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Kalika Mata Temple

Declared as a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO is a temple known as Kalika Mata Temple located in Pavagadh in Gujarat. It is situated in the Panchmahal district. The temple consists of idols of three goddesses that include Kalika Mata in the centre, Kali on the right and, Bahucharamata on the left. The origins of this temple can be traced back to the 10th or 11th centuries. Important travel information regarding this “religious” pilgrimage site is as follows.

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a. Best time to visit:

The perfect time to visit this temple is during the winter which begins in October and ends in February when the climate is extremely pleasant with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 26 degree Celsius to a minimum of 9 degree Celsius.

b. How to reach Kalika Mata Temple?

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Kalika Mata Temple Map

1. By train:

The closest railway station is located in Vadodara. The Vadodara Railway Station is well connected to major cities and towns in the country.

2. By road:

There are a number of bus services available from Vadodara that connect to major cities and towns in the country. Additionally, there are bus services available from Vadodara that connect to Pavagadh.

3. By air:

The nearest airport to this temple is located in Vadodara. The Vadodara Airport is well connected to major cities in the country such as Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai etc.

c. Religious significance:

According to legend the Kalika Mata was invoked and then an idol of the goddess was installed by Vishvamitra, a revered Hindu saint on the Pavagadh Hill. It was this installed idol that was then converted into a temple. The goddess was then worshipped in the form of Durga or Chandi. This temple which is dedicated to Goddess Kali is supposed to have been the residence of Kali Mata herself. Furthermore, a myth also states that the toe of Goddess Sati is supposed to fallen at the site of this temple. Hence this temple is considered to be one of the “Shakti Peethas” i.e. sites of worship where the ashes of Goddess Sati’s body parts were supposed to have fallen.

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