Garudeshwar, on the banks of Narmada
There are many ancient places and temples all along the bank of River Narmada in the Gujarat State in India. All such places are extremely holy and ancient. he ancient temple of Garudeshwar Mahadev. This ancient temple of Lord Shiva is situated on the Northern bank of the Narmada River near the town of Rajpipala in South Gujarat region. This temple of Garudeshwar Mahadev is around 2000 years old and it is said that the Lord Shiva took the form of an eagle and saved all the common people from the attack of the evil elements.
This Dattatreya temple is extremely beautiful The statue of Lord Dattatreya is really very impressive and hypnotizing due to its piercing eyes. The statue is made of black granite stone and carved with beautiful wooden designs. This place may appear slightly isolated as there are no large crowds of pilgrims visiting this place. Very few pilgrims, who love to visit virgin and isolated places, visit this rare beauty spot of Garudeshwar . There are regular artis taking place here at both the Lord Shiva and Guru Dattatreya temples. You must make it a point to attend such arti ritual, preferably in the evening as it creates a very holy and spiritual environment. We were lucky to attend the arti ritual
The leisurely bath here at the River ghat is really enjoyable. However, the pilgrims must take care while taking a bath here as the water in the Narmada River is really deep at some places and also have some twisters that can pull the persons inside the River. There have been some incidents of drowning of the people at this spot. It would also be better to carry some light snacks and the mineral drinking water supplies with you as these are not available here in good quality.
Garudeshwar is located around 51 KM away from Vadodara we reached Garudeshwar in 1.03 hours. Your Garudeshwar travel time may vary due to your bus speed, train speed or depending upon the vehicle you use.
A place very dear to my father, his last wish was to immerse his ashes here in Narmada. Last year my father left foe heavenly journey on 13th of july, we did fulfill his wishes by immersing his ashs in the holy river at Garudeshwar, this visit with my Mom was to pay our respect to him. Husband, mother in law too accompanied us for it
Garudeshwar temple can be reached easily from any major cities of the Gujarat State like Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, and Ahmedabad by the State Transport buses or hired car/taxi service.