Lakheshwari Temple (लखेश्वरी माता मंदिर) is situated in Gwalior district and very near to Bhitarwar village. It is located at hilltop (460 ft) and surrounded by lush green forest. It is one of the famous Goddess temples of the region and pilgrims from surrounding regions visit this place and take the blessing. Tourists/ Pilgrims have to climb more than 700 steps to reach the main campus or temple.
A few weeks ago, Youth Hostel Group has planned to go on an excursion trip to the place nearby the city. Our discussion stopped at one name i.e Lakheshwari Mata Mandir. 10 members gave their confirmation for the same. We hired two cars for this trip and planned it for next Sunday.
At 6:00 pm, we all met at One point and left for the destination. Lakeshwari Temple is 75 km from Gwalior via Ghatigaon, Aaron, and Rani-Ghati. Roads were good and both side village environment. Enroute to our destination, we stopped at Rani Ghati.
Rani-Ghati: Once upon a time, Rani Ghati was known as the ‘land of decoits’ but now what fascinates is their stories. There is one small fortress, on the hilltop which includes a lot of temples and forest area.
After one quick at Rani Ghati Temple, we moved to our Final destination i.e Lakheshwari Temple.
Lakheshwari Temple (लखेश्वरी मंदिर): It is a temple of Hindu goddess Durga and famous around the region. Once upon a time, It was famous as ‘Deity of Dacoits’ and on the important religious occasions, pilgrims and tourists from various places come to the temple and take blessings.
Beyond religious place, Lakheshwari Temple is known for trekking, wildlife photography, Birdwatching, a family picnic and a lot more. I suggest all of you visit it once with your family and friends.
How to Reach:
Airways: Nearest Airport is in Gwalior (70km). Gwalior is connected to New Delhi, Indore, and Mumbai, on regular basis.
Railways: Nearest Railway Station is Ghatigaon (70km) but few trains stop. Gwalior Railways station best option to take the train, which is directly connected to all the major cities of India.
Roadways: Best option is to hire a taxi from Gwalior. Very few bus option available from Gwalior to Lakheshwari Temple.
Where to Stay: No place to stay at the site So better to stay in Gwalior city.