Ghantakarna Mahavir Temple, Mahudi
Dev Ni Mori, Shamlaji
Polo Forest Site, Vijaynagar
Welcome to Sabarkantha (Himmatnagar),
Sabarkantha is a district in Northeast of Gujarat state of India. The administrative headquarters of the district is Himmatnagar. The name "Himmatnagar" literally means the "Town of Courage" Hathmati is the river of the city. The city was named after the "King Himmat Singh".
The district has famous towns which are Shamlaji, Mahudi, Vijaynagar, Bhiloda, Dhansura, Meghraj, Vadali. Some famous cities in this district are Idar, Khedbrahma, Modasa. Some of the famous places are Ghantakarna Mahavir Temple at Mahudi, Shri Idar Tirth etc.
The remains of a Buddhist monastery belonging to 3rd-4th century AD have been unearthed from Devni Mori, about two km from Shamlaji. The presence of a stupa and monastery has reconfirmed that during the early centuries of Christian era, there had been a strong presence of Buddhists in Vadnagar. Excavating of the stupa brought to light an inscribed casket which contained relics of Budhha. The inscription clearly mentions that the casket contains bodily relics of Buddha.
Mahudi is a village near the river Sabarmati. The main temple of Ghantakarna Mahavir was built around Vikram Savant 1980. Acharyadev Buddhi Sagarsurisvarji was inpired in a dream and drew a figure of Ghantakarna Mahavir with bow and arrow and an idol was carved accordingly. In this shrine there is another larger temple with a 22-inch marble idol of Bhagawan Padmaprabhu sitting in padmasana (lotus) posture, installed by Acharyadev.
The Polo Camp site is located in Vijayanagar taluka of Sabarkantha districts and is near to Vanaj Forest area, Harnav River and Damsite. Presently at Polo Campsite Nature Education Camps, Wild Life training and seminars are organized. The area is biologically rich in flora and fauna and the dense forests and river side provide an excellent opportunity to experience nature.
The area is surrounded with archeologically important Shiv Temple at Sarneshwar, Sadevant Savlings Deras, Surya Mandir, Lakhena Temple, Jain derasar, the ancient Polo Jain Nagri. Harnav river, a small perennial stream, rocks and diversified flora and fauna, dense multistoried forests have been attraction to the visitors, tourists, Research scholars, students as well as natural lovers.
Shamlaji is one of the largest pilgrim temples of the Sabarkantha district in India. It is more commonly known among locals as "Dhodi Dhwaja Vada" because it always has a white silk flag flittering on top of temple. Its unique designs on the outer part of temple is one of its greatest attractions; the image becomes more interesting with the mountains in the background. The temple has a beautiful sculpture of Lord Krishna as Shamdiya bhagwan, with a piece of real diamond embossed on his chin.
The Shamlaji Temple stands in honour of Lord Vishnu. The magnificence of the temple is enhanced by exquisite stone carvings, idols of gods, nymphs, musicians and celestial dancers, beautiful domed ceilings and a toweing spire.Scenes from the epic stories "Mahabharata" and "Ramayana" grace the walls of this 16th- century temple.
Shree Pavapuri Jal Mandir Tirth in Idar( North Gujarat )Sabarkatha, Ranitalav is an exact replica of Bihar 's world famous Pavapuri Jal mandir. At a very beautiful spot on highway no. 8 going towards Ambaji temple. It is at a distance of one kilometer from the Idar village and one and a half kilometers from the foot of the hill. It is amongst the hills.
Shree Pavapuri Jal Mandir covering an area of 20,000 sq. feet is surrounded by Beautiful Ranitalav covering an area of 110 sq. meter, and is linked with 800 feet long and 11 feet wide bridge. Lord Mahavir's main mandir is 72 feet long, 72 feet high and is built on 72 stambhs. Height of Lord Mahvir's Idol is 72 cms, surrounded by 72 putlis (Carved Figures).
Vaktapur Teerth is among the famous pilgrimage sites of the destination and is situated on the Himmatnagar-Idar Highway, near the Vaktapur Village. This teerth is surrounded by a beautiful mango orchard. It has idols of Bhagwan Chintamani Parshwanath, Nakoda Bhairavji and Shri Manibhadravir. The white coloured idol of Bhagwan Chintamani Parshwanath, is in the padmasana posture. Tourists can also visit the nearby Gurumandir of Mandevsuri and a small temple having an idol of Padmavatidevi.
- Some towns - Bhiloda, Dhansura, Meghraj, Vadali, Guru Mandir, Mahudi etc.
- Some cities - Modasa, Khedbrahma, Idar etc.