Vikram Vinayak Temple
Alibag is a small town of the Raigad district of Maharashtra with many good tourism locations. When we talk about tourism nowadays, religious tourism is an interesting one, which involves devotees paying visit to various age old as well as new temples of a region.
About the Vikram Vinayak TempleVikram Vinayak Temple is one of newly made temples of the region. Also popularly known as the Birla Temple, this sanctorum has been built by the renowned Vikram Ispat Industry about 20 kilo meters away from Alibag town.
The temple complex is in a small village named ‘Salav’ on the Alibag-Roha road, inside the well planned residential colony of the Vikram Ispat Industry. This temple complex is pretty big, well maintained and placed on a small hillock near the Salav village. From the top one can get an amazing view of the rugged Konkan belt which stretches till eyes can see. The surrounding jungle area is worth capturing on camera, especially during the
The Vikram Vinayak Temple complex had been tastefully made and is a treat to the eye. It has a milky white marble structure with a huge dome on the top. The design of the temple is contemporary and the overall grandeur is evident once you enter the complex. The floors and the pillars are of polished white marbles with beautiful paintings on the inside walls. The central hall is huge, open from all the sides with state of art transparent ceilings which help in proper ventilation.
The entrance door to the main temple is huge and nicely decorated and in the main sanctorum sits Lord Ganapati’s gorgeous idol. On both sides of Ganapati are the beautiful idols of Riddhi and Siddhi. The main hall is encompassed with small marble temples dedicated to various Hindu Gods like Radha Krishna, Shiv Parvati, Bhavanidevi and Suryadeva. On the outside lawn a life size statue of Late Aditya Birla has been set up by the trustees to pay him tribute.
Temple Timings and ActivitiesThe temple is open for devotees from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and again from 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. every day. Worshippers can take part in the grand Aarti which happens twice everyday and can eat ‘Prasad’ by paying a nominal amount. The main temple is surrounded by well manicured lawn with coloured water fountains. Tourists can also enjoy a lovely view of the huge Vikram Ispat Company on the opposite hillock. The evening view of the temple area is beautiful as lights glow from all sides of the temple and dazzle on the white marble floor and walls.
Tourists must not miss this lovely temple while on a trip to Alibag. Devotees must take part in the evening Aarti, when the whole temple building gets lighted up by bright diyas. One can trek up the well paved roads by the sides of the hill or even take their cars up the winding roads. On both sides of the road are proper sitting arrangements for old and tires people. Many drinking water kiosks are made available for free for the public. Auto stand is also present at the foothill. The overall experience at the Vikram Vinayak Temple is really blissful.