Sunday, July 17, 2016

Powerful Stone Slab Devi's Temple of Amber fort

Towards the end of sixteenth century, Maharaja Mansingh brought the statue of the goddess Shila Mata from the eastern part of Bengal. In the kingdom of Pratapaditya, Maharaja Mansingh received a defeat at the hands of king Kedar. Humiliated and depressed, the Maharaja worshipped goddess Kali to please her and receive her blessings so as to change his defeat into victory. Kali  appeared in a dream to bless him. The goddess also obtained a promise from the Maharaja that he would establish her shrine in his capital. The idol of goddess was recovered from sea in the form of a Shila (Slab) and it was brought to Amer when cleaned and washed, the present idol appeared. This is why the goddess is named as Shila Mata.

Extremely beautiful is the whole conception of the temple. Adherence to the principles of Vastu has made the temple an ideal work of architecture. The idol of goddess Durga (Shila Mata) commands great respect of people. Tourists of all countries come to see the temples. On Navaratras, special pooja is offered.

The fort and the temple are on a hill covered with verdurous coverage. It is cozily nestled in the lap of mother nature. The surrounding hills of Amer reverberate when special Pooja is offered and drums are beaten. The visitors and tourist find that moment a most memorable life time experience.

Festivals & Fairs in Temple (Main Events):
In the bright half of the month of Ashwin and Chaitra, the first nine days are held sacred for religious Practices and ritualistic performances. The devotees, specially in this holy and auspicious period, offer special prayers. For all the nine day a constant stream of people can be seen and the sea of humanity assembled here evokes great and sublime thoughts of veneration of the mother goddess.

Timings:
Morning Time:6.00 am to 12.00 pm
Evening Time: 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm

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