Panchmahal (Gujarat): Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the redeveloped Kalika Mata temple atop the Pavagadh hill in the Panchmahal district of Gujarat on Saturday.
The Prime Minister hoisted the temple flag after performing pooja. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel was also present with the Prime Minister on the occasion.
According to the Gujarat information department, “After the ascent of Pavagadh in the fifteenth century, the peak of the temple was dilapidated for the last five centuries. The summit has now been redesigned with a new look.”
“First, the foundation of a large campus was laid by widening the top of Pavagadh Hill, then ancillary facilities were erected on the first and second floor of the campus. The original sanctum has been kept intact and the entire temple has been rebuilt. The main temple and the open area have been widened. In the old temple of Mataji where there was a dargah in place of the “Shikhar”. The dargah has been relocated in an amicable settlement and a new “Shikhar” has been constructed, on which the flagpole has been restored and the flag will be unfurled there,” added the official statement.
Dargah was Removed And Kalika Mata Temple was Redeveloped:
According to the temple trust, for the first time, the temple will have a shikhara (superstructure and shikhara) where the erstwhile Dargah of Hazrat Sadanshah stood, which was shifted to a location next to the temple during the redevelopment. was done.
Shifting the dargah was the most challenging part of the redevelopment work of the temple. “We also reconstructed the dargah as per the agreement,” the trustee added. The temple and the dargah have been rebuilt under the supervision of Ahmedabad-based architect Ashish Sompura. Ram temple is also being constructed in Ayodhya under his supervision.
Kalika Mata Temple is a Shaktipeeth:
It is believed that here the right toe of Maa Sati fell and hence Kalika Mata temple is worshipped as Shaktipeeth, and Rajput kings used to hoist the flag here. In the 15th century, Sultan Mahmud Begada attacked Champaner, where he established his capital and ‘destroyed the spire of the temple’ and built a Dargah.