AMBAJI TEMPLE AND GABBAR

Ambaji temple is one of the most important pilgrimage spots in Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat, India known for its historical and mythological connections with sites of cultural heritage. Ambaji is within the Aravali Range. Ambaji town is in between the borders of North Gujarat and Abu Road of Rajasthan.


It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Ambaji mata temple is a major Shakti Peeth of India.

There is a main entrance in the front and only a small side-door, because it is believed that Mataji (another name for Ambaji) has forbidden the addition of any other door. The temple is surrounded by an open square called chachar chowk where ceremonial sacrifices called havans are performed.

Be sure to look across the temple (i.e. with your back facing the goddess) at the other temple on the Gabbar, considered the original abode of the goddess. At a short distance from the Ambaji temple is a large rectangular kund, with steps on all its four sides, called Mansarovar.

The original seat of Ambaji mata is on gabbar hilltop in the town. A large number of devotees visit the temple every year specially on Purnima days. A large mela on Bhadarvi poornima (full moon day) is held. Every Year from all over the country people come here walking all over from their native place just to worship MAA AMBE in September.The whole Ambaji is lighted up as the whole nation lights up at the festive time of Diwali.


TIMINGS:
The temple is open from 7.00 am to 11.30 am, 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm.

WHEN TO GO?
Weather remains relatively pleasant through out the year. So you can visit AMBAJI TEMPLE at any time.

During every Poonam of the year people in large number approximately 1.5 to 2 Lakhs come to Pavitra Yatradham Ambaji.

As per a survey, nearly 7 to 8 million people come here every year to visit Ambaji and its see-worthy surroundings for pilgrimage as well as for picnic and other purposes.

During the period of Bhadrapad Punam, Chaitra Punam, Posh Sud Punam and Navrati, Ambaji experiences a very large and dense rush of the people, pilgrims and visitors every year. 

Waiting time for the same usually lasts over 3-4 hours during the nine days of Navratri.

MAIN FESTIVALS CELEBRATED AT AMBAJI
  • Bhadarvi Poonam (Religious Fair and Festival with "Lok Mela" and the big mass of devotees use to come here to worship Maa Ambaji on each day of Poornima during the year.)
  • Chaitri Navratri (Sat Chandi Yagna, Devi Darshan, Ohm Havan and Traditional Garba Dances.)
  • Diwali (A Big Annakoot is organized)
  • Navratri (Devi Darshan, Hom Havan and Traditional Garba Dances, Nav Chandi Yagna and distribute prasad and traditional gifts)
  • Poshi Poonam (a huge colorful procession, together with the mass of the dancing people and devotees of Mata Ambaji, and the Silver Rath (Cart ) of Mata Arasuri Ambaji starts from the Northern Gate of the temple complex and reaches to the Main temple.)
  • Other Religious Festivals (Kartik Sud, Posh Sud Poonam, Shravan Vad Amas, Bhadrapad Sud Poonam Mela, Aswin Sud Navratri, Janmashtami, Dashera, Rath Yatra of Ashadha Sud Bij)

YOU CAN ALSO VISIT:

There are some places near Ambaji Towm that you can visit:
  • Kailash Hill Sunset
  • Kamakshi Mandir
  • Koteshwar
  • Kumbharia Dera
  • Kumbhleshwar Mahadev
  • Mangalya Van
  • Mansarovar
  • Marble Mines
  • Rinchhadiya Mahadev
  • Someshwar
  • Tirthmap (Specially sunrise and sunset at the top of Gabbar)

FACILITIES PROVIDED:
  • Food Facilities (Bhojanalya)
  • Rest places like Dharamshala, Guest Houses, Holiday home and Vishramgruh
  • Hospital for medical help
  • Bank Facilities
  • ATM Facilities
  • Facilities of email, internet, modernized Post Office, telephone & STD & ISTD Television & Cable Networking.

GABBAR:


Just 5 km away from Ambaji Temple, The famous mountain of Gabbar is situated on the border of State of Gujarat and Rajasthan, near the flow of the origin of the famous Vedic virgin river SARASWATI, on the hills of Arasur in forest. 

It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Ambaji mata temple is a major Shakti Peeth of India. It is the original holy place of Mata Ambaji.

ROPE WAY AT GABBAR:


In order to develop Ambaji Pilgrimage as a Hill Picnic Place of Gujarat. A Rope Way on the mountain of Gabbar is made, so that more and more pilgrims can visit and enjoy the beauty and holiness of Gabbar with so ease and joy, just by reaching in time, without any trouble. 

Rope way on Gabbar Hill has in fact encouraged more and more tourists and pilgrims, especially the aged and infirmed and senior citizens people from all corners of the world to come and sit in Rope Way in order to swing in the arms of the Beauty of Holy Gabbar Hill and its rocky surroundings.

Jeeps and private taxis are affordable options for visitors to reach Gabbar Parvat from Ambaji.

HOW TO REACH?

Bus: There is a bus-station of Gujarat State Transport (GSRTC) connecting to all major cities of India, and a railway station is at Palanpur of District Banaskantha, North Gujarat.India which usually takes 4-5 hours.

Road: Ambaji can be reached through Himatnagar road which is connected with National Highway No.8 (Mumbai to Delhi).The other road which Passes through Palanpur and Danta and connects with State Highway SH 56 to reach Ambaji which usually takes 3-4 hours.

Rail: The nearest Railway station of Gujarat is at Palanpur Junction which comes under the administrative control of Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways. It is connected to most of the cities and towns in Gujarat such as Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Bhuj, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Porbandar. The other way of nearest Railway station is at Abu Road which is 22 kilometers away from Ambaji.

Air: The nearest International Airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahemdabad which is 179 km far from Ambaji Temple Town.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FROM MAJOR CITIES:

  • 185 km from Ahmedabad
  • 65 km from Palanpur
  • 45 km from Mount Abu
  • 20 km from Abu Road 



BOL MADI AMBE ......JAI JAI AMBE!!!

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