Gabbar Hill is in Gujarat, close to the Rajasthan border, about five kilometre far from Ambaji Temple. It’s concerning 480 m (1600 ft) high and has an area of over eight sq kilometre. This pilgrim center close to the origin of the Saraswati River is steeped in legends. It’s believed to be the original abode of the Hindu god Ambaji. Ambaji’s ‘footprints’ on this hill is a major pilgrim attraction. Devotees are said to hear Ambaji’s voice at the cave of Ambaji. The Mountain or Hill of Gabbar has additionally a small temple fortified from the western side and there are 999 steps to go up to the mountain and reach this holy temple at the top of Gabbar Hill. A Holy Lamp is constantly burning on this hill temple facing specifically in front of Visa Shree Yantra of nij Mandir of Mata Shri Arasuri Ambica. An aerial ropeway also connects the temple at the hilltop. The fort was made within the fifteenth century close to the joining (confluence) of 2 holy rivers. One will see the local tribal villages working as silversmiths, potters, arrow makers also as basket weavers.
It is in fact One of the Fifty One (51) famous ancient (Pauranik) Shakti Piths – The Centre of Cosmic Power of India and it is the original holy place of Mata Ambaji, where the piece of the heart of the dead body of Devi Sati fell at the top of this holy hill of Gabbar as per the legend narrated in the “Tantra Chudamani”. Wherever any of the 51 holy parts and ornaments of the dead body of Devi Sati fell on this earth, all such places are known as famous 51 Shakti Pith – centre of cosmic power . Octagonal temple built on a place where heart of Sati fell and so honoured as Shaktipeeth. All the eight openings of the temple were adorned with beautiful Andola toranas . The sanctum sanctorum was presided by the pre Aryan deity who gave Ajay arrow to Lord Ram to annihilate Ravan. In the niche behind the deity an auspicious flame was burning since ages and was told the same facing the Visa Yantra at Ambaji temple, Ambaji 5 km away, could be seen from there in the night.
Gabbar Tirth: Rope Way
In order to develop Ambaji Pilgrimage as a Hill Picnic Place of Gujarat, Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust had in 1998 installed and inaugurated Shri Amba Devi Udan Khatola Facilities, that is to say, a Rope Way on the mountain of Gabbar, with the help of Usha Breco Co. of Calcutta on a lease basis, so that more and more pilgrims can visit and enjoy the beauty and holiness of Gabbar with so ease and joy, just by reaching in time, without any trouble. Rope way on Gabbar Hill has in fact encouraged more and more tourists and pilgrims, especially the aged and infirmed and senior citizens people from all corners of the world to come and sit in Rope Way in order to swing in the arms of the Beauty of Holy Gabbar Hill and its rocky surroundings.
Ropeway services (UDAN-KHATOLA) are very fast & easy at hand at the Gabbar Hill (Ambaji) especially if you are old, or have kids, or lacks time or face difficulty in climbing 1000+ steps. The charges are very nominal Rs. 80 as a Return fare (Rs. 50/- one-way). It hardly takes 2 mins to slide up / down.
Time is 0600 hrs to 2000 hrs.
If you can climb 1000+, that is best, but if you can’t, do not hesitate to go for it. Your kids will love the experience. Must go & avail ropeway…it is superb. There is children play area, cafeteria & scenic beauty is too good.
Legend of Holy Hill Gabbar in Devi Bhagvat
In Accordance with the legend in Devi Bhagvat, Mahisasur was a dangerous demon to the whole universe, therefore all the Gods under the leadership of Tridev Bhrahma (Lord of Creation), Vishnu (Lord of Maintenance) & Mahesh (Lord of Destruction) ultimately went to the final recourse to the Mahadevi Adhya Shakti, the Supreme Original Cosmic Power of The Universe and worshiped her for rescue and help. And then Adhya Devi Shakti incarnated on earth with weapons surrounded by a bright circle of sunny rays, so as The Atomic Energy emerges from its origin and Devi killed and absolved the demon Mahishasur by her holy sword and since then she became known in the world as “Mahisasur Mardini “.
Gabbar in Ramayan
As per a legend said in Ramayan, Lord Rama and Laxman came to Ashram of Shrungi Rushi in search of Sitaji, where they were told to worship Devi Ambaji at Gabbar. And Rama did so and Jagat Mata Shakti (The Mother of Energy of the whole Universe) Devi Ambaji gave him an miraculous arrow namely “Ajay”, with the help of which Rama conquered and killed his enemy Ravan in the war.
Mundan of Lord Krishna
It is also a legend that the hairs of holy child Lord Krishna were also removed here on this Gabbar hill, as a holy ritual ceremony of hair removing Mundan, in presence of his foster parents Nand and Yashoda, who had worshiped Devi Ambaji and Lord Shiva, during the period of Dwapar yug.
The Legend of Maha Maya
It is also said that Mangal and his wife, a devotee couple of Mata Ambaji used to go for cow grazing near Gabbar Hill, where they saw an unknown white cow, usually grazing near their ones and then disappearing over Gabbar Hill. So one day they followed this cow and went on the hills of Gabbar and reached at night to a big ground, floored with marbles and wonderful pillars and Torans with the doors of heaven which were opened simply by the voice of this holy cow Kamdhenu and they found the Goddess Devi Adhya Shakti siting in her palace. So these cow grazing couple requested for remuneration from Amba Mata, for the service of cow grazing job for that wonderful white cow and Mataji gave them some grains of Jav (Barley) , but they carelessly thrown the invaluable grains on the hills of Gabbar but in the morning they found some of the grains made of gold. So they repented and went back on the hills to see Mata Ambaji and worshiped for mercy without any grind. Ultimately Mataji pleased and graced to reincarnate as their daughter in future. And then, this couple born again as Nand & Yashoda, the foster parents of Lord Krishna. And Mata Ambaji reincarnated as their daughter Maha Maya, who disappeared in jail, after warning Raja Kans.
Sword of Rana Pratap
The Well Known Rajput King of Mewar, Maha Rana Pratapwas a true devotee of Arasuri Amba Bhawani. He was once saved by Mata Ambaji, so he had gifted and dedicated his famous sword to the holy feet of Mata Arasuri Ambaji.
Origin of Navratri Festival
As per Mahabharat, on the Full Moon Day Purnima of the month of Bhadrapad (Bhadarva Mas) Princess Rukshamani had worshiped her Kul- Devi Mata Ambica on the mountain of Gabbar Hill, in order to invite her beloved Lord Krishna, to abduct her from her Swayamvar to marry and Mata Ambica gave her a boon to achieve her goal to marry Lord Krishna, as against the wish of her brother and relatives and other kings. And Princess Rukshamani wedded with the Lord Krishna and became Pat-Rani, the main Queen and had celebrated the well known Indian Festival of Navratri, for the first time on this earth, in the Garbh- Deep Nrutya in Gujarati Garba Style, with her friends & relatives in Dwarka.