Gujarat Pimpleshwar Mahadev Saldi
Pimpleshwar Mahadev is one of the historical Hindu temples which is situated in the village of Saldi, in Gujarat. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The annual carnival or the saladi no mela makes the temple quite famous. The carnival takes place in the auspicious month of shravan as in Hindu calendar. As in most of the temples dedicated to lord Shiva has an idol in them, the Pimpleshwar Mahadev doesn’t have any idol. It has a Jaladhari, which is a constant flow of water coming from below the ground. It is a natural flow of water which makes the site famous among its devotees. It is considered to be a very sacred place among the pilgrims as well as the villagers.
Almost 200 years after the formation of the village of Saldi by Salvabhai Patel, an incident took place leading to the formation of the temple. A cow of a herder named Petha Patel was noticed releasing milk everyday at a particular location, situated below a Pimpal tree. The Jaladhari was later discovered at this site. This natural offering of milk by the cow without any help led to the belief among the people of the existence of Lord Shiva at the site.
The first shrine was constructed by Petha Patel in the year 1143 according to the Hindu calendar. Later on the main building was constructed by Sayajirao Gaekwad.
How to Reach
Ahmedabad is well connected by railway from all parts. Saldi is situated 50 km from Ahmedabad. The nearest railway stations to Saldi are Kalol which is 26 km and Mehsana which is 25km. Taxis, rental cars are available near the station as well.
Ahmedabad is connected by the major cities. The airport is situated 10 km from the northeast. One can reach the destination through the cars available from airport as well.
Gujarat is said to have the best connected roads. One can reach Ahmedabad through cars and buses. The roads are also quite smooth.
It has temples of Umiya, Lakshmi Mata, Amba and Nag Devta. The temple also has images of Parvati, Hanuman and Ganesha carved in stone inside the temple. It also has a natural spring.
There are rest houses as well as guest houses situated near the temple. There are also rest rooms within the temple premises. There are many hotels situated few kilometers from Saldi. Most of the hotels are situated outside Saldi. One can find hotels according to their preference.
Time to Visit
The temple is although open for its devotees round the year. But the best time to visit is during Maha Shiv Ratri and during the Shravan carnival. In the month of Shravan thousands of devotees visit the temple to witness the Bili Patra pooja that takes place throughout the month of Shravan.