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CHOTILA is a worship place of HINDU religion in SURENDRANAGAR district located near RAJKOT. According to a legend, JAGASIO PARMAR of nearby town MULI was murdered by the KATHIS of KACHAR KUMAN and VALA clans. These KATHIS took possession of town and divided it into four parts which is called “CHAR TILAS” in GUJARATI. And this way the town came to be known as CHOTILA.

There is a temple of HINDU god CHAMUNDA on the mountain hill in CHOTILA. Word CHAMUNDA means CHAMUNDA MATA or RANN-CHANDI (WARRIOR). MAA CHAMUNDA is another form of DURGA. She is also known as CHANDI-CHAMUNDA. Her vehicle is LOIN. She had killed the demons named CHANDA and MUNDA, and this way the other form of MATA DURGA named by CHAMUNDA (Merging the name of two demons) by lord BRAHMMA.

History :

The area is called PANCHAL historically. MATA CHAMUNDA is one of the 64th avatars of SHAKTI. She is the KULDEVI of many HINDUS. Earlier CHOTILA was princely state of KACHAR dynasty. It was having area of 18 sq. km. CHOTILA is also the birthplace of famous GUJARATI poet ZAVERCHAND MEGHANI.

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CHOTILA is a small town having population of around 20, 000 people. It is a NAGARPALIKA town. CHOTILA is at the top of hill which has around 366 steps. CHOTILA is located on the RAJKOT-AHEMEDABAD national highway no. 8A. It is around 170 km. from AHEMEDABAD and 60 km from RAJKOT. Compare to the sea level height CHOTILA is the tallest point in SAURASHTRA region. The height of the hill is 1,173 ft.

Chotila Chamunda Temple Legend :

The story behind a temple is when Demons CHANDA and MUNDA came to conquer Devi MAHAKALI and in the fight that ensues, she presented the dead heads of demons among DEVI AMBIKA who replied that you would be worshiped as CHAMUNDA DEVI. There are some stoned steps on the top of the hill. These were not covered by the shade before. However, all the steps are shaded well in the comfort of tourists. There is high amount of tourist rush into the temple in the time of festival NAVARATRI. There is a big market for tourists on the downside around mountain where tourists can look for PRASHAD and audio and video CDs, toys, Bengals etc. There some thousands of shops held on when NAVARATRI festival is celebrated in CHOTILA. At NAVARATRI, there is a big HAVAN takes place in the top of CHOTILA. As per local says, everybody after the evening AARTI comes down from hill and nobody stays there what CHAMUNDA MATAJI said. People also says that there is a lion on the hill of CHOTILA.

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AMBAJI is the holy place of HINDUS. As per HINDU mythology there is a temple of HINDU goddess name AMBE MATA. In HINDU religion the mother is called “MATA”. So the name AMBE MATA means the mother of HINDUS. It is a major SHAKTIPEETH of INDIA.

AMBAJI is located at a distance round about 65 km from PALANPUR district of GUJARAT. It is 45 km far from the famous hill station MOUNT ABU and 20 km far from the ABU ROAD on the GUJARAT-RAJASTHAN border.

The temple is named by ARASURI AMBAJI, from the reference of SHASHTRAS and the ancient says AMBE MATA killed the giant and devil ARASUR. So this way the named became ARASURI AMBAJI. There is no image or statue of goddess into the temple but the “SHREE VISA YANTRAM” is worshiped as the main deity. The YANTRAM is non watchable from the naked eye. The photography of the YANTRAM and inside of temple parts are totally prohibited.

The ancient and the original one seat of AMBE MATA is on the GABBAR mountain. The temple is at the top of hill. There is large numbers of people rush in the temple on the occasion of PURNIMA days. On the full moon day called BHADARVI PURNIMA, the MELA (fair) is held on AMBAJI. Lot of people from all over the country comes here by walking from their native just for their obeisance to MAA AMBE in JULY. The whole temple is lighted up on the occasion of major HINDU festival DIWALI.

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The famous mountain GABBAR located at the border of Gujarat is just 5 km away from AMBAJI TEMPLE. There is an origin of VEDIC VIRGIN RIVER “SARASWATI” on the hills of ARASUR in forest. The location is at the altitude of 480 m and 1600 ft. high from sea level having 5 square mile area which contains 51 ancient PAURANIK SHAKTIPITHS. As written by RATANJI.M.DESAI, AMBAJI is the centre of cosmic power of INDIA where the heart of the dead body of DEVI SATI fell at the top of holy hill of GABBAR as per the legend narrated in the “TANTRA CHUDAMANI”.

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Temple of Ambaji History : 

AMBAJI-the origin of the cosmic power of the universe is one of the 51 ancient SHAKTIPEETHS of INDIA. For the significant places to pilgrimage for the worship of “SHAKTI” there are 12 SHAKTIPEETHS TIRTHS in INDIA. The list of the 12 SHAKTIPEETH is as followed:


The surprising and attractive thing about this point is there are no images or statue in these 12 temples like SRI- ARASURI AMBAJI but there is a simple cave called GOKH in the inner wall. The SHAKTI VISA SHREE-YANTRAM is gold plated and convex shaped in back where 51 BIJ letters are written. All the SHAKTIPEETHS has the SHREE SHAKTI VISA YANTRAM like AMBAJI. The YANTRAMS are opened for devotion but not for photography, the surprising point about the YANTARAM is they are INVISIBLE and no one can capture a photograph it till this day.

The GABBAR has approximately 999 steps to go up from Westside to the temple. There is a holy lamp among the SHREE VISA YANTRA into the temple which is constantly burning. There are some beautiful sightseeing places on GABBAR including sunset point, cave and swings of MATAJI. The travelling through ropeway is such a great.

AMBAJI is the major SHAKTIPEETHS of AMBE MATA situated in the BANASKATHA district of Gujarat State. Millions of devotees visit the temple every year. AMBAJI temple has a golden YANTRAM with 51 chants. A triangular YANTRAM, inscribed with figures and the syllable SHREE in the center, represents the deity. There is no image of MAA AMBE in temple, people worship the YANTRAM.

The temple is open from 7 AM to 4:0 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. A large number of devotees visit the temple every year on PURNIMA days. Every PURNIMA devotees reaches AMBAJI to worship AMBE MAA. BHADRAPADI PURNIMA is the main festival when a big fair of devotees comes at AMBAJI.
AMBAJI town is also known for mines of fine quality of marble and granites located in the area. Mt. Abu is just 45 km away from AMBAJI.

Transportation And Tourism :

The nearest airport for reaching AMBAJI is AHEMEDABAD, Which is 200km away from AMBAJI. The nearest railway station is ABU ROAD which is 22km away from it. The government transport buses and private luxury coaches are available to reach AMBAJI from various cities GUJARAT.
The hotel facilities and other basic requirements of tourists are available in AMBAJI. As the number of people takes place every year in AMBAJI, There are large numbers of hotels in there.

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