Vindhyachal Local

Maa Vindhyavasini Temple

Vindhyachal Temple, popularly called Vindhyachal Dham, is located in the Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. The temple is dedicated to Maa Vindhyavasini, an embodiment of the omnipresent Goddess Durga, and is an important religious site among devotees from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Maa Vindhyavasini is located on the premises of Vindhyachal Temple, and there are also temples of several deities, such as Goddess Kali, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Shiva, Radha-Krishna, Hanuman, and Bhairava. Mother Vindhyavasini herself is depicted seated on a lion and is one of the trinity of Hindu deities, representing Goddess Lakshmi. Maa Vindhyavasini Temple welcomes the arrival of devotees day and night, and especially on Tuesdays and full moon days, there is a huge crowd. Darshan can be enjoyed during the holy days of Navratri when there is no space even to keep
This famous temple, dedicated to Ma Vindhyavasini or Ma Vindhyachal wali, is the epicenter of the whole divine city Vindhyachal. Situated exactly on the banks of the river Ganga at Vindhyachal, Ma Vindhyavasini temple is the most prime time of the whole Vindhyachal area. Actually, this is not a single temple, but a complex of many temples dedicated to many deities e.g. Goddess Kali, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Shiva, Divine duo Radha- Krishna, Lord Hanuman, and Lord Bhairava. However, the most prime among them is a temple dedicated to Ma Vindhyavasini itself.

The majority of the idols in this temple complex, including that of Ma Vindhyavasini, are of black stone. The Vindhyavasini Devi is depicted as seated on the Lion. She represents Goddess Lakshmi out of the trinity of Hindu Goddesses.

The Vindhyavasini temple is visited by a huge number of people every day, especially Tuesday and Full Moon Day. In the pious days of Navaratri (Literal Meaning- Nine Nights), a huge crowd of devotees comes to get the blessings of Ma Vindhyavasini.

Ma Vindhyavasini is popularly also called by her devotees as ‘Vindhyachal Maï’ (Mother of Vindhyachal) or ‘Vindhyavasini Maï’ (Mother Vindhyavasini). She is considered Family Goddess (Kul Devi), Protecting Goddess (Rakshak Devi) as well as Regional Goddess (Kshetra Devi) of two states of India; Bihar as well as Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Mythologically, Maa Vindhyavasini is Mahishasur Mardini (Killer of demon Mahishasur), as enumerated in Chapter Durga Saptashati of Markandey Purana.
Mantra of Mother Vindhyavasini: Om Hreem Mahalakshmai Namah (ॐ ह्रीं महालक्ष्म्यै नमः)