Amba Devi Temple of Devi / Shakti in the form of Parvathi Amba Gate, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, , Near State Highway No. 6, Patvipura, Dharni, Amravati -444601
Amravati, Maharashtra, IN

According to legends, it is believed that Shri Krishna married Rukmini after abducting her when she came to pray at the Amba Devi temple.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
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    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
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    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
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    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
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    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
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    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
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    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction


About Amba Devi Temple

Shri Amba Devi temple is situated at the heart of the city of Amaravati, 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. Goddess Amba is popular amongst the devotees from Vidarbha.

Shri Amba Devi temple is so ancient that one cannot find even a single mention of it in the old gazetteers. The temple is held in great reverence by Hindus and people from different corners of not only Maharashtra, but the whole of India, who come all the way to Amravati to pay respects to the Goddess.

One of the major attractions of the temple is the Navratri festival, when the whole temple gets beautifully decorated.  People belonging to, even the neighboring cities flock to the festival during this time, to catch a glimpse of the Goddess.  During Navratris, a huge mela (fair) is organized on the grounds of the Ambadevi temple, in which the devotees participate with full enthusiasm. The nearby hotels provide a solution to the accommodation problem faced by the pilgrims.

There is a very interesting legend associated with the Amba Devi temple of Amaravati.  It goes that king Bhishma'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 at Shishupal, when she came to visit the Ambadevi temple.f
The Navaratri Festival, falls just before Dassehra festival, when the whole temple gets beautifully decorated.  It is celebrated by people and the temple authorities with gaiety and 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.

 

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