I was still in awe for the architecture and beauty of the Adalaj Step Well that I will always remember the place. My itinerary had a few spiritual places too, which I make it a point to include in my visit to the places. The Vaishno Devi Temple in the Ahmedabad temple was quite popular and could hardly be ignored. It wasn’t far away from Adalaj and located on the Sarkhej Gandhinagar highway.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Vaishno Devi and modeled on the similar lines of the one in Jammu and Kashmir. The temple was very crowded when I visited it and one could see devotees from all over the country.
After conversation with the locals, I came to know that this temple draws huge crowds throughout the year and especially during the Navratris when people from far-off places come to visit it. The temple is a small replica of the one located in Jammu district in J&K. This temple can be visited in less than 2 hours as compared to the real one, where it takes at least a day to reach. The temple replicates the original experience of trekking and mountain style worship and darshan of the shrine.
Having seen temples and places of worship in different architectures and styles, the Vaishno Devi Temple is quite a surprise. I never expected that it will be a replica in such a good form. The artificial mountain type structure of the temple is also very good. This temple is for everyone in Gujarat and beyond who cannot go to Jammu to pay a visit and get the blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi, the Goddess is everywhere! The token given in the temple by the priest is same as that in the original one, i.e. a small silver coin.
The mini Vaishno Devi temple visit in Ahmedabad was a peaceful experience. In less than two hours I was done with taking the blessings of the Goddess. The trek was nice as the weather was very pleasant and not so hot. In two hours I was free to visit some other place.
I decided to invest this time by paying a visit to another prominent landmark of the city, which is the Sardar Patel National Memorial.