Monday, 31 December 2018

Shri Ambika Niketan Temple Surat

Ambika Niketan Mandir Surat
Shri Ambika Niketan Temple Surat
Shri Ambika Niketan Temple Surat is the famous temple of Hindu Goddess Maa Durga. It is popularly known as Ambe Ji, Ambe Maa temple and Ambaji Mandir in Surat. Ambika is the name of the Goddess Shakti or Adi Sakti. Goddess Ambika has eight arms which hold multiple things and weapons. You can see the very beautiful statue of Maa Ambika in the temple.

Ambika Niketan Surat Photo
New Bike at Ambaji Mandir Surat for Blessing of Ambika Maa
Shri Ambika Niketan Mandir is situated at the banks of Tapti River. You can see also the Tapti River from the temple of Ambe Ji. During the Navratri, Ambe Ji Mandir is very crowded and a long queue to the darshan of Maa Ambika. Surat's local people come to Ambaji temple when they purchase new vehicles such as bike, scooty, car, etc and want to get blessed with Maa Ambika blessing with him. Temple is neat & cleaned and well maintained.

Ambika Niketan Temple Surat History

Shri Ambika Niketan Mandir Surat is almost 50 years old and was built by the Maa Ambika's devotee Late Smt Bharti Maiya. You can see the statue of Smt Bharti Maiya in the ground floor of the temple. Ambika Niketan Temple is two-storey building. At the first floor, you can see the statue of Goddess Ambika and other Gods statue such as Lord Shiva, Laxmi Narayan, etc.

Best Time to Visit Ambika Niketan Surat

Best time to visit Shri Ambika Niketan Mandir Surat is during the Navratri in October or November. You can also go there in February or March. During the rainy and summer season temple is less crowded. As per my opinion for any temple, the best time to go there is morning time. But you can go Ambika Niketan Mandir in the evening time also from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm.

Ambika Niketan Temple Timing

Shri Ambika Niketan Temple opens daily in the morning at 6.00 am to 12.00 pm, and in the afternoon from 12.00 pm to 3.00pm closed and again opens at 3.00pm to 08:00 pm. So you can go there any day. During Hindu festivals, temple opening and closing timing little bit changed as per requirement.

Facilities at Ambika Niketan Temple

Ambeji Mandir Surat
Prasad and other shops at Ambaji Mata Mandir Surat Gujarat
  • Two and four wheeler parking facility is there.
  • There are various types of shops including sweets and Prasad shops.
  • Drinking water facility.
  • Fooding and lodging facility at cheap rates also available for devotees.
Shri Ambika Niketan Trust

Shri Ambika Niketan temple is run and maintained by the Shri Ambika Niketan Trust. Shri Ambika Niketan Trust also runs an old age home for old peoples. It is a charitable trust.

How to Reach Shri Ambika Niketan Temple Surat

Ambe Maa Temple Surat Gujarat
Shri Ambika Niketan Temple Entry Gate On Road
Surat is a very famous city in Gujarat so reaching to Surat is very convenient from anyway. You can go by Bus, Train or by Air. The railway is the most preferred way of transport for the nearby cities peoples to reach Surat. The frequency of trains between Mumbai to Surat is very good.

Shri Ambika Niketan Temple is situated in the main Surat at Dumas road near Parle Point and very popular among the local people. So reaching the temple is not a big task. Distance from Surat center to Ambaji temple is only approximately 7 km. Ambeji temple is 8 km from the Surat railway station.

You can get easily the city bus, Vikram or Auto for Ambika Niketan Temple. They will drop you at the entry gate of the temple. The main temple is approximately half km far away from the entry gate of the temple.

Address of Shri Ambika Niketan Temple Surat

If you ask as Shri Ambika Niketan temple then maybe anyone not tells you the temple address but if you asked as Ambaji Mandir or Ambaji temple then you definitely get the exact address by anyone. For more convenience, I mention the address of the temple here.

Shri Ambika Niketan
Dumas Rd, Parle Point, 
Athwalines, Athwa, 
Surat, 395007
Gujarat
Phone: 0261 222 6600

TouristBug’s Recommendations 
  • On Sunday the temple is crowded so if you don't like the crowd you can avoid going on Sunday.
  • At Shri Ambika Niketan Mandir parking facility is there but the capacity is low. So during any Hindu festival or Navratri parking of two or four wheelers is difficult in the temple parking area.
  • You can also visit the Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul in Surat. It is also a nice place to visit once if you are in Surat.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir Bishrampur

Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhee Hanumaan Mandir Bishrampur

Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhee Hanumaan Mandir Bisrampur
India's most famous Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is situated in Varanasi. Lord Hanuman is famous in various names in their devotees such as Anjaneya, Kesari Nandan, Maruti, Bajrang Bali, Sankata Mochan, etc.  Sankat Mochan means the Lord who remove all dangers from his devotee. Among the various famous Hindu temples of the Bishrampur, Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir is the famous Lord Hanuman temple. It is also famous as Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhee Hanumaan Mandir. It is situated on the main road near the city bus stand of the Bisrampur. This temple is more than 26 years old. It is famous among the Lord Hanuman temples in Surajpur district.

Facilities at Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir Bishrampur

Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir Bishrampur
Shivling of Lord Shiva in Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir Bishrampur
Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple has many facilities for the devotees.
  • There are other god’s temples such as Lord Shiva's Shivling, Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita statues for worship.
  • Temple has lots of space for many religious activities.
  • Drinking water available inside the temple and also outside of the temple.
Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhee Hanumaan Mandir Samiti Bisrampur

Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman Mandir is run and maintained by the Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman Mandir Samiti Bishrampur. Various activities in the Hanuman Mandir is organized by the temple Samiti like organizing temple establishing anniversary, Hanuman Jayanti, Bhandara (feast), Hindus new year celebration and celebration of other festivals.

Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir Bishrampur Timing

Hanuman Temple in Bishrampur
Lord Hanuman Statue in Hanuman Temple Bishrampur
Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir opens in the morning and evening. During the daytime in the afternoon, the temple remains closed. Temple will be crowded in the morning time but you can easily be worshiped the Lord Hanuman. Many Lord Hanuman's devotees come to visit the temple in the early morning before starting their routine work.

Prasad Shops for Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir

There is no particular Prasad shop available near the temple. But in front of a temple, there is a sweets shop who keep Prasad for offering to the Lord Hanuman in the temple. So you can purchase sweets or Prasad and other worship items from there.

How to Reach Shree Hanuman Mandir Bishrampur

Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhee Hanumaan Mandir Bisrampur
Shri Ram Laxman and Sita Ji Statue in Hanuman Mandir Bisrampur
Hanuman temple in Bishrampur is situated on the National highway 42 main road of the Bishrampur near the bus stand. If you asked anyone then anyone guides you very easily. Transport, intercity, tourist and city buses stop at this stand. So everyone easily reaches to Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir. Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman Mandir is approximately 2 km from the Bisrampur railway station.

TouristBug’s Recommendations

I visited this temple many times. My relatives are lived in Bishrampur so when I go there I visit the popular temples of the Bishrampur. I will recommend that if you are there then you can go to Ayyappa Shaneshwar Mandir and Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir. Both temples are good for meditation and mental peace. You can spend some time there. I will not recommend that you will go Bishrampur, especially for those temples. Instead, if you have the time or you are from the nearby city then you can go there.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Gandhar Pale Buddhist Caves Mahad

Gandhar Pale Buddhist Caves Mahad
Gandhar Pale Buddhist Caves Mahad
Gandhar Pale Buddhist Caves is popularly known as in Mahad as Leni or Pandavleni. If you are going from Mumbai to Goa then on the national highway on the National Highway -17 then you can see it near Mahad city. Buddhist Caves can be seen clearly by the main road. But there is no signboard or marking mention for this place. It is a one-time visiting place if you are there.

If you have seen the Ajanta and Ellora caves then you found a similarity between them and in the Mahad Leni. These all are related to Gautam Buddha. These caves have similar architecture and designs to Buddhist culture. Caves are clean and spacious. There is no guide to give information about this place.

Gandharpale Caves History

Mahad Leni
Buddha Stupa with sculpture images
As per historians, these caves were built during the reign of Prince Vishnupalita in the year 150 to 300 AD. This place is good for history students who work on the history or project on Buddhist Caves. There are more than 30 caves in which you can see cave number 1,8,15 and 21. In these caves, you can see the sculpture images related to Buddhism. It's named Pandavleni because as per saying Pandav's used these caves.

Gandharpale Caves Information

Mahad Leni
A very beautiful look of Mahad from Gandhar Pale Buddist Caves
From the main road, there is a path of stairs which go to the Buddhist Caves. These stone stairs are newly formed. There are only a few 2-3 temporary shops on the main road which offers a few snacks and cold drinks and water. This place is not so popular. So there is no crowded. Only there were a few nearby cities tourists, who know about this place. There are small or big 30 caves and marked with numbers. All caves are built in a single large hill. There are three layers of caves like three-storied building.

Timing of Leni Mahad

There is no opening and closing time of this place. So you can go there any time in the day.

Best Time to Visit Buddha Leni Mahad

This place is easily visited within 1-2 hours completely. You can go there any time to visit this place except for the rainy season. The best time will be in the morning time to visit this place. I have visited this place in the morning.

TouristBug’s Recommendations for Pandavleni Mahad Caves
  • Since there are no basic facilities so you have to go there with proper planning and ready for every condition.
  • If you plan to go there by public transport then it is best to take a bus from Mahad. It is the nearest bus stand.
  • I will not recommend that you come here especially visit this place. Instead, if you are passing from here then you can visit this place. If you are living nearby then you can go there.
  • Walk at this place very carefully there are many places where you can slip and fell down.
Facilities at Gandharpale Caves Mahad

If you are planning to visit Buddha Leni or Pandavleni Mahad I recommend some tips you keep remember before visiting this place.
  • Drinking water facility not there.
  • There are no facilities for taking food or lunch.
  • There is not a washroom at this place and nearby area.
  • You should carry some snacks, food and drinking water with you. Then so after reaching there, you can take after visiting this place during relaxing there.
How to Reach Mahad Buddha Leni

You can reach this place very easily by Mahad Bus Stand. The buses go towards Panvel can drop you at this place. You can also get a taxi or Vikram but not very frequently. There is not any stoppage near this place for buses. Mahad Leni is approximately 5 km far away from the Mahad ST bus stand and it will take around 15 - 20 minutes to reach there. The nearest railway station is Veer railway station which is not good for going there. You will not get any transport for Leni Mahad. You have to book privately a taxi or Vikram for it.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Surat

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Temple in Surat
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Ved Road Surat
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul is situated in India’s Diamond city, Surat. It is an educational and religious organization. Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul’s headquarter is situated in Rajkot. Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul is a popular place in the Surat. Local and nearby city tourists frequently visit this place. It includes the Swaminarayan temple, Fun Park, Nature Park, science exhibition, and religious programs.

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul building is like a palace which has school and temple both. We can divide this nice place into two parts broadly. One part is the school which provides the traditional and modern education to the students and another part is the big temple of Shree Swaminarayan which gives religious education to everyone. Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul is like a unique Diamond in Surat which spreading light of education and religion in the Surat city.

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul History

Lord Swaminarayan Mandir in Surat
A view of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul
For nourishing and spreading the principles of Lord Shree Swaminarayan, in the year 1948 H.H. Gurudev Shastriji Maharaj Shri Dharmajivandasji Swami established the Shri Swaminarayan Gurukul in Rajkot, Gujarat. Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul participates actively in many activities such as social, environmental, spiritual, moral & cultural, medical, and relief work. Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Organization has ten branches in all over India. It has international branches also in the United States and other countries.

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Objectives

The main goal of this organization is to spread good and true education given by Shree Swaminarayan which they called as ''Sadvidya''. The other objectives of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul are listed below.
  • Teaching to everyone about secular harmony so they can respect each other.
  • Developing a good character in students by providing real education.
  • Balancing between spirituality and modernity education.
  • Develop students as the best Patriots of the nation.
  • Develop students to perform best in each field.
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vidyalaya

Best School in Surat
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vidyalaya 
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vidyalaya is the English Medium School, affiliated with CBSE board. The other school is affiliated with the GSEB or state board of Gujarat. In this school, the study is provided in the Gujarati language. School offers various extraordinary courses in art, science, and commerce. The school has KG to12th classes in English and Gujarati medium.

The school offers hostel facility for students in class 8th to 12th, who study here from other cities. Teaching faculty is very good, they provide quality education to students. The school environment is very good and very supporting staff is there who help students very carefully. Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul is founded in the year 1992 to provide quality education in Indian culture and manner.

It is a good school with all the necessary facilities for kids. There is a big playground, a nature park, a garden, toilets, food court, drinking water, parking facility, library, computer lab, and many more things. In Surat city, it is among the best schools with hostel facilities but for boys only.

Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Gurukul

Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Surat
Shree Swaminarayan Temple at Gurukul
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul campus having a very big temple of Shree Swaminarayan. Shree Swaminarayan temple has a very beautiful statue of Lord Shree Swaminarayan. There is also a small statue of Lord Swaminarayan sitting on the Palaki. Devotees come to swing the Palaki of Lord Swaminarayan. Shree Swaminarayan Temple is the temple of truth, kindness, silence, and compassion. You can feel here the true spirituality and spend some quality time of your life in this temple. You can see lots of devotees sit in the temple hall and praying.

Info City - Science Modal Exhibition

For the visitors and tourist, there is a very interesting science exhibition where you can see lots of science working models and projects. There are 64 scientific projects displayed for the audience to explain the scientific principles of light, sound, heat, magnetism, etc. You can learn many scientific concepts with easily understandable models. This exhibition is good for those peoples who not belong to science background. There is a mirror room, in which you can feel like you are in a crowded place. You can enjoy lots of fun here.

Religious Cultural Exhibition- Pradarshani

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul is also famous for its religious-cultural exhibition called ''Pradarshani''. It is the best place for religious peoples who want to see this type of exhibitions. There are lots of statues of various Hindu Gods mentioned in the holy books of Ramayan and Mahabharat. You can see some working statues of Gods and characters showing the stories of the Hindu religion. There are almost 4000 statues related to Hindu religion showing different scenes. The main interesting show of this exhibition is a mechanical statue telling a story related to Lord Vishnu. You can also see lots of statues telling the stories of Lord Swaminarayan life.

Nature Park at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Surat
Top view of Nature Park of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul
The nature park of the Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul also very good and designed very interestingly for visitors and kids to enjoy lots of with fun. You can see rabbits, some birds and other small animals in cages. There are some small and large statues of animals and some Gods for making the park beautiful. There is also a fountain and some games for enjoying kids.

Gaushala at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Temple Surat
Gaushala at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul
There is a small Gaushala in the Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul campus where you can see many cows. These cows are well cared for by the Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul management. Caring for the cow in the Hindu religion is a very important part. In the Hindu religion, Cow is considered as the form of a mother. Gaushala is the main feature of the Hindu tradition’s Gurukul system. On many occasion such as on Sankrant, Gau-Poosan is organized in the Gurukul.

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Surat Ticket Price

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vidyalaya Surat
Entry Gate of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Surat
For visiting this place there is an entry ticket. The entry fees for kids up to year 10 is Rs. 30/- per kid and for adults Rs. 50/- per person. After taking the ticket you can see science modal exhibition and religious cultural exhibition. You can also enjoy in Nature Park at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul. Entry in Shree Swaminarayan temple is free there is no charge. You can also enjoy the playground of the school where lots of playing equipment such as swings, slides, see-saws, playground climbers, spring, riders, merry-go-rounds and many more.

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Timing

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul opens for visitors after the school timing. When the school is close, the campus opens for the local visitors and tourist at 03:00 pm. Visitors and tourist can enjoy here from 03:00 pm to 08:00 pm. You can see this place in almost 2-3 hours very easily and enjoy each place in the Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul campus. Entry in school is not allowed for visitors.

Facilities at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul

Lord Swaminarayan Temple in Surat
Restaurant and food shops at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul
  • For visitors, there is a free slipper or shoes keeping service where you can keep your slippers or shoes.
  • Available Restaurant and food shops for kids and visitors also.
  • Nature Park with some animals like rabbits.
  • Garden for kids and local public.
  • Washrooms and toilets
  • Very big playground
  • Free parking facility
  • Drinking water
TouristBug's Recommendations
  • Photography and camera are not allowed inside the Science and Religious Cultural Exhibition.
  • Photography and camera are allowed outside the Science and Religious Cultural Exhibition.
  • Shoes and slippers not allowed inside the Science and Religious Cultural Exhibition.
  • Don't carry or take edible items inside the Science and Religious Cultural Exhibition.
  • Keep kids with you. They can go here and there.
How to Reach to Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Surat

Surat is a very famous city in Gujarat. You can reach at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul very easily it is very famous in Surat. The railway station and bus stand in Surat is nearby to each other. You can get a city bus and tempo and Vikram for Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul. You can also book a cab or taxi for better convenience. I was visited this place by booking a taxi. Till date, I visited this place two times and enjoy each time a lot.

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Surat Address

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul
Address: Ved Rd, Narayan Munidev Society, Katargam, Surat, Gujarat 395004

Website: http://gurukulsurat.org/