Ambaji Mata Devasthan
Goddess Arasuri Amba
Shree Arasuri Ambaji Temple located around 50 km away from Mount abu, in dist Banaskantha of Gujarat, is among the 51 Shakti Pithas. This is the principal shrine of a goddess who has been worshiped since the pre-Vedic period. She is often referred to as Arasuri Amba, named for the location of the temple in the Arasur hills, near the source of the Saraswati river at the south-western end of the Aravali mountain range.
There is no idol of goddess the holy “Shree Visa Yantra” is worshiped as the main deity. The Yantra having kurma back convex shape and 51 Bij letters therein, connected with that of the original Yantras of Nepal and Ujjain Shakti Piths, is also ritually installed in such a way it can be visible for devotion, i.e. one can not see the Yantra with a naked eye. The original impression of Ambaji mata is on gabbar hilltop i.e. 5 kms away and can be reached by walking on stairs or Rope Way.
Temple is originally built by Nagar Brahmins. The architecture of ambaji temple is very artistic, A glorious Pot or Kalash shines at 103 feet height on the top of the temple, weighing more than 3 three tones as a whole, plated with pure gold, attached with The Holy Flag of Mata Ambaji and Trishul.
In Ramayana period ,Lord Rama and Laxman came to the forest of Mount Arbuda or Abu, in search of Sita after Ravana abducted them. Shringi advised them to worship goddess Amba at Gabbar. The goddess presented them an arrow, called Ajaya, with which Lord Rama finally killed Ravana. In Mahabharata period ,the Pandavas worshipped goddess Ambaji during their exile. They gave Bhimsen a garland called ajaymala which would ensure victory in battles. They gave Arjun divine costumes for disguise as Brihannal in their last year of exile while hiding at the court of Virata. As per another legend , Rukmini, the daughter of King Bhishmak of Vidarbha, worshipped goddess Ambaji here to make Lord Krishna her husband.
According to the ancient Scriptures, the heart of the goddess Devi Sati, fell at the top of this holy hill of Gabbar when her body was dismembered, as per the legend narrated in the “Tantra Chudamani”.
A large mela on Bhadarvi poornima (full moon day) is held every year in which millions of pedestrian pilgrims, devotees, tourists arrives to worship the sacred place on this auspicious day. The ecstatic festival of Navratri is celebrated all over Gujarat in reverence of Ambaji, by dancing garba around the Holy Mother.
Sri Ambaji Devsthanam trust provides plenty of Guest houses and yatri nivas starting at Rs 50/-. Best hotels and resorts are found near by temple.
Ambaji Temple is situated at a distance of approximately 59 km from Mount Abu and 23 km from Abu Road, 36.5 km from Shri Amirgadh, 59 km from Palanpur, 160 km from Ahmedabad and 50 km from Kadiyadra near the Gujarat and Rajasthan border.
Abu Road Railway Station is the nearest station which is just 23.4 km. Palanpur Junction is 58.8 km.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad is 165 km from here.
The temple town of Ambaji is located about 180 kilometers from Ahmedabad and buses usually take between 4-5 hours to reach there. Gujarat Travels even runs an air-conditioned sleeper bus service on this route.
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