Stambeshwara Mahadev Temple in Gujarat is one of the incredible places to visit in the state. It is unique because it submerges everyday and again reappears. The Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple, is a 150 years old Shiva temple located in the town of Kavi Kamboi, in the state of Gujarat. This ancient Shiva temple is located on the betwixt of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Cambay. This is very simple temple with nothing extraordinary in the architecture for the on lookers, but it is still a very unusual must visit religious sites of India.
What Is Unique
The temple gets totally submerged into the Sea during the high tide hours and as the tide starts to get low it again starts emerging out of the sea inch by inch, unveiling the 4 feet high Shiva lingam. This is a temple where god plays hide n seeks. When the flowers which were placed on the Shiva lingam by the devotees at the time of low tide comes afloat on the surface of the sea water at the time of high tide, it lends a spectrum of bright colors to the sea. Here the Mother Nature performs the ‘Jal Abhishekh’ of the Holy Shiva lingam, herself.
Another unique feature of the place is the union of the Mahi Sagar and the Sabarmati River. The scenic beauty of the place along with its religious prominence pulls a lot of visitors to the place.
Legend Of Temple
Lord Kartikeya (Shiva’s Son) feels guilty after killing the demon Tarakasura. So, Lord Vishnu consoled him saying that it was not wrong to kill a demon who lived by troubling the common people. However, Lord Kartikeya wanted to absolve his sin of killing a great devotee of Shiva. Hence, Lord Vishnu adviced him to install Shiva Lingas and pray for the forgiveness.
How To Reach
Kavi Kamboi is around 75km from Vadodara in Gujarat. Kavi Kamboi is well-connected by road from places like Vadodara, Bharuch and Bhavnagar. It is better to take private cabs or vehicles to travel from Vadodara to Stambeshwar Mahadev. Vadodara Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Kavi Kamboi.
When To Plan
The visit to the temple should be planned in such a way that, one get to see the whole disappearing and the reappearing of the temple. It is ideal to plan a trip for at least whole day and night, so that you can see and enter the temple in the early morning low tide hours and can also meditate in the quiet, peaceful surrounding of the temple. you can stroll in and around the temple and enjoy the feel of being near the nature and the sound of the sea breaking yet never disturbing the quietness of the breath-taking holiness of the temple. Then one can have lunch either from the one of the many restaurants near the parking area which is about half a km. walk from the temple or free lunch is also made available to the devotees at the ashram across the temple. After having lunch one can return to watch the spectacular moment of the temple getting submerged. One must watch the temple and the Shiva Lingam in its complete glory against the shimmer and darkness of the sea and when the quietness of night engulfs it.