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Situated near Karla Caves just a few kilometres away from Lonavala in Maharashtra, I am worshipped by a number of people in India and also all over the globe. I am Ekvira Devi Temple in Lonavala. I am worshipped for the Goddess Ekvira who is known as Renuka in many parts of Nepal other than in India. She is the mother of Chiranjivi and who is also called Parashurama.
About Ekvira Aai Temple
I am a Hindu temple in Maharashtra among many other hundreds of them in the state. Karla caves are the landmark for me. Besides these caves I am placed with much more devotion and love since the ages of kings’ rules in India. I am visited in general by the Aagri-Kohli people of the state. Ekvira aai inside me is in majority worshiped also by Daivadnya Brahmins who called her Kuldaivat which means Traditional Deity.
I am visited the most
My place is completely decorated and tinted with colours and flowers and lights during the festival of Navratri and Chaitri Navratra. I have witnessed a lot of animal sacrifices inside me like those of goats and chickens. However there were issues and oppositions for this harassment over the animals but traditionally this majestic and powerful has to accepted anyhow.
Who built Ekvira Temple?
Legend speaks that I was built by the Pandavas when they were in exile as their place for worship when they were away from home and gods. It was an impressive step by them as they had built this temple overnight and did seek the blessings of the God Ekvira Mata/aai who visited them in person. It was recently confirmed that the claims may be right about my origin as the shrines inside me were developed in the 2nd Century and then even in the 10th Century. There are many archaeologists who are working on me and my facts to prove the claims right, one by one.