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Vajreshwari and Ganeshpuri Temple visit on a
Monsoon Weekend Trip out of Mumbai
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The religious tourist spot of Vajreshwari is about 72 kms from Mumbai, off the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway.
If you are driving to this place, cross Dahisar Check Naka, go further and cross Pritam's Dhaba, and speed up all the way to Vasai road. Keep an eye on the right side of the road for directions to Vajreshwari as shown in the picture. (if, on the left side of the road, you see a BPCL and IBP petrol pumps in quick succession, you know you have missed the right turn and take the next U-turn you find on the highway). After taking the right, there is a beautiful, scenic (and lush green in monsoon) drive of about 16 kms.
Once on this road, you might also want to pay a
visit to Bhajanson's Cattle Farms. Bhajanson's is a very popular
fresh milk supplier in Mumbai and has shops in almost every suburb of
Mumbai selling everything from fresh milk, pure ghee, to shrikhand! The
Bhajanson's cattle farms, sometimes also called Bhajanson's dairy farms,
are very well maintained, have a decent garden, and as a friend of mine
remarked - "the cattle all looked so healthy and pretty, it seemed as if
they have just been manicured and pedicured!" There is also a shop where
you can buy yourselves some snacks like samosas and other stuff, and
definitely a whole assortment of milk products from piping hot badam milk
(my favorite!) to
Once on this road, after about 15 kms, you need to take left for Ganeshpuri - Nityanand Swami's ashram and a couple of temples. Also a couple of nice hot-water springs. In fact, in and around the Ganeshpuri and Vajreshwari temples you will find many hot water springs - just ask a local! These hot springs are quite rich in sulphur content, and can help in healing many skin ailments.
When you are done with Ganeshpuri, come back on the main road, and
continue further towards Vajreshwari - now only about a km away.
The temple is on a small hillock - and you get a spectacular 360 degree view of the surrounding greenery. Most of the fields in the surrounding areas, are cultivated with rice crop in the monsoon and is a treat to look.
Some views from the temple:
The temple from one of its sides:
Note the hillock at a distance, with the nimbus clouds shrouding it:
And there happens to be a old dilapidated light-house right opposite to the steps leading to the temple:
There is also a nice river further up along the road from Vajreshwari. On the Y-section just after Vajreshwari, take the left, and carry on to the river, and enjoy the drive through the greenery and rice fields.
The official website of the Vajreshwari temple is http://www.vajreshwariyogini.org/index.htm.