Shree Vajreshwari Devi – An incarnation of Goddess Parvati

Shree Vajreshwari Devi Mandir, Vajreshwari Town, Thane (Maharashtra, India)

Shree Vajreshwari Devi temple is situated at Vajreshwari Town in Thane district, Maharashtra.

History of Maa Vajreshwari Devi Temple:

Years ago Kalikaal – The demon was troubling people and to get rid of the demon, sages under the guidance of Rishi Vashishta performed Trichandi Yagya. As Indra – The King of devtas was not part of the Yagya he hurled Vajra (thunderbolt) which causes worries among rishis (sages) and people. They prayed to Goddess to save them.

To save sages and people Goddess Parvati swallowed Vajra. Thus, Lord Rama said as you have saved people and swallowed Indra Vajra you will be known as ‘Vajreshwari Devi’ and will stay in the region forever. Thus, Shree Vajreshwari Devi is also known as an incarnation of Goddess Parvati.

During the Peshwa era, Mumbai till Daman were under Portuguese rule. As they were troubling locals, the news was heard by Shrimant Chimaji Appa and he started proceeding toward Vasai fort with the army. He prayed to Goddess Vajreshwari that if he conquers the Vasai fort he will rebuild the temple as a fort. His prayers were accepted. Vasai fort was conquered. The Flag was hosted. In the year 1738, he built a temple equal to a fort.