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The Magnificent Vajreshwari Temple of Bhiwandi

Created on Wed, 24-02-2016

Peshwa Bajirao

This statuesque Hindu temple, located in the town of Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, was earlier known as Vadvali. However, its name was soon changed to Vajreshwari to honour the deity presiding at the temple. Here are 3 reasons why you must visit this nearly 300 year old temple.


This temple was constructed by the orders of Chinmaji Appa, the younger brother of Peshwa Bajirao, in order to commemorate his victory over the Portuguese after a three-year long war. In fact, the main entrance gate of the temple was built by the Gaikwads, the Maratha dynasty of Baroda.


The primary deity of the temple - Vajreshwari, is considered to be the reincarnation of Parvati. It is believed that she had appeared at the site of the temple to defeat the Rakshasa (demon) Kalikut, who used to trouble the sages and the villagers, and that she still presides in the town as a request from Lord Rama.

Structure of the temple

Surrounded by a stone wall, the temple has an appearance of a well-guarded fort. The main shrine of the temple is divided into three parts, and a golden tortoise has been carved on one of the 52 steps leading to the shrine, devoted to the tortoise form of Vishnu, Kurma.

This magnificent temple is surrounded by 21 hot water springs, presenting it as a calm and serene sight that comes alive with a bustling energy during the festival of Navratri.


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