Ahmedabad: The historic Ambaji temple is going the Golden Temple way. This temple, located on the Gabbar hills in Banaskantha district, and one of the 51 shaktipeeths, will soon have a shikhar of gold. The temple administration has recently pledged to make an offering of 25 kg gold, worth Rs. 5 crore, to the deity.
“We shall use donations from devotees who flock to the temple from different parts of the country, to gold-plate the temple’s shikhar covering the sanctum sanctorum,” said chairman of the Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devsthan Trust and collector of Banaskantha district R.J. Patel.
In 2009, Mukesh had also donated Rs. 75 lakh to the Umiya Mata Mahotsav in Unjha. The annual ritual of lakhs of devotees walking down to Ambaji from all corners of Gujarat and even other states has begun.
This year, temple trustees expect 22 lakh devotees. Eight of the kalashes on the top of the smaller domes of the temple and the main shikhar are already gold plated apart from 350 other small domes. All of these will be covered with gold leaves.
“Within six months we are confident of getting enough gold after which the work to cover the shikhar with gold will begin. The trust has already got Rs. 300 crore in its treasury. But, this money shall not be used for this project,” said Patel.