EXCLUSIVE BY HEMANG PALAN MUMBAI BUREAU
Kālikā Mata Temple is an Hindu Goddess temple complex and a pilgrim centre located at the summit of Pavagadh Hill situated 2,500 feet above sea level in Panchmahal district of Gujarat in India within Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This temple is located about 50 Kms from Vadodara (Baroda) airport. The entire temple complex is set amidst a dense forest-cover on a cliff.
Dating from the 10th century, the historic Kalika Mata Temple is famous for its three images of the deity: the image at the centre is of Kalika Mata, flanked by Kali on the right and Bahucharamata on the left. Named in honor of Goddess Kali, the temple is believed to be Kali Mata’s abode, and is also one of the Shakti Peethas, as the symbolic toe of Goddess Sati is said to have fallen ages back, where temple stands today.
The temple can be accessed by a pathway from the road head through the forest over a distance of about 5 Kms. The path passes through the ruins of Patai Raval’s palace. Alternatively, there also exists 2,430 feet long ropeway access to the temple.
A member of Indian Parliament, a tribal painter, and also an arts teacher; Mr Ramsinh Rathwa spoke to IndiaGB’s Hemang Palan about PM Narendra Modi’s novel concept of promoting religious tourism across the country. Mr Rathwa said millions of British Asians every year visit Kalika Mata Temple at Pavagadh as Gujarat’s ‘Khushboo Gujarat Ki’ campaign by the State’s tourism ambassador; Mr. Amitabh Bachchan has become very popular across the globe.