Wednesday, November 16, 2011

AMBAJI TEMPLE

AMBAJI TEMPLE


Location : Arasur Hill, Gujarat.
Dedicated To: Goddess Amba.
Built Of: Marble.
Prominent Feature: No Idol.

Situated on the Arasur hill near Mount Abu, Ambaji is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Gujarat because of the famous temple of goddess Ambaji, also known as Amba Bhavani or 'Arasuri'. It is the principal shrine of the goddess in Gujarat and its actual origins are still unknown. The fact that this temple does not have an idol is indicative of it antiquity, since the worship of images of deities became popular much later.

Built of the finest quality of marble, the temple of Ambaji is recognised as one of the original 'Shakti Pithas' where, according to the ancient scriptures, the heart of the goddess Ambaji fell on earth when her body was dismembered. The deity in the temple is represented not by an idol but by a triangular 'Vishwa Yantra', inscribed with figures and the syllable 'Shree' in the centre.

During the holy month of Bhadrapad, devotees trek hundreds of miles on foot to reach the temple by 'Bhadrapad Poonam'. In the vicinity are the well-known Jain Temples of Kumbharia and Gabbar, a steep hill whose peak bears the footprints of the

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