If you happen to’re like me, then you might be most likely on the lookout for which Devi Maa Durga Temples you possibly can go to this Navratri! And if by any likelihood, you might be additionally primarily based out of Mumbai, then this weblog publish is tailor made for you!
The Mahalakshmi temple in Dahanu, I’m going to speak about right here, is barely about 90 kms. From Borivli and is situated simply touching the Nationwide Mumbai Ahmedabad freeway quantity 8 at Charoti Naka en path to Vapi. When passing by the freeway, preserve a watch for an enormous signboard in inexperienced which leads you to the temple lane.
The most effective factor that I like about this temple is its location – it’s not in Mumbai which takes it away from town chaos however on the identical time, the space is nearly sufficient in order that the journey might be simply performed in a day.
Apparently, Maharashtra is blessed with two different temples with the identical identify aka the Mahalakshmi Temple – one in Kolhapur and the opposite Mahalakshmi Temple in Mumbai itself – each of that are extremely fashionable and really important as effectively.
As somebody who has been born and introduced up in Mumbai, I’ve been to the Mumbai Mahalakshmi temple innumerable occasions since childhood, so once I acquired an opportunity to go to the Dahanu temple for the primary time, I grabbed it with each fingers and a grateful coronary heart.
The deity is a Swayambu. To see the divine picture of Maa engraved as a deity on a rock is nothing in need of some magic!
Hundreds of devotees particularly from the close by areas like Mumbai, Gujarat and from distant too throng this place each day.
There’s a custom of farmers providing their first harvest to Maa Mahalakshmi at this temple yearly. It is a reflection of the immense religion and gratitude they carry for Mata Mahalakshmi… for it’s Her, The Mom, who nourishes them and their household. On the no moon day of the Pitru Paksha, the fortnight of the ancestors, a tribal honest or an Adivasi Mela is held within the temple the place Mata is obtainable numerous varieties of pulses and greens from the fields like Jowar, Bajra, Cauliflower, and many others. to thank the Goddess for her blessings and pray for the happiness, peace and prosperity of their family members.
The locals inform a narrative in regards to the origins of the temple:
As soon as upon a time, Goddess Mahalakshmi launched into a yatra from her abode in Kolhapur. Maa reached Dahanu village round midnight. Since Pandavas had been in exile at that time period, Mom determined to check Bhima in the future and took the type of a fantastic lady. When Bhima noticed the attractive type of Mom all decked up in nice jewellery, he was immediately fascinated and proposed marriage to Her.
On sensing Bhima’s intentions, she put up a situation that if Bhima manages to dam the river Surya in a single night time and divert its water to this village, then She is going to get married to him. Excitedly, Bhima acquired right down to constructing a dam on the river and did an excellent job at it. Simply when he was about to complete the work, she instantly took the type of a rooster and crowed loudly to point dawn. On listening to the rooster crow, a dejected Bhima accomplished the work however accepted his defeat. On this means, the individuals of the village acquired water, however Bhima left empty handed from there.
Thereafter, Mom sat down in a collapse a mountain close to Ranshet village for penance and meditation. As time handed by, the native tribals began coming to the cave to see the Mom. Amongst them, was a girl devotee who went to see the mom despite the fact that she was pregnant. As she was climbing the mountain, she fell unconscious. This saddened Mom and that was the day she declared that individuals will now not must climb the mountain to go to her, she will probably be coming down as a substitute. Mom got here down from the mountain and settled in Valvede village.
True to this story, one can see two temples of Maa Mahalakshmi in Dahanu even at the moment. One temple sits on a hill whereas the opposite is on the foot of the mountain. The temple which is on the base is extra fashionable and a go to right here is alleged to be sufficient to please Goddess Mahalakshmi.
This temple was constructed by Koli king Jayabha Mukne of Jawhar State in 1306 on the institution of Jawhar. What is actually attention-grabbing is that the temple on the base of the mountain faces the temple which is located on prime of the hill. The temple will not be very ornate however could be very lovely; the current construction has been renovated from its earlier work in wooden. Two deepmalas framing the principle entrance to the temple intensify the wonder even additional.
Chants of Jai Mata Di and Jai Ambe lead you to the principle garbhagriha or the sanctum sanctorum the place the picture of the Goddess is a sight to behold. The deity is adorned in recent flower garlands, lotus flowers and gold and silver ornaments and it’s troublesome to not repair your stare upon Her benevolent eyes oozing dazzling splendor. As I’m awe struck at Maa’s Magnificence, there’s one very distinctive factor my eyes are drawn to – Her nostril ring! Within the left aspect of the nostril, Mom wears a silver plated Machli or a fish nostril ring which is one thing that basically differentiates Her kind, from the opposite Goddess Mahalakshmi deities I’ve taken darshan of.
Yearly a pageant is held right here referred to as ‘Mahalaxmi Yatra’ for fifteen days ranging from Hanuman Jayanti, throughout Falgun vadya astami to Chaitra Shudha Ashtami. The Goddess Mahalaxmi is the household deity of tribes, so in the course of the festive interval, the tribals prepare a particular cultural dance referred to as taarpa dance which is a good way to reinforce your yatra expertise.
In Chaitra Navratri, there’s a custom of providing flag to the Goddess within the temple. Throughout this custom, the flag of the current Raja of Mukne Dynasty of Jawhar is obtainable to the Mom’s temple. The flag is introduced by Narayan Satava, the priest of of Vaghadi village.
Nearest airport is Chathrapati Shivaji worldwide Airport whose distance is 108 Km (roughly 4 -5 hours to Palghar relying on the site visitors)
By Bus / Automotive / Autos:
You possibly can simply attain the temple by your non-public cabs or autos. It’s effectively linked to main close by cities like Mumbai (114 km), Nashik (130 km), Pune (249 km) and Thane (97 km), Mira Highway (88km).
It took us round 2 hours to succeed in the temple in our automotive from Borivali.
Alternatively, you possibly can go for common Maharashtra State Highway Transport Company buses which can be found from Mumbai, Thane, Mira Highway, Nasik to Palghar and Dahanu Highway.
Frequent buses are additionally out there from the Dahanu Highway railway station.
In case you are travelling from Thane, you possibly can test these buses which cease close to the temple — 125AC, 492LTD, 56, 60, 75, C-61
A really handy choice to succeed in the Mahalakshmi Temple in Dahanu are the native trains. From Mumbai, you possibly can board the trains from virtually all the most important stations like Bandra, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Kalyan, Bhayandar and Virar.
When you attain Dahanu Highway Station, share autos can be found from Dahanu Highway Railway station to Charoti Naka and from Charoti Naka to the temple.
6.00 am To 9.00 pm. and Arati Time (Nayeved) 7.00 am and seven.00 pm.
Greatest time to go to is early mornings or throughout arti occasions. Additionally, throughout Diwali and Navratri occasions, the temple will get a festive makeover and is a good time to be current on the temple. Simply preserve a watch for it each time you might be reaching Mumbai from the Nationwide freeway.
- Mahalakshmi Temple Dahanu has a complete of 900 steps to succeed in the hill prime.
- The temple premises could be very effectively maintained and clear with wash rooms for women and gents.
- There aren’t many eateries and visitor homes round as individuals typically come for darshan and go away so it’s higher to plan accordingly.
- For extra particulars go to official web site http://www.mahalaxmidahanu.com/
- Contact Quantity: +91 76660 58176