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Shabari Dham Temple, Subir, Ahwa – The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari

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June 14, 2015

Shabari Dham is a popular mythological destination on a hill, Chamak Dungar, near Subir village on Ahwa – Navapur road in the Dang district. Surrounded by Purna Wildlife Sanctuary, Shabaridham temple is the spot where Lord Rama met a Bhil woman, Shabari. Lord Rama, his brother Lakshman ate the berries offered by Shabari mata at here. The stones on which they are assumed to sat are still worshiped.

A View From The Shabari Mata Temple - Shabari Dham, Subir, Ahwa - The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari - 10
The first reaction I had when I saw Shabari Dham was: How could it, a place in remote Dangs, be so developed? Given the right atmosphere, the breezing winds could take you to heaven. I certainly didn’t expect Shabaridham to be infrastructurally sound. Come and uncover further…

The Berry Story

From Ramayana, we well know that Devi Sita was forcibly taken away by Ravana. Lord Rama had sprung off a search mission to find his consort. During this mission, Lord Rama and Lakshman arrived at the hilltop, on which Shabari was said to be waiting for them for years.

The seekers took rest over there. Meanwhile, they were offered a fruit called ‘Ber’ by Shabari.

3 Stones Inside The Temple - Shabari Dham, Subir, Ahwa - The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari - 8

Here’s an intriguing point about the berries, the fruits were served with Lord Rama only after tasting each of them (Shabari tasted them), to ensure that they all are sweet. How sweet!

The Developed Temple

The present temple hosting the statues of Ram, Lakshman and Shabari was built in 2004. The Ramayana story is painted on the walls around the temple.
Paintings On The Wall Of Temple - Shabari Dham, Subir, Ahwa - The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari - 11
In the last few years, the temple surroundings have been adroitly developed. Surroundings like,
Parking space
Concrete road to the top
Steep Concrete Road To Temple - Shabari Dham, Subir, Ahwa - The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari - 1
Neat pavements
Beautiful Walkways and Breezing Atmosphere - Shabari Dham, Subir, Ahwa - The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari - 2
Fountains
Lavish gardens
Steps Leading To Temple - Shabari Dham, Subir, Ahwa - The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari - 3
Drinking water coolers
The Main Temple - Shabari Dham, Subir, Ahwa - The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari - 4
A big thumbs up for it!

Eat & Stay

Unlike other places of the Dang, Shabari Dham has a couple of hotels and accommodation options just below the temple.

Two Kathiyawadi hotels serve pretty good food.

Accommodation has two choices.

  1. Forest Rest House
    It lies on Subir-Navapur Road.
    Contact number for booking: +91 9898111639
  2. Maa Shabari Farm House and Resorts
    It lies behind the Shabarimaa temple.
    Contact number for booking: +91 9426164526

Inside The Hanuman Temple - Shabari Dham, Subir, Ahwa - The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari - 5

How to Reach

Shabari Dham is half an hour distance from Dang district headquarters, Ahwa.

Via jeeps you can reach to Subir from Ahwa.

Distance Matrix

From To Distance in km / Time in hr
Ahwa Subir – Shabaridham 30 km / 45 mins
Saputara Subir – Shabridham 70 km / 90 mins
Surat Subir – Shabaridham 130 km / 3 hr
Valsad Subir – Shabridham 125 km / 3 hr

Untouched Seats - Shabari Dham, Subir, Ahwa - The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari - 9

However, a lot of tourists take another route.

Ahwa – Pampa Sarovar – Shabari Dham.

I too recommend this way. Sign boards to reach Pampa Sarovar are well placed on the road.

Inside The Hanuman Temple - Shabari Dham, Subir, Ahwa - The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari - 5

Nearby Attractions

 

Doctor Lakhu bhai – The Self Educated Orthopedist

Lakhubhai is a scholar in orthopedics. Well, for the record, he has no formal education in the field still people from all over the south Gujarat knock his doorstep.

For what? “Dukhavo dur karva, hadka sidha karva, desi dava leva.” 🙂

Lakhubhai Aamsarpada - Shabari Dham, Subir, Ahwa - The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari

He’s very, very popular in the area.

You ask anyone on the road, “Lakhubhai, Aamsarpada” and he’d tell you the directions to reach his clinic. Visit his reign if the degree holder doctors couldn’t heal you. Give a shot!

Contact Number of Lakhubhai: +91 9408613874

There’s also another personality, Jatru baba of Lambasonda. However, I didn’t meet him personally so I will stay mum.
Harun Bhai from Vansda town, sell and send parcels of Desi medicines to various metro cities. I recommend you contact him first before visiting any of the aforementioned people.

Contact Number of Harun Bhai: +91 9426573822

Shabari Kumbh Mela

The first Shabari Kumbh Mela was organized in 2006 by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader, Swami Aseemanand. The Shabari Kumbh Mela had sparked a few controversies at that time.

Adivasis demanded a ban on the Mela, stating that it had no sanction in any religious text.

Next Shabari Kumbh Mela is planned in January 2016. (Rumors)

Red Chilly Sunset On The Way - Shabari Dham, Subir, Ahwa - The Story of Lord Rama, Ber & Shabari - 12


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21 Comments
  1. Reply

    Darpan Dodiya

    November 8, 2018

    An update about the Lakhu Bhai:

    So I recently came across more details of Lakhubhai on Google Maps. He is now showing up on Google as,

    “Lakhubhai Choriya, Orthopedics”.

    Now whether or not his method works is disputable.

    This is the exact location of him: https://goo.gl/maps/Fz4gsYXKiuN2

    Google Maps states the village as Badinagavtha and I can confirm that it is the same.

  2. Reply

    Bharat Patel

    August 6, 2018

    Darpan,
    Very good information. Fantastic Job… !
    Keep up good work.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      August 6, 2018

      Thank you Mr Bharat

  3. Reply

    Bhaudip Gandhi

    March 25, 2018

    good job

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      March 26, 2018

      Thank you 🙂

  4. Reply

    sanjay zatakia

    December 30, 2016

    Helpful information good job

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      January 1, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  5. Reply

    Jayesh

    July 18, 2016

    Hi l am jayesh I visited shabridham and I need oneday hotel booking please contect hotel no.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 18, 2016

      Hi Jayesh. Accommodation and hotel details are already present in this post. Please scroll up and read related section.

  6. Reply

    Anant shah

    July 14, 2016

    We will go saputara 20 August 3night stay we are 14 person somebody say about you in way how many destination coverd by us what site refer

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 15, 2016

      I can’t correctly understand what you are looking for.

  7. Reply

    Kiran Shah

    May 19, 2016

    We want to visit Dang & nearby worth seeing places in 2 days. Kindly guide us. We are from Surat.

  8. Reply

    Krunal Patel

    March 15, 2016

    Hii! I am Krunal Patel. Actually I created Facebook page on Subir Dang Shabaridham so I need help that how to improve my Facebook page. Please give me suggestion. Thank you.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      March 17, 2016

      I had a look at your Facebook page.

      People will like your page when you post quality content that can actually be useful to them.

      In recent 2,3 posts, you’ve posted photos of flower and Good Morning/Good Night messages — those are not at all related to Subir.

      So, start posting good photos/good content and your page should’ve more reach.

      You can use photos from this website –with proper credits.

  9. Reply

    Pravin Shah

    January 26, 2016

    We have visited Shabridham. We also visited Giramal and Pampa sarovar. You have given very good information in this article.

  10. Reply

    Sandeep Vidyarthi

    December 6, 2015

    Thanks for information, good work keep going

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      December 7, 2015

      You’re welcome! Happy Journey!

  11. Reply

    Ray Ban

    September 19, 2015

    Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!

  12. Reply

    Khegan

    July 13, 2015

    Very nice information…..can you please post some photos of maa shabri resorts if you have.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 13, 2015

      Thanks Khegan!

      Sorry, I don’t have photos of resort.

      If you plan to visit Shabari Dham, I request you to take some photos. It’ll be greatly helpful to tourists.

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Darpan Dodiya
Raleigh, NC, USA

Hi! I'm Darpan. 23 yr old ex-Software Engineer, now pursuing Master's in Computer Science at NC State, USA. This is my personal blog to share my interests in travelling, photography, programming and life. Glad to see you here, have a look around the website, you'll enjoy. Drop a comment or reach out to me or get connected via links below. Have a good day! :)

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