Shri Vajreshwari Yogini Temple
Devoted to a Goddess called Vajreshwari is a renowned Hindu shrine located in Maharashtra known as the Shri Vajreshwari Yogini Temple. This pious “Devi” temple is situated in a town known as “Vadvalli/Vajreshwari” in the Thane district at a distance of 75 km from the “City that never sleeps” i.e. Mumbai. According to historical records the original Vajreshwari Temple was located in a place called Gunj at a distance of 8 km from Vajreshwari town. In addition, this temple is renowned for its entrance called “Nagarkhana” and has been built similar to the Bassein Fort’s gate.
a. Best time to visit Shri Vajreshwari Yogini Temple
The best time to visit this temple is in between November to February during the winter season as the climate is extremely pleasant.
b. How to reach Shri Vajreshwari Yogini Temple
Shri Vajreshwari Yogini Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station to this temple is located in Kalyan at a distance of 30 km. The Kalyan Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Pune, Thane, Kalyan, and Navi Mumbai.
- Via Pune:
There are two routes from Pune to this temple, and they are via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway/Mumbai-Pune Expressway and via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway.
- Via Thane:
There are three routes from Thane to this temple, and they are via NH48 and Vajreshwari Road, via NH160 and NH848, and via Bhiwandi –Wada Road.
- Via Kalyan:
There are three routes from Kalyan to this temple, and they are via NH848, via NH60, and via Kalyan-Sape Road and NH848.
- Via Navi Mumbai:
There are two routes from Navi Mumbai to this temple, and they are via NH48, via NH848, and via Western Express Highway and NH48.
3. By air:
The nearest domestic airport to this temple is located in the suburb of Ville Parle/ Santa Cruz while, the international airport is located in Sahar. Both the international and domestic are well connected to major cities and countries respectively.
c. Religious significance of the Shri Vajreshwari Yogini Temple
According to a popular myth there lived a Rakshasa Kalikala in the region surrounding the site of this temple. This demon apparently out of sheer arrogance purposefully started disturbing the rishis i.e. sages as well as humans in this region. In response, and as a result of becoming fed up of the demon, sage Vashishta took initiative and conducted a “TriChanda” yagna to appeal to the Devi i.e. Goddess for help. Unfortunately, though during the yagna “an offering of ghee” was not provided to Lord Indra (King of Heaven) which upset him, and in his anger hurled his weapon “Vajra” at the yagna. This resulted in the sages praying to the Goddess even more desperately which then led to Goddess appearing in all her glory and not only killing the demon but also humbling the mighty Lord Indra. It was then on Lord Rama’s request that Goddess i.e. Devi stayed back in this region as Vajreshwari, and as a result of which this temple was constructed.
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