Ahmedabad, the sixth largest city of the country proffers a myriad of temples, mosques and haveli that reflects the Maratha, Mughal, British and Gujarati influences in its culture, art and architecture. A city steeped in history is thronged by visitors to embrace its culture and heritage.
Apart from its historic monuments the people of Gujarat have also established temples that create an aura of divinity and serenity. One such temple is the Vaishnodevi Temple.
Vaishnodevi Temple at Katra in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most significant Hindu temples in India. Devotees throng the temple with the faith that the goddess fulfils their wish and is considered to be one of the most sacred temples in India.
People take the tough trek of 12 km to Vaishnodevi in order to pay their obeisance to the goddess who is believed to fulfil all the wishes of their devotees.
Vaishnodevi Temple of Ahmedabad is a true replica of the original Vaishno Devi temple of Jammu Kashmir and satiates the quest of devotees seeking a pilgrimage to the sacred Hindu temple. To give a real feel of the environment of the sacred temple, it has been set above a mock hill.
A man made stone hill made out of yellow sandstone is in a circular shape that houses several beautiful carvings and sculptures of gods and goddess. Pilgrims have to go through the man made hill to reach the main shrine located at the top of the hill.
Built by an individual trust is situated on Vaishnodevi circle on the Sarkhej Gandhinagar Highway.
The sacred temple 50 feet in diameter has been built within the premises of the mountains. Presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Vaishno Devi, a manifestation of Goddess Durga. A glorious temple surrounded by sprawling garden is often visited by several devotees. It houses a 1350 sq feet hall that can accommodate around 5000 people.
As the temple is dedicated to Goddess Vaishnodevi, a form of Goddess Durga or Shakti, Navratri is celebrated with glory. Temple is beautifully decorated during the nine days of festival and is swarmed with visitors.
Being an educational, commercial and economic hub of the state, Ahmedabad is well connected to the other parts of the country through road, rail and air. Buses are run by both the government and private operators. The temple is situated at a distance of 10 km from Sardar Vallabhai International Airport, Ahmedabad and 3 km from Ahmedabad Railway Station, Kalupur.
Entry Fees & Timings
There is no entry fee for entering into the temple. People can visit the temple anytime between 5 am in the morning and 10 pm in the evening.
Photography is allowed within the premises of the sacred shrine.
As it is considered to be a auspicious place of worship, visitors are expected to enter the premises without footwear.
Other places of visit near Vaishno Devi Temple
Adalaj Step Well and Tirupati Balaji Temple