Go here for: Heritage, Pilgrimage, Weekend Break
Vajreshwari, 90 km from Mumbai, lies in the Thane district of
Maharashtra. The destination is renowned as a spiritual centre and
health resort due to the presence of the temple of Goddess Vajreshwari
and hot water springs that is believed to have healing powers.
The town, earlier known as Vadvali was renamed Vajreshwari in honour of
the Goddess. There are multiple folklores explaining the legend of
Vajreshwari. It is believed that the Vajreshwari temple marks the site
where the left breast of Sati Parvati had fallen. Another belief is
that when Lord Indra hurled a thunderbolt or ‘Vajra’ at sage Vashishta,
the one who swallowed it came to be known as Vajreshwari. Also believed
is that the one who entered Indra’s
‘Vajra’ to slay demon ‘Kalikat’ is known as Vajreshwari.
Vajreshwari is mentioned in the ancient ‘Puranas’ or holy book of the
Hindus as a place blessed by the footsteps of Lord Rama and Lord
Parashuram. Legend has it that Lord Parashuram performed a ‘yagna’ or
fire offering and the hills of volcanic ash in Vajreshwari are its
residue. But according to scientists, the presence of sulphur, due to
the volcanic history of the place, is responsible for the healing
powers of the hot water springs in Tansa river bed.
For accommodation, resorts and hotels are available in plenty near the
Vajreshwari temple and the hot water springs. Also one can also avail a
number of accommodations near Vasai and Thane.
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