Thursday, 19 February 2015

Lonavala’s Ekvira Temple: adored by locals and tourists

Undoubtedly one of the best places to unwind and enjoy some pleasant natural surroundings, Lonavala gets a large number of weekend tourists and vacationers every year. Besides vast expanses of lush greenery and a serene atmosphere, the Lonavala holiday packages also include trips to the most interesting attractions of this region. One of them is the Ekvira Temple or Ekvira Mandir, located close to yet another fascinating attraction, the Karla Caves. This temple is revered by the local Koli community, and is visited by thousands of tourists and devotees annually.
Tourists and devotees visiting this temple have to ascend about 500 steps in order to get to it. State transport buses and auto-rickshaws available at Lonavala would help them in reaching Ekvira Temple without any hassles. The restaurants in Lonavala offer delicious varieties of local cuisine, and they can try some of these delicacies on their way to this temple. It is located at a distance of about 8 kilometres from Lonavala. According to the local legends, the temple was built by Pandavas of the Hindu epic text, Mahabharata. When Pandavas visited this region during their exile, Goddess Ekvira appeared before them and instructed them to construct a temple for her.

In order to test the devotion of Pandavas, Goddess Ekvira put forth a condition that the temple must be built overnight. The Pandavas succeeded in this task and constructed the temple in one night. Impressed by the immense devotion of Pandavas, the Goddess granted them a boon that they would not be discovered by anybody during their period of exile. Be it a weekend holiday in Lonavala or a long vacation, this temple is definitely worth exploring for every tourist. Accommodation in any of the hotels or resorts in the hill station would make it easier for them to visit this revered temple.