Jivdani Mata (Maa, Mother) Temple in Virar

Jivdani temple is the most famous temple across Vasai Virar belt. Nearest train station to reach there is Virar. As you get off the train, proceed to East side exit. As you come out of the station, shared autos ply to the foothills where temple is located. They charge Rs. 7/- (as of July 2011) per head and carry four passengers (three in the back and one along with the driver; sometimes can also accommodate two passengers on either side along with driver). There is also ample space for parking if somebody choose to come via own conveyance.

There are two options to reach the temple – one is you may take stairs. I heard they are 1,100 in number (not verified). Another way is that they have a lift (udan khatola) that charges Rs. 150/- per head. There is temple shoe stand on the foothills itself. You may choose to deposit your footwear there if you are concerned with security. However, if you are taking steps then you may deposit the footwear in any shop while you climb (in return you have to buy prasad from them).

I took the stair route. Temple authority has made good arrangements. Steps are properly maintained and comfortable even if you are climbing barefoot. They are sheds covering them at frequent intervals thereby saves from direct sunlight and rains. Also, pavements are built on either side so that people can sit and relax while climbing. You get a nice scenic view of entire Virar stretch once you climb up. Total climb time would approx take 45 to 60 minutes for an average individual.

On reaching top, temple is maintained in very good shape. Queuing, waiting areas etc are proper laid in concrete. Darbaar of Jivdani mata is really marvelous. You may also choose to climb further up which takes 5 minutes. There is a flat big platform to sit, relax and take view of both sides of mountains. Also, there are couple of small temples (kali mata etc). There are some basic light refreshment available (popcorns, local ice cream, cucumber etc).

Return journey is easy. It takes just 20-25 minutes to descend. Then for return you can take the share auto from the rickshaw stand.

1 Comment
  1. priya gurbani says:
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

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