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Pampa Sarovar, Shabaridham: Maha Kumbh Hosting Lake

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June 16, 2015

Pampa Sarovar (Lake) is located on the banks of river Poorna, 6 km from Shabari Dham. Matang Rishi, the Guru of Shabari Mata had established his Ashram near the Pampa Sarovar. The place hosted Shabari Mata’s Maha Kumbh in 2006. Pampa lake is mentioned in Ramayana also as Pushtharini.

Pampa Sarovar is popular thanks to its mythological importance and is frequented by visitors from Maharashtra, Gujarat (Valsad, Navsari and Surat).

Sarovar In The Backdrop - Pampa Sarovar Shabaridham A Maha Kumbh Hosting Lake - 6

Shabari Maha Kumbh

Quoting from the Dang district website,

In order to collect the funds for the Shabari Mata’s temple, Morari Bapu’s “Ram Katha” was organized here in 2002. Morari Bapu inspired to organize a great religious fair for ‘Maha Kumbh’ in this place.

The organisers happily accepted Morari Bapu’s proposal regarding the ‘Maha Kumbh’. Since ancient times, four Kumbh fairs are organised in India wherein crores of people have gained spiritual fortune and happiness till date. The Shabari Mata’s Maha Kumbh was the fifth largest Maha Kumbh in the Indian tradition after the four Maha Kumbhs organised at Haridwar, Prayag, Ujjain and Nashik.

This Maha Kumbh was organised at the Pampa Sarovar (lake), about 6 km from Shabaridham, Gujarat located on the banks of river Poorna. The Pampa lake has also been mentioned in the Ramayana.

Hanuman Temple On The Banks - Pampa Sarovar Shabaridham A Maha Kumbh Hosting Lake - 3

It is believed that Matang Rishi, who was the guru of Shabari Mata, had established his ashram on the banks of the Pampa lake. Ramayan mentions that Pampa lake is situated on river Pushtharini. The followers strongly believe that Poorna is the same river that was known as Pushtharini in the ancient times.

The next Kumbh Mela is rumored to be organized in January 2016.

Current Scene

Currently, the place seems worn out. Though, many tourists visit Pampa Lake, the location is overlooked by the tourism department.

View Of The Scene From Sarovar - Pampa Sarovar Shabaridham A Maha Kumbh Hosting Lake - 8

The kids there are trained beggars. As soon as you’d step out of your car, they’d come running to you and non hesitantly ask for money. Due to extreme poverty? Maybe.

Kids Asking For Money - Pampa Sarovar Shabaridham A Maha Kumbh Hosting Lake - 4

 

Fishing activities by villagers

Fishing Activities By Villagers - Pampa Sarovar Shabaridham A Maha Kumbh Hosting Lake - 2

 

For food, as now, except from small shops, no restaurants or hotels are available in the area. No accommodation options too. However, two Kathiyawadi hotels and a couple of guest houses are present in Shabari Dham.

How To Reach

Pampa Sarovar can easily be reached via Ahwa, the Dang district headquarter. Its 30 km from Ahwa, Gujarat. Sign boards are well placed on the state highway for direction.

Public transportation is not available.

Distance Matrix

From To Distance in km
Ahwa Pampa Lake 30 km
Shabari Dham Pampa Sarovar 7 km
Surat Pampa Sarovar 165 km
Saputara Pampa Sarovar 75 km

Mesmerising Roads - Pampa Sarovar Shabaridham A Maha Kumbh Hosting Lake - 5

 

Then there’s always the Google Map!

When To Visit, Nearby Locations

Visit in monsoon and post-monsoon.

Nearby Attractions

 

The Outside Campus - Pampa Sarovar Shabaridham A Maha Kumbh Hosting Lake - 7The village


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4 Comments
  1. Reply

    Hardik Vadhel

    April 2, 2018

    Please tell me best place for 1 day tour near surat in summer time.

  2. Reply

    Pravin Shah

    January 4, 2016

    It is a nice place worth to see. There was huge amount of water overflowing over the check dam when I visited this place.

    You have given lot of information about places in Dang. I am also a lover of Dang. I have visited Dang many times.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      January 8, 2016

      Dang has awesome places, I never miss a chance to visit Dang whenever I am home, Vansda. 🙂

  3. Reply

    Akash Ghaware

    July 30, 2015

    Nice One

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Darpan Dodiya
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