A Day Trip from Vadodara.
Nice canteen available in the temple premises.
Best will be to self drive or hire a cab to enjoy scenic long drive.
A festive place for festivals
On every Diwali, our family does Laxmi-Ganesh puja together. It is very pious and beautiful tradition which is going on since many generations in Sanatan dharma.
Clearly, in India, especially in Gujarat you get good numbers of holidays during festival Diwali. Indeed, this Diwali was like all other previous Diwali when we came to our homes to celebrate it with our family members.
Choosing the destination
We were having good 5 days holiday, additionally as we did not book any holiday anywhere we were consfused about where can we go. As our home is in Vadodara, Gujarat and mostly youngsters take a trip to Daman whenever they want to relax in their holidays. But this time our parents were equally excited to spend some quality vacation time with us. So the challenge was to choose a place which should be equally exciting for us as well as parents.
Why Neelkanth Dham Poicha
Out of many other nearby options, we finalized Neelkanth Dham Poicha to be our destination. First and foremost reason to choose this destination was that it was perfect place where my religious mother in law had enjoyed. Other reason was that it is close to Vadodara and also a perfect fit for Diwali sort of vacation. We chose to visit Poicha by our own car as it is just around 67 KMs from Vadodara.
One Day Trip
What is Neelkanth Dham Poicha
Neelkanth Dham Poicha is a holy place situated in village Poicha. It is magnificent structure at the bank of Narmada River. It is one of the most visited pilgrimages in Gujarat. This grand temple dedicated to Lord Swami Narayanan has various sections in it with idols of many gods. The structure can mesmerize you with it intricate designs on buildings and its grandeur.
Where is Neelkanth Dham Poicha
Also, it can be most easily reachable from city Vadodara by car or bus. It is around 89 KMs by road from Bharuch. And it is around 171 KMs from Ahmedabad. Statue of Unity is also very close to this beautiful place.
Major Attractions in Neelkanth Dham Poicha
Main Entrance – Lord Swami Narayan on Lion chariot
Once you will enter this beautiful place, near the main entrance you will find a beautiful structure of Lord Swami Narayan on lion chariot. This structure was designed so beautifully that it can easily catch the attention of the visitors.
Park dedicated to Raslila of Krishna
When you will move forward you will witness a beautiful park consisting of many statues of Lord Krishna and Radha doing Raas Lila. For those who are unaware of Raas Lila, it is a dance that has its mentions in holy books where lord Krishna performed dance with Radha and her sakhis.
Once when you will be checking out grand temple Neelkanth, you will see beautiful fountains everywhere. Undoubtedly, the number of fountains makes this location even more beautiful.
Shiva- Gyan Mugna Mudra
This one is hard to miss by visitors, a lovely and metal look statue of Lord Shiva in Gyan Mugna Mudra.
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At the back side of temple when you see you will find many shops and stalls which sell items at reasonable price.
It should be noted that most of the shops have their fixed prices. Please do not hesitate to shop for food items, handicrafts and kids toys here.
Pre booked Accommodation Facility
This destination can be easily covered in one day besides if you want to spend more time in this pious and peaceful environment. You can pre book your stay after calling them on number given on its official website. I am not sharing the pre booking number here as it is subjected to changes. And I like to refrain from sharing incorrect information. So if you wish to have a pleasant stay here make sure that you book the stay well in advance.
Light Show during night
During the night, Neelkanth Dham Poicha has a very beautiful view because of shining bright colourful lights. The authorities arrange a beautiful night light show here during evening.
Sahjanand Universe Exhibition– in Afternoon
It should be noted that the visitors who are here for the day trip must enjoy the Sahjanand show. It is amazing and can be attended after paying separate fee amount.
Also, Sahjanand Universe has a spiritual exhibition which you can experience in Neelkanth Dham, Poicha. Apart from this, it has many exhibitions which are related to nature, science, culture etc.
In the premises of Neelkanth Dham temple, there is an extraordinary canteen area where you will find all types of food stalls. Whether you want to eat fast food or satvik thali you will be served with delicious food here. Also it has large area where you can enjoy the various types of foods.
Here we have reached to main temple, which is one of the best constructed temples in the world. Although Swami Narayan Temples are mostly grand and magnificent but Neelkanth temple in Poicha is special because this temple showcases lot about our culture and spiritual beliefs.
Additionally, this temple does not only have idol of Swami Narayan but also have many other gods and their various forms.
In addition to this when you enter the temple you will also find a pool in which you can notice money floating. Visitors believe that they will make a wish and then throw the coin or note to this pool and later god will definitely fulfill their wishes. The temple section is divided into various small and big temple sections. Visitors pay their respect and gratitude in each temple here.
Inside the temple premises, there is separate section downstairs where exactly 108 Gaumukh are present for sacred bathing of pilgrims. Gaumukh refers to the cow mouth. In Hindu tradition we refer “Cows” as our mothers (Mata). In India, cows are respected and worshiped.
Moreover, one can take a pious bath from 108 Gaumukhs located downstairs the Neelkanth Dham Temple. Also, number “108” has its own significance and importance in Hinduism. It is considered as sacred number. This place will give you supreme positivity if you visit this place with all your heart.
Undoubtedly, Neelkanth Dham Poicha is beautiful and grand pilgrimage site. You can also enjoy boating in Narmada here. And it is a must visit if you travel to Gujarat. Statue of Unity is another amazing location which is very close to Neelkanth Dham Poicha.
Last but not least if you have also travelled to Poicha, please tell me your experience in the comment section. Also if I have missed something important please let me know. Waiting for your feedbacks.