Gujarat – Sri Mathru Gaya

Name of the Temple

Sri Mathru Gaya

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Maha Vishnu

Sthalapuranam:

Certain positions in Nature have surfaced a point of level that can never be encroached upon and have to be recognized with due respect without any compromise. One such position is that of a Mother. Prime importance is given to the worship of parents (father & mother) across the world in any religion or philosophy and more so in Hindu Dharma. Famous sloka “Mathru Devo Bhava-Pithru Devo Bhava-Aaachaarya Devo Bhava-Athithi Devo Bhava” is just an example of how much significance is given to these four elements of human life whose worship is considered as equivalent to the worship of God.

We have many examples in our Hindu philosophy where several sages, devotees, great personalities, and even the incarnations of Lord Vishnu have glorified the significance of this dictum which has not changed over ages. Lord Sri Rama is quoted as the best example of putting into practice this Sanatana Dharma Sutra.

In this order Mother is given the first and the foremost prominence, a unique and sacred place that can never be filled by any other element. A Mother is depicted as an epitome of benevolence, love and affection. She, with all her struggles bears a child in her womb for nine months before he or she is blessed with life in this world.

She is considered as the first Guru (teacher) of a child and the one who introduces father to a child. Hindu Dharma has given highest prominence to the role of a Mother and Father and prescribes worship of parents even after they leave this world by performing Pitru Yagna (performing sacred rites to the departed souls) by their descendants. As a part of getting discharged from Pitru Rina (that includes Mathru Rina) it is incumbent on the part of every Hindu to perform Pitru Yagna. Apart from performing sacred rituals to the departed souls at periodical intervals, performing them at certain specified places has acquired lot of significance as a part of Pithru Yagna and is considered as highly meritorious.

In the process of performing such sacred rites at prominent places generally we come across people visiting places like Kasi, Gaya, Prayaga, Rameswaram etc. and perform sacred rites to their forefathers that also include maternal spirits. But one such place which is exclusively dedicated to performing sacred rites to a Mother we find only at Siddhpur in Gujarat known as Mathru Gaya Kshetra on the banks of the holy Bindu Sarovara.

Bindu Sarovar is glorified with the incarnation of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu as Sri Kapila Mahamuni on its banks, sanctified as the Tapo Bhoomi of Sage Kardhama Prajapathi, the holy place where Sri Kapilaacharya had preached Moksha Gnana [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Saankhya philosophy] to his Mother, and celestial place where Devahuti attained salvation. Literally Bindu means a drop and Sarovar means a lake. It was known as a Lake of Drops [Bindu Sarovar] where tears of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu are believed to have fallen in this lake. Bindu Sarovar is considered as holy as Triveni Sangam at Allahabad. There are three sacred water ponds around here known as Gnana Vapi, Alpa river and Bindu Sarovar. Generally we find people taking bath in Bindu Sarovar before performing the sacred rites which is considered as highly meritorious.

Along the shore of the Bindu Sarovar we find the temples of Sri Kapila Mahamuni, Sage Kardhama Prajapathi, Devahuti, where earlier existed their hermitages. We also find a temple of Gaya Gadhadhara in the same line. On the opposite side we find a temple of Lord Shiva and also other temples of Hindu Deities. On the banks of Bindu Sarovara near the Moksha Peepal Tree we find an image of Lord Parashuram offering Pinda Daan to his Mother. Since then it is believed to have become a tradition to perform sacred rites to a Mother at this place. Known to be famous as Mathru Gaya Kshethram, Bindu Sarovar at Siddhpur has acquired lot of religious and spiritual significance with Hindus from across the country visiting this place to perform sacred rites to their departed Mothers. It is the only place in India where we find Hindus performing Mathru Shraaddha exclusively by offering Pinda Pradhanam.

It is a pious place located on the banks of mythological holy river Saraswathi and the sacred lake Bindu Sarovar. It is a sacred place where Sage Kardhama did severe penance for 10000 divine years and had the darshan of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu. It is a holy place where Divine parents Sage Kardhama also known as Kardhama Prajapathi and his wife Devahuti lived and performed penance for several years. It is a place of adoration where Sri Kapilaacharya also known as Sri Kapila Bhagavan a philosophic incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu was born to the Divine parents SageKardhama Prajapathi and Devahuti.

It is a virtuous place where Sri Kapila Bhagavantha the founder and exponent of Saankhya Philosophy had preached Divine Knowledge to his Mother Devahuti. It is a Divine place where Devahuti attained Siddhi and Salvation and thenceforth the place came to be known as Siddhipada which in course of time referred as Siddhpur. It is also said to be the place where Lord Sri Parashurama the dynamic avathara of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu, performed sacred rites to his Mother.

With so much of holiness associated with the Divine Mother, the place popularly came to be known as Mathru Gaya, the Siddhi Kshetram the place which has given Siddhi and Salvation [Moksha] to a Mother.  Lot of significance lies behind performing sacred rites exclusively to a Mother at this place. It is one of the holiest places in North Gujarat which is frequented most often by Hindus. As a part of getting discharged from Pitru Rina [that also includes Mathru Rina] it is incumbent on the part of every Hindu to perform Pitru Yagna. Apart from performing these sacred rituals to the departed souls at periodical intervals on a regular basis, performing them at certain specified places has acquired lot of significance in Pitru Yagna and is considered as highly meritorious. In the process of performing such sacred rites at prominent places we find people visiting places like Kasi, Gaya, Prayag, Rameswaram etc. and perform sacred rites to their forefathers that also include maternal spirits.

Siddhpur is the only place in India where Mathru-Shraaddha is performed exclusively. Generally lots of people visit this place during the Lunar month of Kartheeka Masam to perform Mathru ceremonies. These sacred rites are performed on the banks of Bindu Sarovara. Purohits or Priests are available at Bindu Sarovar and one can engage them according to their philosophy and faith for performing the sacred rites.

For the followers of Madhwa philosophy there is availability of Uttaradhi Mutt within the vicinity of Bindu Sarovar where good infrastructure facilities are available for stay [dormitories] and also for performance of rituals.

Route:

By Road Distances from Ahmadabad Siddhpur [115 km] – Patan [140 km] – Modhera [119 km] Mehsana [70 km].Distances from Siddhpur to nearby places Mehsana [45 km] – Unjha [30 km] – Patan [27 km]

Siddhpur is well connected by road from all important major town and cities of Gujarat. Regular bus services are available from Ahmadabad and Mehsana to Siddhpur. One can also reach Siddhpur by taxi/cab from Ahmadabad in about two hour journey.

By Rail Siddhpur is on the railway map of India on the Ahmadabad – New Delhi railway line connecting major cities and towns a journey of about 3 hours from Ahmadabad.

By Air Nearest airport is Ahmadabad 120 km from Siddhpur which is well connected by air with all the major cities in India.

Temple Timings:

6 am to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

098258-79729 & 099139-77247

Temple Address:

Sri Mathru Gaya

Bindu Sarovar road

Teen Darvaza, Siddhpur

Gujarat State (India)

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