Temples in Thane
Thane has predominantly Maharshtrian culture and festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Gudhi Padwa and Durga Puja are celebrated with much more enthusiasm. Thane is lined up with religious spots and temples here are of great attraction. Below are summarized certain temples that are visited by millions of tourists and localites every year.
Kopineshwar Temple Thane
Thakurdwar Temple Thane
Vajreshwari Temple Thane
Location- Vajreshwari temple is situated on the banks of river Tansa which lies in Bhiwandi city in Thane District of Maharashtra.
Distance- It is a 1 hr journey from Thane.The nearest rail station for Vajreshwari from the eastern suburbs of Mumbai is Thane Station.Thane is around 34 km from Vajreshwari.
Vajreshwari Temple is named after its primary residing deity 'Vajreshwari' who is considered an incarnation of goddess Parvati or Aadi-Maya on earth. The legend behind the establishment of this temple says that a demon named Kalikut troubled the rishis in the region of Vadvali. So the priests raged a fire offering to the goddess in eturn to the war raised by the demons. In the procession , an offering was not made to Lord Indra due to which he was furious and threw his Vraja (powerful weapon) at the yajna. The priests prayed to goddess to calm down the terror. This made goddess appear and she swallowed the vraja and also killed the demons. Rama requested and thanked the goddess and asked her to stay at Vadavali and be known as Vrajeshwari.
The entrance of the temple is marked by a drum house and also fortified by a stone wall. There are 52 steps that lead to the shrine and a golden tortoise is carved on one of the steps which is worshiped as Kurma, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is divided into 3 sections, inner sanctum which houses 6 idols, another sanctum and Garbha graha which houses the saffron idol of goddess Vrajeshwari with a sword and mace in both her hands and a trishula besides her in the centre.
The temple organizes Navratri festivals and fairs. The Shivratri festival and Godhadebuwa Jayanti are also celebrated along with other Hindu Festivals.
Shri Laxmi Narayan Mandir Thane
Location- Naupada Road
Distance- Distance between Thane to the temple is 42km. From the airport it is 27 km to the temple.
Laxmi Narayan temple is a private temple built in the early 1905 and it houses the idol of Lord Lakshmi Narayan which is 3 feet in height and made of marble. The entire premises is built in an area of 500 sqft approximately. Festivals like Champa Shasthi and Gokula Astami are celebrated with great enthusiasm and attract a lot of devotees.
Vitthal Sayanna Datta Mandir
Location- Ambalika Building, Thane
Distance- It is situated close to Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg and is just 40 km from Central Mumbai.
Lord Dattaraya is the residing deity in this temple and has a large assembly hall supported by 26 beautiful pillars. Datta jayanti, a famous festival is organized here which continues for eight days and has a crowd of lakhs during this festival.
Shri Nath Temple Thane
The best time to visit Thane in particular is from September to March. The closest airport terminal is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International terminal in Mumbai and from there, trains, buses and cars are always available.