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).
The famous Ekvira Aai Mandir is a Hindu temple found near the Karla Caves very close to Lonavala and Mumbai in Maharashtra. Goddess Ekvir is worshiped by Hindus and people from other faith too and is right next to the cave. This temple is a place of worship for the Koli and Agri community. 
 
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 in the midst of the famous Karla caves, which are protected by the Archeological Survey of India.
 
Ekvira Temple Lonavala
Climbing up the slop to Ekvira Mata Temple

It’s a temple for the Koli (Fishermen) community and is 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.

According to the legend, this temple was constructed by the Pandavas 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 Karya Diksha (work ethic) of the Pandavas, the Goddess laid 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 will discover them during their secret exile.

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.

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 towards 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.

Days of WeekTimings
Sunday 07:00 am – 08:00 pm
Monday 07:00 am – 08:00 pm
Tuesday 07:00 am – 08:00 pm
Wednesday 07:00 am – 08:00 pm
Thursday 07:00 am – 08:00 pm
Friday 07:00 am – 08:00 pm
Saturday 07:00 am – 08:00 pm
Ekvira Temple Lonavala
Water flow on the slop on the 500 steps to Ekvira Mata Temple


During monsoon season, the mountain is covered with greenery with spurts of water fountains. 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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