or Bahucharaji is a small town and taluka, a place in Mehsana
district of Gujarat
. It is situated in northern part of Gujarat. It is a very popular religious place of Hindu religion. It is among the three Shakti Pith's worshipped in Gujarat as Bala at Bahucharaji, as Ambika at Ambaji
and as Kalika at Pavagadh
Becharaji town is small in area. Earlier, it was basically divided in two parts, namely, 'Upali Bajaar (Upper market)'and 'Nichali Bajaar (Lower market)'. But now it is developing at rapid pace. Many new complexes are developed like 'Dayanand Complex'. There are many Dhramshalas in the town. Apart from this, many shops of different commodities are found there. "Becharaji APMC" and "Becharaji Taluka Kharid-Vechan Sangh or Becharaji Taluka Purchase-sales Union" are situated in the town. [State Bank Of India] and "Mehsana District Cooperative Bank" are having their branches in the town. Most of the hotels and restaurants are situated on the highway.
The town's name is derived from Bahuchar Mata or Bahucharaji Mata, a popular deity or 'Devi' of Hindus. Earlier this town was a small village. Although, still it is a Gram Panchayat. Its development is mainly due to temple of Bahuchara Mata. Other reasons for its development are it being declared as Taluka Place or Taluka Panchayat and centre for shopping for peripheral villages. For the development of temple of Bahuchar Mata, Sayajirao Gaekwad extended the Gaekwar's Baroda State Railway (GBSR) that was under the control of his state up to Becharaji.
The Temple of Bahuchara Mata is located in mid Bechraji town. It is 110 km from Ahmedabad
and 35 km west of Mahesana. The main temple fort and gate was built by Manajirao Gakewad in Samvat 1839 or 1783 AD when he was Suba of Kadi
. He gave 3 villages for the maintenance of the temple. These villages were subsequently taken over and Rs. 10,500/- per year was paid towards maintenance, which is merged and is now under Government control. For the development of this temple Sayajirao Gaekwad extended the GBSR railway that was under the control of his state up to Becharaji.
The centre temple was built by Maratha Fadanvesh. It has been renovated. Learned Saint Kapildev built the varakahdi temple and was then renovated by Kalari king Tejpal. That temple too has been again renovated. On night of every Punam (15 th day of the month as per Vikram Samvat calendar) and on 8 th day of Aso sud and Chaitri sud police with arms pay Guard of Honour to Mataji's procession. It is also considered as important place for the 'Hijras (Eunuchs)'.
Bahucharaji is well connected by Railways and state transport (ST) buses. There are many private vehicle operators as well. It is connected with Mehsana, Chanasma and Viramgam
by state highways.Bahuchraji is located on Ahmedabad-Rantej-Patan
metre gauge railroot.State highways no. 7 connects NH-14 from Deesa
, Patan, and Chanasma to Becharaji, from where it further goes to Viramgam, Dhrangadhra, Halvad and Maliya. From Maliya, one can connect to NH-8A and reach Kutch