Ekvira Temple Lonavala

Ekvira devi temple of Karla town near lonavala with Karla caves

Distance to Ekvira Temple is

  •  8 KM from Lonavala.
  • 5 KM from Central Point Lonavala (Shivnari Bus stop).
  • 49 KM from Pune (Maharastra).
  • 97 KM from Mumbai (Maharashtra).
  • 13.9 KM from Kamshet

The famous Ekvira Aai Mandir is a Hindu temple near the Karla Caves, close to Lonavala and Mumbai in Maharashtra. Goddess Ekvir is worshiped by Hindus and people from other faiths and is right next to the cave.

This temple is a place of worship for the Koli and Agri communities.  While the main goddess is Ekvira Mata, to her left is Jogesvari Devi.  Ekvira Aai temple is located on a hill, and you will need to walk around 500 steps to reach the Mandir.

It is amid the famous Karla caves, which are protected by the Archeological Survey of India.

It’s a temple for the Koli (Fishermen) community located on the Mumbai-Pune highway. It’s also known as Karla caves. The goddess is also called ‘Ekvira Aai’ in Marathi.

During festivals (Navarathri and Chaitra), the Koli people climb the tall mountain, which has man-made 350 steps, to reach the temple and worship Aai Ekvira.

Koli tribes offer animal sacrifices in the temple to Aai Ekvira. They offer goats and chickens.

What is the story of Ekvira AAI?

According to the legend, the Pandavas built the Ekvira AAI temple during their exile in the forest. Once when Pandavas visited this holy place, Ekvira Mata appeared before them. She instructed them to build a temple for her. To test the Pandavas’ Karya Diksha (work ethic), the Goddess put a condition that the construction must be done overnight. The Pandavas then indeed built this beautiful temple in one night. Impressed by the bhakti (devotion) of the Pandavas, the Goddess blessed them and granted the boon that nobody would discover them during their secret exile.

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Climbing up the slop to Ekvira Mata Temple

The temple is located on a hill. One needs to ascend around 500 steps to reach the temple. It is surrounded by Karla caves, which the Archeological Department now protects.

While the main deity is Ekvira Mata, to her left is Jogeswari Devi. One gets an excellent view of the surrounding from the hilltop. Halfway down the hill, there is a temple for the holy feet of the Goddess.

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Water flows on the slop on the 500 steps to Ekvira Mata Temple.

Important Information about Ekvira Devi Temple

The temple is located in the notch of the hill that runs along the Ekvira Devi Road and is enclosed by the Karla caves. To get high up in the Temple, you’ll need to climb up 500 steps.

Address: Ekvira Devi Rd, Karla, Maharashtra 410405

Timings: 5:00 am to 12:00 midnight and 4:00 pm until 9:00 midnight.

Aarti Timings: 5:30 am as well as 7:07 pm are the times of the Maha Aarti

Best time of the year to visit the temple

This temple can be visited anything during the year. Due to its proximity to Lonavala, it has a delightful climate. You can certainly appreciate the beauty of nature as you walk up the steps toward the temple.

You can consider visiting during the rainy season as you can find waterfalls, and the entire Ghat is covered with greenery. This makes the landscapes even more glorified.

The mountain is covered with greenery with spurts of water fountains during the monsoon season. This place is a popular tourist attraction, especially during the monsoon season.

How to Reach Ekvira Temple By Road

Ekvira Temple is situated on the old Mumbai Pune highway. You can use the Mumbai Pune Expressway to get to Lonavala or Lonavala via the old Mumbai Pune highway that runs close to the Expressway. From Lonavala, go on the older Mumbai Pune way and drive toward Pune 10km. You will see a large gate towards Ekvira Aai Temple on the left.

From Pune, take a direction toward Mumbai and take a right turn just before Lonavala for Ekvira temple. Because it is located on the Highway and is a significant location for devotees coming from Mumbai and Pune, there are numerous privately owned and State Transport (ST) busses that can be found to take you to Ekvira temple. From Lonavala, you can rent taxis or an auto to get to Ekvira Aai Temple.

How to Reach Ekvira Temple By Rail

Lonavala is the nearest railway station that can be used to get to Ekvira temple. From Lonavala, tourists can use the ST bus or hire a cab or auto to get to Ekvira. Every one of the Mumbai Pune trains stops at Lonavala station. Tourists will have many ways to get to Ekvira from the station’s premises. Express trains daily that run through Lonavala are:

  • Mumbai- Pune Deccan Queen
  • Mumbai- Pune Deccan Express
  • Mumbai- Pune Pragati Express
  • Mumbai- Pune Sihangad Express
  • Mumbai- Pune Indrayani Express

Reaching Ekvira By Air

Mumbai or Pune Airports in Mumbai and Pune are the nearest airports to Ekvira Temple, Lonavala. If you fly into Mumbai or Pune, you can travel to Lonavala via bus or train and hire a cab to Ekvira temple.

While the main deity is Ekvira Mata, to her left is Jogeswari Devi. One gets an excellent view of the surrounding from the hilltop. Halfway down the hill, there is a temple for the holy feet of the Goddess.

The mountain is covered with greenery with spurts of water fountains during the monsoon season. This place is a popular tourist attraction, especially during the monsoon season.

Ekvira Temple Lonavala
Ekvira Aai Temple (Karla Caves in Lonavala)

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MAP of Ekvira Temple

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