Ambaji Temple, Ambaji

Ambaji, a famous pilgrimage place of Gujarat in India is situated on the border of States of Gujarat and Rajasthan near Abu Road, in the Danta Taluka of Banaskantha District, near the origin of the famous Vedic virgin river SARASWATI, on the hills of Arasur Parvat in Ambica forest , towards south-west side to old hills of Arvalli, at the altitude of about 480 meters, at about 1600 feet high from sea level, having at 8.33 sq km (5 sq. miles area ) area as a whole , is in fact one of the Fifty One (51) ancient Shakti Piths, the main Centre of Cosmic Power in India. Ambaji is an important temple town with 7 to 8 millions of devotees visiting the Ambaji temple every year. It is situated at a distance of approximately 65 km from Palanpur, 45 km from Mount Abu, 20 km from Abu Road, 185 km from Ahmedabad, 50 km from Kadiyadra.

In the holy temple of “Arasuri Ambaji”, there is no image or statue of goddess the holy “Shree Visa Yantra” is worshiped as the main deity. No one can see the Yantra with naked eye. The photography of the Yantra is prohibited.

The original seat of Ambaji mata is on gabbar hilltop in the town. A large number of devotees visit the temple every year especially on Purnima days. A large mela on Bhadarvi poornima (full moon day) is held. Every Year from all over the country people come here walking all over from their native place just to worship MAA AMBE in September.The whole Ambaji is lighted up as the whole nation lights up at the festive time of Diwali.

The shrine of Amba is regarded as a revered shrine by the Shakta Shaktism sect of Hinduism. It is believed that the Heart of Sati Devi has fallen here. The origin of the Shakti Peetha status temple is from the mythology of Daksha yaga and Sati’s self immolation. Shakti Peethas were believed to have been formed when the body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi fell into different regions when Lord Shiva carried her corpse in sorrow after her death. The shrines are considered as highly revered by Shaivist (Shaivism) sect in Hinduism. The Shakti Peethas are mostly worshiped by tantra practitioners. Each Shakti Peetha has a Kalabhairava shrine associated with it the Kalabhairava of The Amba Matha Temple is Batuk Bhairav.

Ambaji is one of the 51 ancient Shakti Peetha Tirth in India. There are 12 main Shakti Pith Tirth, significant places of pilgrimage for the worship of Shakti, namely, Ma Bhagwati Mahakali Maha Shakti at Ujjain, Ma Kamakshi at Kanchipuram, Mata Bramaramba at Srisailam, Shri Kumarika at Kanyakumari, Mataji Ambaji at AnarGujarat, Mata Mahalaxmidevi at Kolhapur, Devi Lalita at Prayag, Vindhya Vasini at Vindhya, Vishalakshi at Varanasi, Mangalavati at Gaya and Sundari at Bangal & Guhyeshwari Temple in Nepal.

The climate of Ambaji is pleasant never too hot or cold. Sunrise and Sun Set are at about 6-10 am and 6-30 pm respectively, hence Nitya Arti is performed everyday as per Sun Rise & Sun Set times. It is also a pretty good opportunity to enjoy Sun Set from the top of Gabbar. In past Ambaji was occupied by some aboriginal Adivasi tribes, but today it is occupied much with different Gujarati and Rajasthani people. The population of Ambaji is about 20000. The average raining in Ambaji is about 30 to 40 inches per year, so with a view to mitigating any water scarcity in summer, sufficient water supply is arranged from Panchha a near by village, having abundant supply of water, by Local bodies of Ambaji Gram Panchayat.

The Holy Place of Pilgrimage Ambaji is surrounded by hills of Arasur which is very rich with different kinds of minerals and marbles, hence Units of Gujarat Minerals Development Corporation and some private units of Marbles Mines have flourished well in vicinity of Ambaji. Gabbar is just 5 km away from Ambaji and Kumbharia Jain Temples is also 2 km away from Ambaji Temple, whereas Koteshwar Temple of Lord Shiva is 5(Five) km away, in the forest area.

One can reach Ambaji by State Roadways through buses from Ahmedabad and also through Rajasthan Roadways, in as much as Ambaji is just 21 km away from Taluka Centre Danta by road and is just about 50 kms away from Palanpur, the Main City of Banaskantha District. The nearest Railway Station from Ambaji is Abu Road (Rajasthan), just about 20 km away by road. Ambaji can be reached from Khedbhrahma, Danta and Abu Road by State Highways, linked with National High Way. Ambaji is connected with most of the cities of Gujarat & Rajasthan with daily regular and luxurious Bus Services. There are about 100 Dharmashalas for residential purpose and more than 50 private Guest Houses and hostel with all amenities, in the city of Ambaji. Moreover Circuit House, State Government Rest House, District Panchayat Rest House, GMDC Rest House, Forest Bungalow and newly established Holiday Home Jagatjanani Pathikashram and Ambica Vishramgruh, belonging to Shri Arasuri Ambaji Devasthan Trust are also available to the tourist & pilgrims. In Ambaji, there are some branches of the nationalized banks like State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and also some branches of District Central Co-Op. Banks too. Ambaji also has pretty good facilities of email, internet, modernized Post Office, telephone & STD & ISTD Television & Cable Networking.

Devotion : Nitya Darshan

Note:  Darshan Times varies on any Annakoot from SAAMDT or from any Devotees.

Arti of Mataji is carried out regularly Every Day at about 6-00 a.m. in the morning.

Seasons Timing
During Summer In Morning from 7.00 to 10.45
In Noon from 12.30 to16.30
In Evening from 19.30 to 21.15
During Monsoon In Morning from 7.00 to 11.30
In Noon from 12.30 to16.30
In Evening from 19.00 to 21.00
During Winter In Morning from 7.00 to 11.30
In Noon from 12.30 to16.00
In Evening from 18.00 to 20.30


Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust (SAAMDT)

Devotees Facility:

After the foundation of Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust of Ambaji, in the year 1958, the temple trust has taken some landmark steps to provide more and more amenities and accommodation to the coming visitors and pilgrims of Mata Ambaji Tirth. Though there are hundreds of big and small private Hotels and Guest House, Dharmasala in Ambaji, yet in furtherance of providing more facilities, accommodation and comforts to the tourists and pilgrims and with a view to furnishing more and more lodging, boarding facilities and comfort, Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust has built and established some Guest Houses and Holiday Homes, Dharmashala and Bhojanalay in the heart of city of Ambaji, and thus Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust at present provides and administers the  lodging and boarding facilities, which include all kinds of modern facilities and traditional Gujarati Cuisine and breakfasts.

Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust has also founded and established special Public Toilets and Bathing Facilities for the Devotees, near the temple complex as well as in Ambica Bhojanalay, with the help of Nasa Foundation and the people at large, coming to Ambaji also use these public facilities, provided by the temple trust, simply for a nominal token rate of Rs.2 /- per user. Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust has also constructed big Locker Rooms for keeping the luggage of the tourists and some big Parking Plots near Ambaji temple as well as at Gabbar Taleti (Bottom), for the vehicles of the tourists.

A long and broad Fly Over Bridge, 120 meters long and 17 meters broad with total marble floorings, costing at about 1(one) crore rupees, for the purpose of direct passage for the tourists, is constructed at the instance of Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust, under the auspice of its huge and promising Renovation Project for the Temple Complex and its surroundings. This Fly Over Bridge Facilities will help the devotees to come and reach in front of the Main Temple into Chachar Chowk directly from State Highway, without any rush and difficulties through this Fly over bridge.

Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust has constructed a big Decorative Shakti Dwar, like that of Gopuram style which shall be 71 feet long and 18 feet broad, parallel to state highway in centre at the western end of this fly over bridge, containing total five gates in a whole structure, at the estimated costs of Rs.1,99,31,200/-. The whole Shati Dwar shall be made from Bansi Pahanpur Stone, attached with 10 feet high compound wall at its both ends.