Temple is the principal shrine of a goddess who has been worshiped since the pre-Vedic period. She is often referred to as Arasuri Amba, named for the location of the temple in the Arasur hills, near the source of the Saraswati River at the south-western end of the Aravali mountain range.The red flag above the small temple dances welcomingly in the wind. Made of white marble with gold cones, the temple was originally built by Nagar Brahmins. The temple is surrounded by an open square called chachar Chowk
where ceremonial sacrifices called havans are performed.
Be sure to look across the temple (i.e. with your back facing the goddess) at the other temple on the Gabbar
, considered the original abode of the goddess. At a short distance from the Ambaji temple is a large rectangular kund, with steps on all its four sides, called Mansarovar.The ecstatic festival of Navratri is celebrated all over Gujarat
in reverence of Ambaji, by dancing garba around the Holy Mother. On these nine nights the Nayak and Bhojok communities also perform bhavai theater.