dip in the hot springs followed by darshan of Vajreshwari Devi, Renuka Devi and Kalika Devi and experience the blessings and radiance in your body, soul and mind.
It is understood that the Vajreshwari temple was built in 1739 by Chimaji Appa, the younger brother of the military commander of Peshwa Baji Rao.
Vajresjwari Temple is an ancient temple maintained so beautifully and the management is adorable.
Vajreshwari Temple, is situated at Mandagiri hillock just 30 km. from Vasai Road, a Western Suburb in Thane District, Maharashtra State.
The distance from Mumbai city to the ,b>Vajreshwari temple is approximately 75 Kms.
Accessible by Road through Western Express Highway.
Or by electric train from Churchgate Station to Virar.
Duration of the journey is just 1 hour and 20 minutes by fast local trains which go up to Virar.
Buses and autorikshas are available from the railway station to reach the temple at Vajreshwari
A friend of mine visited my place at Vasai in the morning around 8.30 and expressed his desire to visit Vajreshwari. He had come all the way from Delhi. Having heard about the natural hot springs at Vajreshwari, he desired to take a dip in all the hot springs there in water with different temperature levels. So, we left the house at around 9:30 a.m, after having a quick break-fast and tea.
We proceeded to the Bus Stop at Vasai station, and glad to know that there will be a bus at 10:15 a.m. for Vajreshwari. The bus arrived right at 10:15 a.m. Hundreds of people were standing in queue in an organized way. We got into the bus. The cost of the ticket was Rs.26/- each. It took one and a half hour to reach the last stop of Vajreshwari..
So, we arrived at a place called Aklolo Springs. There we found the back water of the river Tansa and many spots of hot springs , where small steps and walls were raised for safety purpose.
People believe that the hot springs are holy because the origin of the hot springswas not known and it never went dry all these years . The hot springs have its medicinal values, because of the natural mineral contents and it heals the skin disorder to some extent. However, scientists say it is nothing but eruption of volcano occur in the region.
Last when I visited Vajreshwari, before 20 years, it was a remote spot; right under the sky, people were taking dips in the hot springs and changing clothes etc. But now I am surprised to see a great change. The tourism realised the value of the place Vajreshwari at last. There were so many covered tents , where a small place for changing clothes are arranged. Even many cots made of jute choirs are provided to take rest and relax after the holy dip. A plastic mug is provided at a cost of Rs.5/- on returnable basis after use.
We collected mugs from there and started taking dip from one hot spring to the other. It was a real surprise to experience the temperature level- somewhere pretty hot and somewhere tolerable and pleasant. There were about 7 such springs in the vicinity. A wonderful dip, we really enjoyed and will cherish throughout our lives. After changing clothes, got fresh, had a cup of tea and left the place.
The funniest part is, at this point of time my dear friend wanted to part, as his dip in the hot springs was over. I pursued him to visit the temple, which is the main purpose of our visit. But it seems he was not much interested in visiting the temple. Then we had to part there reluctantly and from there he vanished.
The Vajreshwari Devi temple was 1.5 km from the hot springs and a I took a Riksha, paid him Rs.30/- and reached the Vajreshwri temple.
There were about 50 -60 steps to climb up. I took a Prasad plate and climbed up. Wow, what a nice temple is that on the hillock. Very spacious indeed.
In the main shrine there are three big full size Idols nicely decorated. Renuka Devi, Kalika Devi and in the middle is the Vajreshwari Devi. People were continuously visiting and the priests were tirelessly accepting the offerings and doing pujas to the Vajereshwari Devis.
Coming out of the main shrine, there are small temples outside like Shiva, Ganesh, etc and a big garden is also inside there.
There is a huge place provided for the tourist to have their packed food and arrangements of drinking water organized at a convenient place.
Vajreshwari Temple is very beautiful and elegant indeed. One must not miss to visit. For outsiders, there are accommodations available at affordable budgets. There are ashrams also, where people can stay over for some days, take treatment of oil massages and take dip in the hot springs. Many people claim that they are healed this way.
Nearby temples to visit are Ganesh temple at Ganeshpuri, Nityanand Ashram
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