Vajreshwari , Vasai

Vajreshwari is well known for its temple and hot water springs. It is mentioned in ancient “Puranas” as a place blessed by the footsteps of Lord Rama and Lord Parshurama.

In medieval ages Vajreshwari was known as Vadvali. It was called Vajreshwari after reincarnation of Vajrayogini in the region. Chimaji Appa, on his way to attack the Portuguese fort of Vasai, had set camp in the vicinity at Ganeshpuri / Akloli.

However, even after two years of siege of the fort the Portuguese were not defeated, so Chimaji Appa prayed and offered to the goddess at the Vajraeshawari temple that he will build a temple similar to the Vasai fort if he was successful and conquered the fort defeating the Portuguese. In 1739 the Portuguese were finally defeated; Chimaji Appa ordered the new Maratha ‘Subhedhar’ – Shri Shankar Keshav Fadkhe to build the Vajreshwari temple as promised to the goddess.

The present day temple is the original fort like structure still standing on a small hill and attracting many devotees.
There are about 52 steps to up to the main temple. It offers a commanding view of surrounding area from the temple. The view is most beautiful during the monsoons when all the surrounding fields are cultivated with rice fields and all the vegetation appears emerald green.

There are hot water springs in the Vajreshwari area as well as in Ganeshpuri and Akloli. The hot water springs are considered a must bathe for ajraeshawari devotees.The springs are rich in sulfur content and are believed to cure many skin ailments.

Nearest railway station : Vasai (Western Railway)

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