Koli Temple (Aai Ekvira Temple), Maharashtra

Koli Temple (Aai Ekvira Temple)

Location: Situated outside the central prayer hall of the well known Karla Caves, Koli Temple or the Aai Ekvira Temple lies at a distance of 8 km from the heart of the Lonavala city. From the Shivnari Bus stop, this sacred shrine is 5 km away, therefore can be accessed easily.

Description: Koli temple holds special importance among the Koli community, which consists of fishermen. Dedicated to Goddess Shree Aai Ekvira, who is believed to be the mother of Shree Parshu Ram, this temple is thronged by the Koli tribe all around the year. Three shrines which face towards the west are housed in the temple. Gopura, Maha mandapa and Varsha mandapa are present in front of the shrines. Well preserved southern and central facing shrines are also present within the complex. On various festive celebrations, animals are sacrificed at this place. Usually chickens or goats are sacrificed to fulfill personal wishes and it is believed that some kind of majestic powers are possessed by the goddess.

Activities: Tourists, especially history buffs, must visit various forts that lie at a short distance from this temple. Some of the most famous forts of the region are Rajmachi Fort, Tikona Fort and Lohagad fort.

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