Auto fare from Vasai Road (East) to Tungareshwar (to-and-fro) – How much I Paid?

It was Sunday morning (less crowded train), I and two friends were visiting Tungareshwar Temple at Vasai East via Mumbai’s local train.

I was at Andheri Railway Station a little before 6 am to catch the 6:05 am Virar slow train.

IInd ordinary ticket was purchased from Andheri to Vasai Road (to and fro) for Rs. 20 only/per person.

The local train (Slow) was on time and less crowded (You may take Fast also at 5:51 am & 6 am).

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Andheri Railway Station till Vasai Road local train journey time approx. 45 minutes.

We walk towards the East side. There were autos lined up outside Vasai Road Railway Station (East).

I enquire with an auto wala – How much for Tungareshwar?

Rs. 250 – He said.

I walk further and ask another auto wala.

Rs. 50 per person – He said.

We were three passengers but auto wala require five passengers for the journey.

The question: Auto fare from Vasai Road (East) to Tungareshwar – How much I Paid?

Finally, for Rs. 200 he was ready for the journey with three of us.

15-20 minutes/8 km journey approx., we reach Tungar Phata (Tungareshwar temple gate – below National Highway bridge).

Road-condition from Vasai Road to Tungar Phata was not excellent as compare to my last visit (March, 2021) due to rainy season.

Vasai Road till Tungar Phata (Tungareshwar temple gate) – Rs. 40 per person – I paid to auto during my last visit.

Last time during my visit, autos coming from Vasai Road are allowed only till Tungar Phata (Tungareshwar temple gate).

Tungar Phata (Tungareshwar temple gate) to Tungareshwar forest gate, you may hire another auto for Rs. 10 per person.

But this time the auto dropped us till Tungareshwar forest gate.

Tungar Phata (Tungareshwar temple gate – below National Highway bridge) till Tungareshwar temple is a 3.5 km distance.

Tungareshwar forest gate, you may hire another auto till Tungareshwar temple or walk/trek.

While returning, at Tungareshwar forest gate we hired an auto for Rs. 50 per person till Vasai Road Railway Station (East).

Thus, Auto fare from Vasai Road (East) to Tungareshwar (to-and-fro) total amount we paid for three passengers – Rs. 350 only.

History of Shri Sundar Narayan Temple – Built in 1756 A.D.

1) This temple was built by Sardar Shri Gangadhar Yashwant Chandrachud in the year 1756 A.D. (Shalivahan Shak (year) 1678).

2) The total cost of construction was Rs. 10,00,000 (10 Lakh).

3) This temple is built in such a way that each year, on the 20th & 21st of March, at sunrise, the sun rays fall on the feet of the God Vishnu (Shri Sundar Narayan).

4) Since the time of Peshwas, a yearly grant of Rs. 802/- is given by the government to the temple.

5) The statue of Shri Sundar Narayan is at the center. On the right is Goddess Shri Laxmi and to the left is Goddess Shri Vrunda. Their carrier (vahana) Shri Garud sits in the front.

6) The mythological story of this temple can be found in the holy book ‘Kartik Mahatmya’.

7) It is believed that on the day of Vaikunth Chaturdarshi, in the month of November, Shri Sundar Narayan (Hari, Vishnu) meets Shri Kapaleshwar (Shiv, Mahadev). This is known as the Hari-Har meet.

8) There are idols of a standing Ganesha, Kal Bhairav (Shiv), and Maruti (Hanuman) in a sitting posture.

9) In the year 1848 A.D., the dome of this temple was struck by lightning, causing damage to it.

10) Every year, as per the Tithi of Hindu calendar, there is a festival for 6-7 days.

11) This festival is held in November/December from Dashmi (10th day of waxing moon) to Pratipada (first day after full moon).

(Source: Display/Notice Board at Shri Sundar Narayan Temple)

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About: The Birth of Keoladeo Ghana National Park

This region was initially a low-lying area subject to seasonal flooding and historically once part of the river Yamuna‘s flood plain. In the eighteenth century, Maharaj Suraj Mal, ruler of the State of Bharatpur, built the Ajan Bund, a 3270-ha impoundment. The bund had two purposes; one to prevent floods and also as a water reservoir for agricultural purposes. During 1850-1899 Prince Harbhamji of Morvi State in Gujarat modified the area considerably, by devising a system of canals and dykes for controlling water. This was done to develop this area into a duck shoot reserve and provide grazing avenues for the village cattle.

यह क्षेत्र शुरू में मौसमी बाढ़ के अधीन एक निचला क्षेत्र था और ऐतिहासिक रूप से एक बार यमुना नदी के बाढ़ मैदान का हिस्सा था। अठारहवीं शताब्दी में, भरतपुर राज्य के शासक महाराज सूरजमल ने 3270 हेक्टेयर भूमि पर अजान बांध का निर्माण कराया था। बाँध के दो उद्देश्य थे; एक बाढ़ को रोकने के लिए और कृषि उद्देश्यों के लिए जल भंडार के रूप में भी। 1850-1899 के दौरान गुजरात में मोरवी राज्य के राजकुमार हरभमजी ने पानी को नियंत्रित करने के लिए नहरों और बांधों की एक प्रणाली तैयार करके क्षेत्र में काफी बदलाव किया। ऐसा इस क्षेत्र को बत्तख शूट रिजर्व के रूप में विकसित करने और गांव के मवेशियों के लिए चराई के अवसर प्रदान करने के लिए किया गया था।

(Source: Display/Notice Board at Keoladeo Ghana National Park)

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About: Omkareshwar (Lord of the Om Sound) Jyotirlinga

Omkareshwar Temple is one of the highly revered Jyotirlinga and is located on an island called Shivapuri in the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh. The word Omkareshwar means “Lord of Omkara” or the Lord of the Om Sound! According to the Hindu scriptures, once upon a time, there ensued a great war between the Devas and Danavas (God and Demons), in which the Danavas won. This was a major setback for the Devas who then prayed to Lord Shiva. Pleased with their prayer, Lord Shiva emerged in the form of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and defeated the Danavas. This place is thus considered to be highly sacred by the Hindus.

(Source: Display/Notice Board at Babulnath Temple in MumbaiMaharashtra)

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About: Kashi Vishwanath Temple – The Dearest to Lord Shiva

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located in the most revered site in the world – Kashi! It is situated amidst the crowded lanes of the holy city of Banaras (Varanasi). More than the Ghats and Ganga of Varanasi, the Shivalinga remains the devotional focus of the pilgrims. It is believed that Banaras is the site at which the first Jyotirlinga manifested its supremacy over other gods, broke through the earth’s crust, and flared towards heaven. This temple is said to be the dearest to Lord Shiva, and the people believe that those who die here achieve liberation. Many believe that Shiva himself resided here and is the giver of liberation and happiness. This temple has been rebuilt several times but always continued to hold its ultimate significance.

(Source: Display/Notice Board at Babulnath Temple in Mumbai (Maharashtra)

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About: Mallikarjuna Temple – Kailash of the South

The Mallikarjuna Temple is situated on the Shri Shaila Mountain, on the banks of the Krishna River in the southern part of Andhra Pradesh. It is also known as “Kailash of the South” and is one of the greatest Shaivite shrines in India. The presiding deities at this temple are Mallikarjuna (Shiva) and Bhramaramba (Devi). According to the Shiva Purana, Lord Ganesha was married off before Kartikeya which left Kartikeya angered. He went away to the Kraunch Mountain. All the Gods tried to console him but in vain. Ultimately Shiva-Parvati themselves travelled to the mountain but were turned away by Kartikeya. Seeing their son in such a state they were very hurt and Shiva assumed the form of a Jyotirlinga and resided on the mountain by the name of Mallikarujna. Mallika means Parvati, while Arjuna is another name of Shiva. It is believed by the people that just seeing the tip of this mountain one is emancipated of all sins and becomes free from the vicious cycle of life and death.

(Source: Display/Notice Board at Babulnath Temple in MumbaiMaharashtra)

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