Travelogue – Series 12… Temples outskirts of Mumbai

In continuation of my Travelogue Series…

I have discovered “Incredible India” travelling extensively and took the opportunity to share my awesome experiences of the rich Indian Culture through my blogs…..

Dombivli’s history dates back to the medieval period and no major archaeological evidences of her early habitation have been found.The earliest inhabitant known was addalal. Dombivli was first documented in the year 1075 by King Harpal Dev on stone inscriptions, situated at Mahul village near the Turbhe port. However, the stone writings in Dombivli referring to its existence during the years 1396-97 confirms the fact.

The Portuguese stationed themselves at several places when they came to Dombivli. Existence of Dombivli can also be traced back approximately in the year 1730 during the Peshwa rule. In the 19th century, farmers cultivated paddy and sold it in the areas from Kalyan to Mumbai.

Dombivli is surrounded by the ruins from the following villages.

Chole village, Thakurli (E) Ayre village towards East, Patharli village towards South, and Thakurli East towards North Dombivli witnessed the residence of many remarkable people incl. late Shri. Manohar Govind Mokashi, a freedom fighter, and the founder member of “Rashtriya Shikshan Sanstha” and chief promoter of Dombivli Nagari Sahakari Bank Ltd..

Unclear of how the city got her name, some historians believe that the stringent caste system, then prevailing in India gave Dombivli her identity. During the 14th century, Thakurs lived in an area called “Thakurli” today, whereas “Patharwats” lived in today’s “Patharli”. Lower caste people or “Dombas” (performed the last Hindu rites of cremating the dead) lived in “Dombivli”. Since “Dombas” was amongst such sub castes so it is believed that the presence of these settlers at the place gave this town its present-day name “Dombivli”.

In this write-up I shall share the photos of Ganesh Ghol Mandir, Datta Mandir and the Khidkaali Shiv Mandir – all located in close proximity to each other

One of the interesting places to visit  at outskirts of Dombivili – Ganesh Ghol Mandir at Shil Phata Road near Mumbra – Thane District . This becomes a beautiful spot to visit during monsoon with very small waterfalls and greenery on mountain. .c1





Enroute, you can also visit the   Shree Datta Mandir on the Old Pune Road  near Shilphata –  Kalyanphata junction Mumbra, 

As soon as one enters the shrine, one loses track of time and of the external world.

near the entrance, a boat like structure is made with idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana.

Most of the important festivals such as Guru Pournima and Datta Jayanti are celebrated in the temple on a grand scale.


The Khidkaleshwar Temple located at Shil-phata Road, dating back to 17th Century AD, dedicated to Lord Shiva was built by the Pandavas during their Aranyavasam. The shrine is surrounded by the Khidkali Lake and the localites feed bread to tortoises and fishes breeding in this lake. Temple Trustee of the Khidkaleshwar Temple organizes fairs on the eve of MahaShivratri which attracts devotees from far off places.

Once when Pānḍavās visited this place during AraṇyavasāmYudhiṣhṭhira wanted to perform Śiva pūja. So the Pānḍavās built this temple for Yudhiṣhṭhir‘s pūja. This temple thus is very ancient and the diety here was worshipped by many over the years.

The present temple structure was built in around 17 century. Inside the main temple there are other ancient idols of Lord GaneśaHanumān. The temple is situated on the banks of the Khiḍkali Lake.

There are several small temples nearby :  Dattātreya,  Hanumān and other Gurūs. There is a small park inside the temple campus for recreation of kids.

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