Amba mata shrine is one of the most prominent temples of the country that gets equal devotees from Rajasthan and Gujarat. Being close to the Aravali Range of mountains, it is surrounded by the natural scenic atmosphere and is situated at an altitude of 1570 feet on top of Gabbar hills. The Ambaji town lies on the border of North Gujarat and the Abu Road of Rajasthan. Every year thousands of pilgrims from all over the country come to this place to offer veneration to the Goddess.
September is the peak tourist period for this temple, and thousands of devotees from all over the country come here to worship Ambaji. The number even rise on full moon day
The legend behind:
It is one of the 51 shaktipeeths and is situated in Banaskantha district of Gujarat. The legend begins with Sati’s self immolation. When Lord Shiva carried the corpse of Sati, the heart of Goddess fell at this place. It is interesting to note that the Arasuri Ambaji temple has no statue of the Goddess, and only a Shree Yantra is placed in the main temple. Even though people cannot see the Yantra also with the naked eye, it is so decorated that people can see the image of Goddess Ambaji. The temple has a beautiful shrine made of gold which is at a height of 103 feet. The temple is maintained by Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust SAAMDT. The darshan opens at 7 AM in the morning and closes at 9 PM in the evening. In between, it is closed for two hours.
Popular places near Ambaji town:
Gabbar Hill is one of the most prominent places in this region, and it is said that the Saraswati River originated from near this place. Very close to Ambaji temple is the Kamakshi Mandir, which has the miniature versions of all the 51 Shaktipeeths in the country. Tourists also visit the Kailash Hills to watch the beautiful sunset. The Koteshwar Temple has the origin place of river Saraswati and it flows from the mouth of Cow ‘Gaumukh’ which is carved in rock.
Located at the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat it is very easy to reach Ambaji temple through the road route and the rail route. The temple is closer to Abu Road with just 20 km distance while it is 45 kilometres from Mount Abu. If you are travelling through Gujarat, you can reach the Himatnagar road by bus, and if you are travelling by train, you can get down at the Palanpur railway station. If you want to take flight, you have to reach the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad and take a bus or cab from that place. The airport is about 179 km away from Ambaji town. The Ambaji town is about 65 km away from Palanpur and 435 km away from Surat.
With so many nearby attractions, people come to this place to worship the Goddess and also to enjoy the beautiful tourist attractions.