Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Visit to Goddess



Visiting Ekviradevi (Goddess) was a perfect venue for a family trip. Off we were by our car. But the car only took us half way the mountain, further we had to walk to the top.

Before starting to climb, I suggested we do pait-pooja (literal translation would be stomach-worship, actually eating) before dev-pooja (God worship), which was at once turned down by my mother. She wanted it other way. But I won with majority and we headed to a restaurant. After pait-pooja, when the bill was placed on our table, we were dumbfounded. It was almost double. We paid reluctantly and started our journey.

The refreshments from the vendors along the way helped us in skipping the heat. Lime juice, Kokam juice, buttermilk, cucumber, we were enjoying. As we reached the top, we were panting. But was worth as the view down the hill was beautiful. The only disappointment was the long queue to reach the shrine of the Goddess. We took turns to stand in the queue. I felt pleasant as I stood before the Goddess idol. I prayed for family's betterment.

The Karla cave next to the temple is also interesting. It’s dated 4th century. The carvings and statues hinted Buddha era. We took a couple of shots.

The view down the hill was very beautiful. The dried land and rocks cued us of the beautiful scenery in the rainy season. The same dry land would be covered with plush green fields. The water would be flowing down the same dried water path.

We made our minds to be back in the rains, unanimously.


  1. I live in Mumbai, we reached there by car. It took 2-2.5 hours to reach there. Its better t go there in early hours so that you are already there at the top in the afternoon. Also in rainy season, it would be scenic.

    How to reach Khandala and Lonavala, Maharashtra.
    (Lonavala and Khandala are the hill stations)
    By air:
    Closest airport is at Pune, which is almost at a distance of 66 kms away.

    By rail:
    Lonavala is on the main railway line between Mumbai and Pune. So, all express trains plying between these two cities stop here. It takes 3 hours from Mumbai to Lonavala. The Lonavala railway station is near the fruit market.

    By roads:
    Good networking of roads establishes connectivity of Khandala and Lonavala of Maharashtra with other places of the state. By road, one needs to travel almost 104 kms from Mumbai to Lonavala. Lonavla is 66kms from Pune.

  2. Thanks a lot. :) Indeed a usual info

  3. You are most welcome, Jeeves :)


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