The city of Ahmedabad, situated in Gujarat State in India, is full of holy and ancient temples of Hindu religion. We were able to visit few of such ancient Hindu temples during our last visit to India. One such ancient and important temple that we were able to visit is the Gita Mandir. Hindus have great faith in Gita and that is why there are many Gita Mandirs situated in India. I am going to cover a brief review on our said visit to this temple at the city of Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad is well connected by all the three means of transportations from almost all the major cities of India. However, if you are staying in the Gujarat State near to the city of Ahmedabad, the best option to reach Ahmedabad is to travel by State Transport buses, which are quiet frequent and convenient. This famous temple is situated in the Astodia area of Ahmedabad near the central bus stand. The Maha Manadaleshwar Vidhyanandji Maharaj established this temple in the year 1878. This temple is spread in a vast area of around 4 acres and is really very impressive. The statue of Gita Mata is placed here at the temple. This statue is made of white smooth marble and has piercing eyes that can hypnotize all the visitors. The statue of Gita Mata is almost in full size and is having four hands like all other goddesses. The statues of other gods like Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman, and the Lord Krishna are also placed here at this temple. The Statue of Lord Nataraj, which is placed here, is fully diamond studded and is said to be the rare in the world. Many foreigners visit this holy temple to see this gorgeous gold and diamond-studded statue of Lord Nataraj. The temple has also got a large auditorium hall. The regular lectures are held in this hall on Gita every day in the evening. Many learned people come here to give speech. The temple interior is made of white marble and all the eighteen parts of the holy book of Gita are written on these marble walls and pillars. The temple has its own clinic, which provides free medical services to the needy persons. The highly qualified Ayurvedic doctors come at this temple for this purpose. The temple has around 100 cows that are kept and nourished at the temple only. The pure milk, Ghee, Butter, and the buttermilk made here are sold to the public on no profit basis. There is also a very beautiful garden all around the main temple. It is really very enjoying to sit and relax in this garden in the evening. The regular artis are held on every mornings and evenings. This event is really worth attending to listen to sweet Gita Shlocks, both in the mornings and the evenings. There is also a very big library, connected to this temple. Most of the ancient books on Hindu religion are available at this library. All the visitors can become a member of this library free of cost and derive the benefits of reading pure and religious books. There is a very heavy rush of people at this temple during the evening hours.
There are many small shops near the entrance gate of the temple that sell all types of religious items like flowers, coconuts, and other such items. All the site seeing buses plying in the city of Ahmedabad invariably makes the visit to this ancient temple. However, time allotted by such site seeing buses to view this ancient and historic temple is only 20 minutes, which is not at all sufficient to view the entire temple in detail. That is why it would be better to visit this Gita Mandir on your own with at least one and a half hours time slot. It is suggested to visit city of Ahmedabad during the winter months as the summer months are quiet severe at Ahmedabad. There is a dharmshala attached to this temple, in which the pilgrims can stay for the night halt at very nominal charges of around Rs.50 ($1) per day. The pure and hygienic Gujarati food is also served at the restaurant of this temple at the rates of Rs.30 (sixty cents) per person.
We really enjoyed our visit to this ancient and historical Gita Mandir at Ahmedabad and suggest all my AC readers and friends to visit it during their next trip to Ahmedabad in India.