Temples in Virar
Virar is a popular tourist spot for many sightseeing points and excursions. There are a number of pilgrim sites located in the region which are worth visiting.
Famous Temples in Virar
Jivdani Mata Temple in VirarThe ancient Jivdani Maa Temple is situated on the Jivdani hill in Virar. In around 17th century, there was a fort named Jivdhan located on this hill. There are some ancient caves within the area of the temple along with the water cisterns. Most of the water cisterns which were believed to have been created by Pandavas have dried up now. The Jivdani hill is famous for Jivdani Devi who is believed to have fled into one of the caves present within the fortifications.
A temple was thus created for Jivdani Mata which is visited by lakhs of women devotee’s especially barren women from the surrounding cities every year. These women go to the caves to make offerings and then invoke the blessings of Jivdani Mata. It is believed that the deity resides in a hole in the niche where pilgrims drop offerings of beetle nuts.
Vajreshwari Temple in VirarVajreshwari is a well known place popular for its temple and hot water springs. In ancient puranas, this place is mentioned as a place blessed with the footsteps of Lord Rama and Lord Parshurama. Vajreshwari was well known as Vadvali during the medieval ages and was named Vajreshwari after the reincarnation of Vajrayogini in the region. Chimaji Appa had set a camp in the vicinity at Ganeshpuri / Akoli to attack the Portuguese.
However, the Portuguese were not defeated even after two years of siege of the fort, so Chimaji Appa prayed to Vajreshwari Goddess that he will build a temple similar to the Vasai Fort if he conquers the fort successfully after defeating Portuguese. And in 1739, Chimaji Appa finally defeated Portuguese and ordered the new Maratha Subhedar “Shri Shankar Keshav Fadke” to build a temple in the owner of
The present temple is a fort like structure standing on a small hill with a number of devotees visiting it every year. Main temple can be reached after climbing around 52 steps which offer for a commanding view of the surrounding area from the temple. This view can be enjoyed most during the monsoon season when all the surrounding fields are cultivated with rice and vegetation appears to be emerald green. Vajreshwari also has hot water springs in Ganeshpuri and Akloli which are considered as a must bathe place for the devotees visiting the temple.
Chandika Mandir in VirarThere is a hillock visible on the east side from train as we enter the Vasai Taluka region. On the top of this hillock is a small and beautiful temple which is dedicated to the Goddess Chandikadevi. Main temple is quite old and was built during the Pandava period.
It is believed by the natives of Juchanra that the mother Goddess is their Kuldevta who answers to all their prayers. The structure of the temple was created recently in progressive phases with the donations from the devotees. Untiring efforts are made by the trustees of the temple to further develop the temple and make it accessible to the devotees.
Temple premises are often used to celebrate Navratri festival which is enjoyed by the devotees with great enthusiasm. Some of the main themes during navratri are wrestling competitions, music, folk dance and garba.