Magical Shabri Dham Mandir, Dang, Gujarat

Magical Shabri Dham Mandir, Dang, Gujarat

Shabri Dham Mandir is a beautiful temple in the Dang district of Gujarat near Saputara which is associated with the legend of Shabari meeting Ram.

Magical Shabri Dham Mandir, Dang, Gujarat

White and black clouds hovering above the Shabri Dham Mandir seemed to be playing a game of Tag. A cool wind was blowing across the temple precincts, as we entered it. We were visiting the temple as part of our Saputara itinerary in which we were covering the many attractions of Saputara and other places in the Dang district of Gujarat.

Shabri Dham Temple Dang Gujarat
Shabri Dham Temple Dang Gujarat

Shabari Dham Mandir is a contemporary temple located near the town of Subir, about 27 kilometres from Ahwa, the administrative headquarters of the Dang district of Gujarat, India. As the name suggests, the Shabri Dham Mandir is associated with the legend of Shabari which is told in the great Indian epic, Ramayana.

Shabri Dham Mandir | शबरी धाम 

Magical Shabri Dham Mandir, Dang, Gujarat

If you feel the presence of God in the depths of serene silence, and if you can hear his voice from the elements of nature, then you are sure to love the scenic beauty of the Shabari Dham Mandir. It is a calm and serene place with a beautiful temple. It seems to be right in the middle of nowhere and is surrounded by lush vegetation and one can see hills in the distance.

Shabri Dham Mandir – The Legend of Shabari

Shabri
Shabri

The Shabari Dham Mandir is associated with the legend of Shabari. It is a fascinating story of patience, love, and devotion. In the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana, after the abduction of Sita, Rama and Lakshmana set out in search of her. They reach the banks of the Pampa Sarovar, where they meet an old tribal lady by the name of Shabari.

Shabari was a devoted woman who served the sage Matanga in his ashram. She was very devoted to the saint and when he died, she too had wanted to depart the mortal world. However, the learned sage Matanga, told her that her time had not yet come. She was destined to experience the bliss of darshan of Lord Vishnu who would come in his incarnation as Rama. The years rolled by and Shabari became old and emaciated, but she waited for Lord Rama. When Rama and Lakshmana arrived, she was blinded with devotion and fell at the Lord’s feet.

She offered fruits that she had personally tasted to ensure they were sweet to Rama and Lakshmana. Rama accepted the fruit without any qualms as they spoke volumes of her devotion. He blessed her, and she entered a fire to leave the mortal world and ascend to the heavens.

Visiting Shabri Dham Temple Dang Gujarat | Shabridham Temple

Shabari Dham Surat
Shabari Dham Surat

The black clouds seemed to have won the game of Tag, they completely covered the sky, and we felt the rain drops as we proceeded towards the Shabari Dham Mandir. The drops soon grew to drizzle. However, luckily the drizzle did not turn into a torrent.

Shabri Dham Saputara
Shabri Dham

The rain enhanced the beauty of the picturesque Shabari Dham Mandir and its surroundings. A rainbow which suddenly materialized from nowhere behind the Shikhar of a Shiva temple within the Shabari temple complex lent a surreal aura to the moment.

The main temple within the Shabari Dham Mandir has beautiful idols that depict Shabari kneeling down with devotion at the feet of Ram and Lakshman who are seated in front of her. Three stones which are believed to be the ones on which the three had sat during their meeting in the Treta Yuga are also kept here and worshipped.

Shiva Temple at Shabari Temple Dang Gujarat
Shiva Temple at Shabari Temple Dang Gujarat

Apart from the main temple, there is a Shiva temple where a Shiv Ling is worshipped. There are also smaller temples to Hanuman and Ganesh. Some 10 kilometres from the Shabaridham temple is located a small waterfall with a stream which is known as Pampa Sarovar and has a small temple with the image of Sage Matanga. It is believed that Shabari who used to stay in the ashram of the sage Matanga, met Ram and Lakshman here.

Shabari Dham
Shabari Dham

If you want to have a panoramic view of the area surrounding the Shabari Dham temple, you can climb onto the terrace of the temple for spectacular views of the countryside.

It is interesting to note that during our visit to Anegundi near Hampi in Karnataka, we learned that the place is believed to be the Kishkinda mentioned in the Ramayana. There is a lake known as Pampa Sarovara near this place with many temples. The birthplace of Hanuman is also believed to here on a hill known as Anjanadri. Near Hampi, there is a hill by the name of Matanga Hill, which is believed to be the place where the sage Matanga had lived.

Shabari Temple - शबरी धाम
Shabari Temple – शबरी धाम

Whatever the truth, nothing can be taken away from the sheer divine beauty that you experience when you visit the Shabari Dham Surat Mandir in Dang, Gujarat. The tranquillity and positive vibes that the temple exudes will surely touch the core of your being. A visit to Shabridham and Pampa Sarovar is definitely something that one should experience.

Some Images Of Shabari Dham Mandir

Images Of Shabari Dham Mandir
Images of Shabari Dham Mandir

Here are some images that capture the pristine beauty of Shabridham Mandir and its surroundings, that will give you an idea of the place and the experience it has in store for you.

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Shabridham Temple
Shabridham Temple

Shabari Dham Mandir is located near the town of Subir in the Dang district of Gujarat, India. The temple can be combined with your Saputara visit as one of the attractions to experience. It can also be visited as a day trip from Surat.

  • Shabari Dham to Saputara hill station distance is about 72 kilometres
  • Shabaridham is 32 kilometres from Ahwa
  • Surat to Shabridham Dang distance is about 134 kilometres

By Air

Surat International Airport is the nearest airport from where you can get flights to and from places like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and other places.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Waghai at a distance of about 63 kilometres, from where there is a narrow gauge heritage rail connected to Bilimora. Bilimora is on the main railway line that connects Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

By Road

The Shabari Dham temple is well connected by the state road network and can be accessed very easily.

Where To Stay When Visiting Shabri Dham Temple

Mahal Ecotourism Campsite
Mahal Ecotourism Campsite

There are many options for your stay when visiting Shabri Dham Mandir. The Mahal Ecotourism Campsite is located about 21 kilometres from the temple. You can also choose to stay in Surat, Ahwa, Waghai, or even Saputara.

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FAQ Shabri Dham Mandir

Shabari Dham Gujarat
Shabari Dham Gujarat

Where is Shabri Dham Mandir located?
Shabri Dham Mandir is located near the town of Subir in the Dang district of Gujarat, India.

How far is Shabri Dham temple from Saputara hill station?
The Shabari Dham Mandir is about 72 kilometres from Saputara.

Which is the nearest airport to Shabri Dham Mandir?
Surat at a distance of about 134 kilometres is the nearest airport to Shabri Dham.

How far is Shabri Dham from Ahwa?
Shabri Dham Mandir is about 32 kilometres from Ahwa, Dang.

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Magical Shabri Dham Mandir, Dang, Gujarat

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