Recent architectural research has shown that Vallabhi King Arun Sen had constructed the temple of Ambaji in 14th Century. He was a member of the Suryavanshi clan. Ambaji temple is one of the 51 Shakti piths and holds immense spiritual as well as architectural significance. The heart of Goddess Sati is believed to have fallen at the site of Ambaji temple.
Architectural Beauty of Ambaji Temple
The architecture of the temple is quite artistic and beautiful and is a good representation of Indian tradition and culture. A majestic Kalash is mounted at a stunning height of 103 feet or o the top of the temple. The weight of the Kalash is more than 3 tones and it is made from a special kind of milky white marble that is curated from the bowels of Arasur mines. The marble has been plated with pure Swarna (gold) and it carries the sacred flag of Ambaji Mata and the majestic Trishul. The principal temple of Ambaji is small with a sprawling Mandap and the holy Gokh of Mata Amba in the Garbh. A huge Cachar stands in front of the Garbh and it is in this Cachar that the traditional worship of Ambaji Maa is performed at this very Cachar.
The main temple or Nij Mandir is constructed in front of the old temple. This temple has a huge significance for the worshippers of Shakti Sampraday. Not only is Nij Mandir famous for being the seat of cosmic superpower that protects the universe but is also widely lauded for its beautiful architecture and intricate religious carvings.
Dimensions of the Ambaji Temple
The total area of the temple is 20 meters * 950 meters and this excludes two structures; old Haven Shala and New Havan Shala. The Nij Mandir is moderately sized and there is no idol or photograph of the Goddess in there. Sri Asuri Mata Ambaji is believed to be residing in a small Gokh in the walls of the inner sanctum. Her power is said to reside in gold plated Sacred Shakti Yantra which has miraculous inscriptions in 51 Bij letters. The position of the Yantra is such that it is not visible clear enough for photography. The reason for placing it thus is that the overpowering power of the Yantra is not meant for ordinary mortal eyes. Even devotes worship the yantra after placing a bandage around their eyes.
The Arasuri Mata Ambaji temple is run by a temple trust that has been operating since the last 100 years. The Trust has arranged artistic lighting and illumination sound show for the benefit of tourists and pilgrims. The artistic coverings are present on most parts of the temple like Nij Mandir Garbha Griha, Dwar Shakti, Courtyard Shakti and other areas.