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Ekvira Aai Mandir
Ekveera Devi
DistrictPune Tahsil = Maval
DeityEkvira Devi
FestivalsNavratri, chytra Palkhi Festival (march, April)
LocationKarla Caves
Ekvira is located in Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra
Geographic coordinates18°47′00″N 73°28′14″E / 18.78333°N 73.47056°E / 18.78333; 73.47056Coordinates: 18°47′00″N 73°28′14″E / 18.78333°N 73.47056°E / 18.78333; 73.47056

In Hinduism, Goddess Ekvira (also worshipped as Bhavani in different parts of India and Nepal) is the Mother Goddess and swayambhu i.e. Self Evolved.

Ekvira Aai Mandir[edit]

The Ekvira Aai Mandir is a Hindu temple located near the Karla Caves near Lonavala in Maharashtra, India. Here, the worship of the goddess Ekvira is carried on right next to the caves, once a center of Buddhism. The temple is a prime spot of worship for the Tribal Coastal Koli People. But along with the Koli (fisherman) folk, Aai Ekvira is worshipped by many communities, especially those belonging to the Agri, CKP Daivadnya Brahmins & somewhat Bhandari and Kunbi caste as their presiding family deity, Kuldaivat. This temple-complex originally consisted of three alike shrines built in a row all facing west. Of these, the central and the southern shrines are preserved in full and rest of the structures are preserved only on plan and that too brought to light in the clearance work. Maha-mandapa, varsha-mandapa and gopura are situated in front of these three shrines and these three shrines are surrounded by sixteen shrines of additional parivara devatas. The devotees throng the temple on all occasions of Navaratri and Chaitri Navratra to worship and celebrate. It is believed that the Goddess has magical powers.[1]


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 are now protected by the Archeological department. While the main deity is Ekvīrā Mātā, to her left is Jogeśvarī Devi. One gets an excellent view of the surrounding from the hill top. Halfway down the hill, there is a temple for the holy feet of the Goddess.

Goddess Ekvira Temple and karla Caves


  1. ^ Subodh Kapoor (1 July 2002). The Indian Encyclopaedia. Cosmo Publications. p. 2042. ISBN 978-81-7755-257-7. Retrieved 23 April 2012.

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