Chamunda Mata Temple, Chotila
In the small village of Chotila is situated the holy shrine of Chamunda mata. As with most of Chamunda devi shrines, this temple of Chotila is on top of a hill too. The temple is believed to have build by a devotee in whose dream Devi appeared. The temple has been renovated and the darshan hall has been extended. The new steps and corrugated sheets above the steps have been donated by the Ambani brothers. Chamunda Mataji is the Kuldevi (family Goddess) of many Hindus. Approximately 155 years ago, Mahant Shri Gosai Gulabgiri Harigiri Bapu was the temple priest and his family members are taking care of shrine and providing services to the visiting devotees till date.
The legend states that the Goddess appeared in the dreams of her devotee told that she was under the earth on Chotilo hill. He was instructed to dig in a certain spot which he followed, and found the beautiful idol of Chamunda Maa. At that spot the temple was constructed and the Goddess worshipped.
The series of steps lead to the top the mountain where the temple is located. The temple has a steep conical shikara or roof, painted in white and red, with the red flag flying atop its dome. The sanctum houses the idol of Chamunda Mata adorned with flowers and jewellery.Pic Courtesy : indian-temple-photo.blogspot.com
Bhojanalay prasad timings - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.
Chotila is essentially known for the Chamunda Mata temle. It is also the birthplace of famous Gujarati poet Zaverchand Meghani
Chotila, Surendranagar, Gujarat 363001
Rajkot is well connected to other parts of the state by rail/road/air. The temple is situated on Ahmedabad-Rajkot Main Highway, around 60 kms from Rajkot. After reaching the Chotila village, devotees have to climb the hill, which has around 700 steps to reach the shrine. Refreshments and rest places are provided every 100 steps.
The priests perform aarti and pujas to the deity
The aarti is done withoiut chants and only with the beating of drums.
The aarti starts of with dhoop being offered to Maa and then with lamps. Once the evening aarti is done, no one is allowed is to remain in the temple premises.
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