Ambaji temple is one of the most revered temples of India and it has a rich historical and cultural significance. Learn more about this temple.
Ambaji temple is situated in the town of Ambaji that lies in the Taluka Danta of Banaskantha district of North Gujarat India. The beautiful Aravalli hills surround the Ambaji town and Ambaji is said to reside in the “line of peaks”. The Aravalli hills are also known as Mewat hills locally. Ambaji town is located between the borders of many places like North Gujarat and Abu Road of Rajasthan.
Summers in Ambaji are fiery with temperatures between 30 degrees to 46 degrees with strong winds. In winter the temperature angels from 10 degrees to 36 degrees and this makes it a pleasant time to visit. Monsoons are the best time to visit with average 20 inches of rainfall. The temple is at an altitude of 480 meters.
About The Temple
Ambaji is a critically important temple which has thousands of devotees flocking towards it every week. The location of this temple makes it easily approachable from many major places like 65 km from Palanpur, 45 km from Mount Abu, 50 km from Ahmedabad, 50 k from Kadiyadra and 20 km from Abu Road.
Interestingly inside the sacred Arasuri Ambaji temple, there is no statue or image of the Goddess. Priests had decorated the upper part of the Gokh in such a way that it looks like the idol of the Goddess from a far distance. The Yantra Holy Shree is worshipped as the original deity. It’s not permitted to photograph the Yantra. On Purnima days, the temple acquires a divine light and lakhs of devotees visit it to soak in its beauty and spirituality. A huge fair is held on Bhadra Purnima and many people walk from their native homes to reach the temple.
Inside the temple, there is a shining golden Shakti Visa Shri Yantra that has Kurma back in a convex shape and 51 Bij letters with it. There is the synchronous equation between these Yantra and those found in Ujjain and Nepal. This is the main center of worship and it has sacred Vedic text on special geometrical configurations. One can only worship Shree Visa Yantra after a bandage is tied on the eyes.
There is glorious red flag over the temple peak and the temple is made of white marble with gold cones. The Nagar Brahmins of the area had built the temple and according to sacred dictates only two doors to the temple were constructed (a large front door and a small side door). The temple is surrounded from all sides by Chachar Chowk and Havan are performed here.
There is a rectangular holy Kund called Mansarovar which is at a small distance from Ambaji temple.
Significance as Shakti Peeth
The radiance of Maa Amba makes her a revered shrine amongst the worshippers of the Shaktism sect of Devout Hindus. This is a powerful Shakti Peeth as the heart of Devi Sati had fallen here. There is an interesting legend behind the attainment of the Shakti Peeth Status that is inscribed in Daksha Yaga Mythology. Each Shakti Peeth was formed after one part of the body of the Goddess Sati Devi fell into that particular place. Bards say that Lord Shiva had danced with the corpse of Sati Devi in terrible anger and sorrow and her body has disintegrated into 51 pieces. The Shakti Peeth has a strong tantric connection and Batuk Bhairav is associated with this temple.
The Ambaji temple remains open from 7.00 A.M to 11.30 A.M and from 12.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. In the night the temple is open from between 6.30 pm to 9.00 p.m.