Chotila Chamunda Mata Temple Timings
To know the Darshan and Aarti timings of Chotila temple, you can check further. Consequently, find answers to Why there is twin idol of Chamunda Maa at Chotila temple, Why you should not enter the Chotila Chamunda Temple after evening Aarti, How to reach the Chotila Temple and about the special Aarti of Chotila Temple.
Chotila was called Chotgadh in ancient times. The temple actually belonged to Sodha Parmars then later was conquered by Khachar Kathis who made it one of their principal seats.
Most of the Khachar Khatis have their origin from this temple. The Chamund or Chotila hill is surmounted by the temple of Chamunda Maa.
You need to climb 620 steps to reach the temple. The town is administered by the Nagarpalika.
Chotila Temple Timings
- Darshan Timings of Chotila Chamunda Temple
Temple Opening Timing – 5:00 AM
Temple Closing Timing – 7:30 PM
- Aarti Timings of Chotila Chamunda Temple
Morning Aarti Timing
6:00 AM – Monday to Saturday
5:30 AM – Sunday
4:00 AM – During Purnima
Evening Aarti Timing
6:00 PM – During Purnima
- Prasad Details at Chotila Chamunda Temple
Free Prasad is offered by the temple.
The Prasad is available from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Things to know about Chotila Chamunda Temple –
History of Chotila Chamunda Temple
You may be wondering about the twin idol of Chamunda Mataji? How did the idol of Chamunda known to people? What happens when you enter the Chotila temple after Evening Aarti?
The idol of Chotila Temple is self-manifested. Mata once came in dream of his bhakt. He ordered him to dig a certain place and unveil her idol. He did so and found the idol of Chamunda Maa. At the same place the temple was built. Today, also the temple is at the same place yet there are many changes with extended hall and steps with carpet for the convenience of the pilgrims.
The twin idols of the Chamunda concludes in the following way. Kario Bhil was the bhakt of Chamunda Maa. He has promised Chamunda Maa that if he is begot with a child he would build another idol of Chamunda Maa at Chotila Temple. After, getting a child he forget his wish and got busy with his routines. Maa has also given him the shawl that would let him into air when he sat on it. This man had given task to save the jewels and money that British took away and then to distribute them among the poor. But, once while doing this he was caught and was sentenced to jail. While, he was sleeping he got the dream of Maa and Maa reminded him of his promise. Kario Bhil realised his mistake and promised to build another idol of Maa. But, Chamunda Maa was dayalu and self-manifested another idol of herself. This is why there are two idols of Chamunda Maa.
No one is allowed to stay near the temple after the evening Aarti not even the pujaris. This can be stated by the story of a man who slept outside the temple during the night. When, he woke up in the morning he found himself at the bottom of the hill. Its believed there’s a lion who protects the Maa. So, there’s an idol of lion near the Chamunda Maa Temple.
During, Navratri Garba is held near the temple. There’s also a small lake near the temple.
How to climb the Chamunda Maa Temple Chotila?
There are 62o steps to climb and you can reach the Temple. Its believed that you need to suffer little physical strain to meet the Mata, so almost all the Matas are located on the climb. Yet, now there had been ropeway facility at many places but there’s no cable car or ropeway available to reach the Chamunda temple. You need to climb the steps.
The Ambani brothers Anil Ambani and Mukesh Ambani had made your climb a bit easier by introducing carpets on steps and shades over the steps. You will be enjoying the mesmerizing view of surrounding after reaching high at the Chamunda Shakti Peeth.
How is the Aarti performed at the Chotila Temple?
The Aarti at Chotila temple is performed in a different way. There’s no chanting of praising words or anything. The Aarti starts with Dhoop and Diyas or Lamps. The Aarti goes on with beating of drums and enlightens the surrounding.
How to reach Chamunda Temple Chotila?
Rajkot is just 47.5 Km from the Chotila temple. So, to reach Chotila by rail route you need to get down at Rajkot Railway Station. Then, travel to Chotila by cab or any public transport.
Travelling to Chotila by bus is the most convenient way to reach the temple. GSRTC Buses are easily available from major cities of Gujarat. The Chotila bus stand is just 65o meters from the temple.
Rajkot Airport is nearest airport to Chotila temple. Chotila is located 50 Km from the temple. Get down to airport and hire a cab to reach the temple.