Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chotila Hill

Chotila Hill

The famous Chamunda Mataji temple is situated at Chotila, a small town near Rajkot in Gujarat State. Chotila is situated exactly in the middle of Ahmedabad and Rajkot, the two main cities of Gujarat State. Chamunda Mataji is the Kuldevi (family Goddess) of most of the Hindus staying in Saurashtra region of Gujarat State, located in the north of it. Thousands of pilgrims come to Chotila every year and perform the darshnas of Chamunda Mataji. The Mataji temple is situated at the top of the Chotila Mountain.

Chotila Mountain is around 1250 feet high and is located around 40 miles away from Rajkot, and around 50 miles away from Ahmedabad. One can easily reach Chotila within one and a half hours from Ahmedabad by the national highway passing through the entire State of Gujarat. As soon as you reach Chotila, you will find a number of shops that sell prasads of Mataji, various types of Gujarati souvenirs like thick bangles with engraving, CDS and DVDS of Chamunda Mataji, and many toys for all ages of children. There are thousands of such shops located at the base of the Chotila hill. You can start your climb from the base after walking some distance. There are stone steps up to the top of the hill. Good tree cover and railings cover the entire walkway providing comfort to all the pilgrims. This destination is most visited during the Navaratri festival.

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