Dakshineswar Temple, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Deity: Goddess Kali
Location: Kolkata
Built in: 1885
Built by: Rani Rashmoni
STD Code: 033
Best time to visit: October to March

The Dakshineswar Kali Temple located in Dakshineswar locality, Kolkata. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali.

The temple compound, apart from the nine-spired main temple, contains a large courtyard surrounding the temple, with rooms along the boundary walls. There are twelve shrines dedicated to the aspects of Shiva, Kali’s companion, along the riverfront, a temple to Radha-Krishna, a bathing ghat on the river, a bookshop, a shrine to Rani Rashmoni. The chamber in the northwestern corner just beyond the last of the Shiva temples is where Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa spent a considerable part of his life. It is Holiest place in the Universe.

Dakshineswar Ramakrishna Sangha Adyapath operates in the region. The compound contains many orphanages, schools and homes for elderly people. The organization has been dedicated to the great spiritual leader.

Legend:
In the year 1847, the wealthy widow queen Rani Rashmoni prepared to go upon a long pilgrimage to the sacred city of Banaras to express her devotions to the Divine Mother. In those days there was no railway line between Calcutta and Banaras and it was more comfortable for rich persons to make the journey by boat rather than by road. We are told that the convoy of Rani Rashmoni consisted of twenty four boats carrying relatives, servants, and supplies.

But the night before the pilgrimage began, the Divine Mother, in the form of the goddess Kali, intervened. She appeared to the Rani in a dream and said, “There is no need to go to Banaras. Install my statue in a beautiful temple on the banks of the Gangas River and arrange for my worship there. Then I shall manifest myself in the image and accept worship at that place.” Profoundly affected by the dream, the Rani immediately looked for and purchased land, and promptly began construction of the temple. The large temple complex, built between 1847 and 1855, had as its centerpiece a shrine of the goddess Kali. A scholarly and elderly sage was chosen as the head priest and the temple was consecrated in 1855. Within the year this priest died and his responsibility passed to his younger brother, Ramakrishna, who over the next thirty years would bring great fame to the Dakshineswar temple.

Places of Interest:
To the north of the Kali-temple is a Dalan of Radha-Krishna. To the west, twelve Siva temples of Bengali atchala style stand in rows on the Hughli River with a ‘chandni-bathing ghat’, which is flanked by these Shiva temples, six each on either side. The temple compound on three sides – north, east and south – are enclosed by rows of guestrooms and offices.

How to reach:
by Air: Kolkata is well connected by air to all major countries in the world, as well as to Indian cities.
by Rail: Trains are available from all parts of the country to Calcutta. Most inward bound trains stop at Howrah, which is also the station from which major trains to other cities depart.
by Road: A few buses ply from Orissa and Bihar to Calcutta Buses are also available to nearby towns.

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Naina Devi, Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, India

Deities: Goddess Naina Devi
Location: Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh
Built in: 1880
Built by: Raja Bir Chand
Importance: One of Shakti Pithas
Best time to visit: July to September
Altitude: 3,995m
STD Code: 01978

“O! Mother, you always prevail in heart of every individual in form of Wisdom, Wealth and Strength. Please shower your blessings on us.”

The most notable place of worship in the district is the temple of Shri Naina Devi. It is one of the 51 ‘Shakti Pithas’. Situated 60 km from Bilaspur district in Himachal Pradesh, Naina Devi Temple is one of the highly venerated Shakti Temples in India. The charming hill resort of Nainital gets its name from the Goddess Naina Devi. A temple dedicated to the deity stands here. The Naina Devi temple is situated atop Naina hillock in Nainital.

The word Naina is synonymous with Sati’s eyes. Since then, devotees started visiting this temple. On the right side of the temple there are idols of Lord Hanuman Ji and Ganesh Ji. After reaching the main entrance of the temple, there are two statues of lions. Inside the temple, devotees have darshan of three deities. On the extreme left is Mata Kali Devi, the centre representing two Netras or eyes is Maa Naina Devi and to right side is idol of Lord Ganesh.

History:
There was a peepal tree which is existing even today in the temple premises. Naina often observed that milk would flow down from the breast of cows which have not given birth to the babies when they stand under that papal tree, Naina wondered over this incidence. One day Naina went under that tree and saw that there was an idol of durga beneath the leaves of the tree. The same day Durga Maa appeared in the dreams of Naina at night and said to him “I am Adishakti Durga” you should build a temple at this place under the peepal tree and I will become famous with your name. Naina was a staunch devotee of Durga and in the morning the next day he laid down for the temple. Very soon the information and importance of this place went around in all directions and devotees started powering in for darshan. This beautiful temple is known as Naina Devi Temple since then. There is also a cave near the temple which is known as the cave of Naina Devi.

Legend:
The attractive lake of Nainital is said to be the eyes of Sati, wife of Lord Shiva. Sati had jumped into the sacrificial fire to escape the humiliation of her husband by her father, King Daksh. Then Lord Vishnu unleashed. His Chakra and cut the Sati’s body into fifty one pieces to save the earth from Shiva’s wrath. All the fifty one places – where parts of Sati’s body fell.It is believed that Sati’s eyes fell at the place where this temple is situated. Therefore, this temple is called Naina Devi.

To mourn the death of his beloved wife, Shiva carried her mortal remains across the country. The parts of her body fell at various places which today are sacred places of worship for Hindus. It is said that the shimmering green waters of the Naini Lake is a reflection of the emerald green eye of Sati. ‘Naina’ means eyes which symbolizes the eyes of Sati. On the northern side of the lake is built a temple dedicated to Sati and is called the Naina Devi temple.

Festival:
Naina Devi welcomes one and all throughout the year. There are 3 festivals Navratris, Shravani & Chaitra.

The Navaratri celebration in Sept -Oct is the largest fair and two more annual melas i.e. Shravani Mela in July-August & Chaitra mela in March-April , attract lakhs of people of divergent religious faith, caste, creed and culture. The colourful melas become the melting pot of Hindus, Sikhs and others-a unique sight of real Unity in Diversity.

Other important temples in Himachal Pradesh:
Baijnath Temple
Jwalamukhi Temple
Bajreshwari Devi Temple
Masroor Rock Temple
Kathgarh Temple
Lakshami Narayan Temple
Chaurasi Temples of Bharmaur
Hadimba Temple
Bijli Mahadev Temple
Prashar Temple
Bhima Kali Temple
Hatkoti Temple

How to reach:
by Air: The nearest airport is at Shimla, 85 km away.
by Rail: The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Kiratpur Sahib (65 km), while the closest narrow gauge railway station is at Shimla.
by Road: Well-connected by the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway-21, Bilaspur can be reached by bus conveniently from New Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, etc.

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Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati, Assam, India

Deity: Goddess Kamakhya
Known As: Shakti Piths
Location: Guwahati, Kamrup District, Assam
Built By: King Narakasur
Re Built By: King Coochbihar Nar Narayan
Best time to Visit: Best to check with Kamrup District office, Assam

The temple of Kamakhya is situated on a hill three miles from Guwahati, the headquarters of the Kamrup District. It is about eight hundred feet above sea level. There is a small township on the hillock consisting of some 200 families who are mostly connected with the temple. It has certain modern facilities too such as a Post Office and certain educational institutions upto high school standard level.

The Legend of Kamakhya:
The name of the hillock where the shrine stands is called “Nilachala” (Blue Mountain). This name is associated with legend, which is preserved in the Kalika Purana in the chapter on ‘Daksa Yagna’. According to this source, when King Daksha, the father of Parvati (Sati), instituted a great sacrifice, he sent invitation to all his daughters and the gods and sages except his eldest daughter Parvati and Shiva, his son-in-law, as he disliked them.

This dislike was due to the fact that in spite of his opposition Parvati married Shiva, whose peculiar habits and quite irrelevant attitude were not favoured by him. Parvati however, came to learn about the performance of the sacrifice through Narada. She further learnt from Narada that all her sisters with their husbands had gone there. She very much desired to see her parents as well as her sisters and also wanted to know from her father what made him ‘adopt such a negligent attitude towards her and her husband.

Therefore, with the permission of her husband, Parvati journeyed to her father’s place uninvited. But to her utter dismay she found her father not a bit happy at her arrival. This was naturally discouraging to Parvati, who was further mortified to find that no necessary arrangement was made for the reception of Shiva although great care was taken to assign places of honour to all other gods. When she asked her father why Shiva was so much neglected by him, Daksha, without making secret of his displeasure started abusing Shiva.

Parvati could not bear to hear the insults and took her seat on the ground, closed her eyes, and reduced her body to ashes by the yogic fire produced internally by abstract meditation on Shiva.
Shiva, overcome by grief, destroyed Daksha’s sacrifice and wandered hither and thither in frantic sorrow carrying her dead body on his head. Brahma and other gods grew alarmed and approached Vishnu to put a stop to Shiva’s penance and save the world from destruction. Brahma, Vishnu and Shani then conspired to deprive Shiva of his wife’s body and free him from infatuation. These three gods, thereupon, entered into the dead body of Sati and disposed of it limb by limb.

The Sacred PithsThe places where pieces of Sati’s body fell are said to have become ‘Piths’ i.e., sacred places for worship of the goddess in her different forms and as much of the eastern land as was covered by wandering Shiva with Sati’s body on his shoulder should be regarded as sacrificial land or “Yajnodaka Desah”. The early Puranas and the Tantras, how ever, make mention only of the four important Piths (catus pith),

Which are:
(I) Odra, seat of Goddess Katyayani and Jagannath, in the west.
(I I) Jala Saila, seat of the Goddess Chandi and God Mahadev, in the north.
(I I I) Purna or Purnasaila (Purnagiri), seat of Goddess Purnesvari and God Mahanatha, in the south
(IV) Kamrup, seat of Kamesvari and Kamesvara, in the east.

The Foundation:
Having a stronghold of Goddess Shakti (Mahakali) Kamakhya became the centre of Tantra cultism. The original temple was installed by the king of Giant’s ‘Narakasur’ was destroyed by ‘Kalapahar’ in 1553 led to the building of a new temple in 1665 by the King of Coochbihar Nar Narayan.

Layout of the Temple:
The vertex of the temple is oval shaped like beehive-having 7 spires, 3 golden pitchers on blossoming lotus, upon that a golden trident. The temple is beautifully decorated and ornamented with gods & goddesses of Hindu Purana being depicted there on the temple wall. Even Lord Shiva in beard & whiskers is depicted in the temple.

The temple represents old Ahom sculpture. Goddess Kamakhya made of an alloy of 8 metals is seated on a throne made of five jewels (Panchratna), and is being worshipped in the other forms of Goddess ‘Durga’, ‘Kali’, ‘Tara’, ‘Kamala’, ‘Uma’, and ‘Chamunda’ also. The Goddess is very potent.

Kamakhya is one of the 51 piths. The vaginal form of sati severed by Vishnu-wheel was dropped here. A flight of steps leads into the dim lit interior where Devi Kamakhya is seated. The ‘Devi Kunda’ or the interior of the temple is in excess of water level overflowing out of the breach made of holy vaginal-pulpit.

The Ambubachi Festival Rituals:
In the period of Ambubachi the Goddess has the period of menses. The colour of the water also becomes red. Drinking the water acts like a cure-all medicine. The divinity and nobility of the bloodstained cloths of Devi is unending. Highest festival is performed on the eve of Ambubachi. One can view the goddess or the vaginal form of Devi covered on red cloth in candlelight. The sacrifice of buffalo is customarily a part of the grand festival.

Pilgrims gather from all over India and tourists crowd the festival. However, in the period of Ambubachi, the temple remains closed for 3 consecutive days. A marriage festival on the occasion of Devi’s marriage with Lord Kameswar is called “Paus-Bia”. The Spring festival in spring season and such other festivals are celebrated round the year in Kamakhya.

The Beliefs:
This temple is pervaded with scores of prejudices, horrors, thrills and mysteries. Legend says man becomes sheepish at the Devi Kamakhya hill. Devis anger might deprive one of one’s lines of descent. Again, the blessing of Devi may help a barren woman to bear child.

The temple remains open from 8.00 am to sunset, except for 2 hours at noon. In the front premises of the temple, there is a pool namely, “Sauvagya Kunda” and other temples of “Dasamahavidya”, “Siddhesvara” and “Kameswar” are located around the main temple of Devi Kamakhya.

How to Reach:
by Road: A fine road, which can be used for light vehicular traffic and the stone pathway, connect the foot of the hill with the top. Buses ply every 10 or 15 minutes from Guwahati to the foot of the hill from where one can go to the top by taxis that are readily available at the bus stop.

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Hatimura Temple, Silghat, Assam, India

Deity: Mahisamardini Devi
Known As: Hatimura temple
Location: Silghat
Best time to Visit: Best to check with Nowgong District office, Assam

Introduction:
The present Hatimura temple, at Silghat, in Nowgong district, was probably built on the ruins of an old stone ’temple in the Saka year 1667 (1745-46 A.D.) in the reign of King Pramatt Singh of the Ahom dynasty. It is a brick temple, which still exists although in a very dilapidated condition. The presiding deity of the temple is the Mahisamardini. The goddess is represented with slender waist, broad breasts, ten hands, and holding different weapons in each hand.

She is seen placing her right foot on the lion, and pressing the shoulder of the buffalo demon with her left. She pierces the trident through the body of the demon, and has fastened his arm with a noose. To put her weight on the Asura, the goddess is slightly bent to the left. The lion is also represented attacking the demon. The whole composition of the goddess is as given in the text.

The temple was one of the important centres of Shaktism, in early Assam. At one time even human sacrifices were made at the altars of the temple. A big sword supposed to have been used for human sacrifices has been deposited in Assam Provincial Museum, Guwahati.

We are thankful to Author of above article to Mr B. K. Barua & H. V. Sreenivasa Murthy

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Ramachandi Temple, Puri, Orissa, India

Deity: Goddess Ramachandi
Location: Konark, Puri
Also known as: Mayadevi Temple
Best time to visit: October to March
STD Code: 06758

Ramachandi Temple is on a beautiful spot on the banks of the Kusabhadra River where it flows into the Bay of Bengal. It is only 5 km away from Konark in the Khordha District of Orissa. Southwest of the Sun temple. About 10 km along the beach is the famous Ramachandi Temple. It is an ideal picnic spot.

Goddess Ramachandi, the deity of Konark is thought by some to be the presiding deity of this temple, while others thought it to be the temple of Mayadevi, wife of Surya (Sun god). She was the main deity or goddess of Konark. The people of this place worship the goddess with great respect and devotion. Ramachandi Temple was one of the most historical temples of Orissa.

Now the temple has collapsed leaving remains of its broken walls and the empty throne. There is no historical evidence to conclude about its presiding deity there are, however, difference of opinion about the presiding deity of this temple. It has been surmised by some. As found in Puri Jagannath temple as well as in Bhubaneswar Lingaraj temple, so also Ramachandi, the chief goddess of the kshetra was perhaps enshrined in the enclosure of the main temple of Konark.

There is also a popular story current about leaving of Konark by Ramachandi due to attack of Muslim Suleman Kalapahad in 1568.The goddess Ramachandi dressed as a Maluni (maid servant) told Kalapahad to wait at the door till she returned with water for the goddess. Kalapahad waited anxiously to get some cold water for a long time. But when it was too late he entered into the temple and found the throne empty. Then he followed the Maluni with great anger thinking that the Maluni carried away the goddess. He reached the bank of the river Kushabhadra and found the goddess Ramachandi floating in the middle of the river. The river was as in full spate, he came back without being able to cross the river. Being advised by goddess in a dream, a Panda (priest) built a temple on the bank of the river Kushabhadra, near the sea shore which is a sandy deserted place. Now the place is called Ramachandi and every year many visitors come here to enjoy the charming sight of nature and to make amusement.

The main temple along with its Mukhasala had been built on one platform of 3′.2” (965 cm) high. On the three sides of the temple walls i.e. south, west and north there were three figures of Sun god as side Gods. Now one can see these side gods in north and southern side, where as the figure of the western side has been displaced and is said to have been preserved in the National Museum at New Delhi. This image is said to have some sculptural specialization and is regarded to be one of the beautiful images of the Sun god. Though smaller in size, the side-gods of this temple are of similar type in all respet with the side-Gods in the Sun temple. Only we find today the side images of the northern side is somewhat in good condition while the image in the southern side has no head and the hands broken.

There is only one door to enter into the temple through the eastern door of the Mukhasala. The throne of the presiding deity inside the main temple has also been broken in architectural totality this temple is of high order and attracts visitors.

Other holy places:
Konark the Sun Temple
Sri Gundicha Mandir
Sri Lokannath Temple
Alaranath Temple
Sakhi Gopal

How to reach:
by Air: Nearest airport Bhubaneshwar- 64 kms is connected with Calcutta, Delhi, Hyderabad, Madras and Nagpur.
by Rail: Nearest railheads Puri- 31 kms and Bhubaneshwar- 64 kms are connected with the major places.
by Road: Konark is well-connected with Bhubaneshwar as well as the major places.

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Ambaji, Danta, Gujarat, India

Deities: Goddess Ambaji
Location: Ambaji, Gujarat
Significance: One of the 51 Shaktipeeths.
STD Code: 02749

Ambaji is a census town in Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat, India. It is situated at a distance of approximately 65 kilometers from Palanpur and 45 kilometers from Mount Abu and 20 kilometers from Abu Road near the Gujarat and Rajasthan border.

Ambaji is an important temple town with millions of devotees visiting the Ambaji temple every year. It is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths.The original seats of Ambaji mata is on gabbar hilltop in the town. Ambaji town is known for possessing mines which produce fine quality marble and granite.

Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata temple is the origin of the Supreme Cosmic Power of the Universe. This Temple is one of the Shri Adhya Shakti Devi. The Goddess is a manifestation of Shiva’s consort, Parvati. Ambe Mata is the Adya Shakti- the primordial female power, the Mother Goddess.

The Great Miracle of this Holy Place is that there is no idol or picture in the Nij Mandir of Shri Arasuri Mata Ambaji, but a simple cave like Gokh in the inner wall, in which A Gold Plated Holy Shakti Visa Shree Yantra, having kurma back convex shape and 51 Bij letters there in, like that of the original Yantras of Nepal and Ujjain Shakti Piths, is ritually installed in such a way it can be visible for devotion, but it was never photographed in past nor in future.

The Main Temple of Ambaji with a big Mandap has a Holy Gokh of Mataji in the Garbhgruh, in front of huge Chachar Chowk carpeted with beautiful marbles near Yagnashala. All the ritual worships of Ambaji is performed in Chachar Chowk The Temple has a glorious Suvarn Kalash Shikhar, shining at 103 feet height on the top of the temple, weighing more than 3 tones as a whole The Holy Long Flag of Ambaji and Trishul.

The newly constructed Main Temple Nij Mandir is worth seeing all time for its holy significance in Shaki Sampraday – the worship of the supreme power of cosmic energy and is also for its wonderful carvings on artistic renovation displaying an Indian traditional culture.

In the total area of about 20 meters X 9.50 meters as a whole in place of the above shown old Havan Shala, new Havan Shala is developed and below this Havan Shala in the Chachar Chowk. The temple is attracting many pilgrims from all over the world. The temple is very famous and is of considerable importance to Hindus.

It is believed that the heart of Goddess Parvati fell here. On the Gabbar Hill the footsteps of Goddess are imprinted. The imprint of her chariot is also found here. It is believed that the tonsure ceremony of Lord Krishna also took place here. Ambaji temple has a golden yantra made jointly with the yantra of Nepal Shaktipeeth at Ujjain. There are 51 shlokas on the yantra.Lacs of devotees visit the temple every year especially on Purnima days culminating into a large mela on Bhadarvi Purnima. Goddess Ambaji Mata has been fulfilling wishes of her devotees for thousands of years.

Festival:
Posh Sud Purnima, i.e. the fifteenth day of the Full Moon Day of each month of Posh as per the religiously believed to be the Birthday of Mata Arasuri Ambaji. Hence it is celebrated with joy at the instance of Shri Arsuri Ambaji Devasthan .Trust by all the people and devotees of Ambaji, coming from all over the world.

Mainly on this holy festival of Poshi Punam, A big Satchandi Yagna is performed by the temple trust in a quite traditional manner with all the Vedic rituals and Mata Ambaji is worshiped with Om Havan and Annakoot, in which Mataji is offered with different kinds of Foods, Fruits and Pakvan and Prasad are distributed to all the devotees and the poor people.

In Ambaji, there are Four Navratri Festivals, namely Sharad, Vasantik ,Maha & Ashadh, ritually celebrated as per the Shakti Sampraday Traditions, and other worships, in Yagnashala of the Chachar Chowk, which is decorated and illuminated with colourful lightings from all corners, during this period of Navratri. The devotees also enjoy Devi Darshan and Traditional Garba Dances.

Nearby important Places:
Mount Abu – 45 Kms
The hill resort of Mount Abu on Aravallis is magnificent land of sages and seers. The major attractions are Nakki Lake, 1000 years’ old Dilwara Jain temples, Head Quarters of Brahmkumaris Foundation etc.

Ahmedabad – 180 Kms
Ahmedabad, once associated with Mahatma Gandhi, is renowned as a great textile and commercial centre. The major attractions are Jama Masjid, Kankaria Lake, the Shaking Minarets, and Rani Rupwati Masjid etc.

Palanpur – 65 Kms
Palanpur is a former princely state ruled by Nawabs. The major attractions are palaces of the Nawab, Balram Mahadev temple etc.

Adderess:
Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust
Temple Trust Office
Ambaji Temple Complex
Ambaji, Pin: 385110
Taluka: Danta
District: Banaskantha
Gujarat
India

Tel: (Office) 0091-2749-262-136, 264-536

Email: info@ambajitemple.org
Web Address:
www.ambajitemple.org

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Amba Devi Temple, Amravati, Maharashtra, India


Deities: Goddess Ambadevi
Location: Amravati, Maharashtra
Major Attractions: Navratri Festival
Best Time to Visit: October-March
STD Code: 0721

Amravati is a city in the state of Maharashtra in India. It is believed to be the city of Lord Indra, the king of all gods. The city boasts of historical temples of Goddess Amba, Lord Shri Krishna and Shri Venkateshwara.

Shri Ambadevi Temple is situated at the heart of the city at Gandhi Square. Maharashtra, which is 155 km from Nagpur. The presiding deity is Amba Devi (Goddess of Shakti). According to legends, it is believed that Shri Krishna married Rukmini after abducting her when she came to pray at the Amba Devi temple. It is a very old temple and can find its mention in the old gazetteers. People from all walks of life and from different parts of India visit this temple.
The Goddess Amba is popular amongst the devotees from Vidarbha. The temple is held in great reverence by Hindus and people from different corners of not only Maharashtra, but the whole of India come to Amravati to pay respects to the Goddess.

Legend:
There is a very interesting legend associated with the Amba Devi Temple of Amaravati. It goes that King Bhishmak’s daughter Rukmini fell in love with Lord Krishna, after hearing the tales of His courage. However, her brother Rukmiya fixed her marriage with his friend, King Shishupal of Chedi. It is said that Rukmini was kidnapped by the Lord just a day before her marriage to Shishupal, when she came to visit the Ambadevi Temple.

Festival:
The Navaratri Festival, which falls just before Dassehra festival, when the whole temple gets beautifully decorated. Is celebrated by people & the temple authorities with gaiety & Harmony. During these nine days various cultural and religious programs are arranged. Big mela is held on this occasion which is visited by people from all walks of life with same enthusiasm. People belonging to, even the neighbouring cities flock to the festival during this time, to catch a glimpse of the Goddess.

Other Attraction:
Melghat Tiger Reserve
Satidham Temple
Chikhaldar
Shri Bhakti Dham Temple
National Park
Chikhaldara

How to reach:
by Air: Nagpur is the nearest airport, which is 155-km away from Amaravati.
by Rail: Nagpur is the terminus of the branch line of Central Railway on Mumbai-Kolkotta main line. It is 1 Km towards West from Amravati Railway station & 1.5 Km.
by Road: Regular buses connect Amaravati with the important towns and cities within the state.

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