In the village of Saldi, stand the Pimpleshwar Mahadev temple, a shrine where the Lord is worshipped in the form of Jalasharii, or the natural flow of water. The first temple was built by Petha Patel of Saldi dating back to the 1086 AD. The current building was constructed and renovated by Sayajirao Gaekwad, the ruler of the state Baroda in 1895 during the British colonial era in India.
The legend describes that a cow herder, Petha Patel found one of his cows regularly releasing her milk over one location under a Pimpal tree. He looked there and found the Jaladhari water source. The cow's offering of her milk at this site led the people of Saldi to attribute this phenomenon to the presence of Lord Shiva.
The temple has not been renovated for at least 100 years, and therefore portrays an antique look. The surrounding landscape is filled with Pimpal trees, Bili Trees and Vakhada trees. Pimpleshwar Mahadev in Saldi does not have the usual Shiv linga. Instead it has a Jaladhari - a continuous flow of water from an aquifer below the ground. The temple has images of Ganesha, Parvati and Hanuman carved in stone and has smaller shrines of Amba,Laks...View more
mi Mata and Naga Devata.Pic Courtesy : www.templeadvisor.com
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.
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By rail - Saldi and Mehsana are the nearest railway stations. Ahmedabad, a major rail head, well connected to other parts of the country is located at a distance of 50kms from the shrine.
By road - Saldi and Mehsana are well connected by road to other parts of the state.
By air- Ahmedabad has an international airport which is well connected to all the major cities of India. Taxis and buses are available from Ahmedabad to Saldi.
The priests offer regular prayers and aarti to the deities.
Milk, Diya, Dhoop and Water