Rustampura Shree Ashapura Maa Temple Surat, Gujarat
History of Ashapura Maa Mandir Rustampura
Shree Aashapuri Mataji & Varinath Mahadev Temple is one of the oldest temple of Surat, Gujarat. It was established in the year 1972. The founder trustee of the temple were shri Dahyabhai Gonawala, Madanlal Bunki, Dhansukhbhai Banderia naming some worked actively.
The owner of the land where the existing temple constructed was initially a parsi during the time of Mughal Emperor, it was a godown of woods. During that time street people staying nearby built a small temple ( shrine ) of Ashapuri mata and started worshiping, performing pooja and evening aarti. After sometime the parsi owner sold the land to a muslim, who than started refusing to do religious activity and atlast drowned the small idol deep into the well. By this incident street people felt very sad.
With the passage of time the muslim family got ruined and people’s devotion for mataji turned stronger, resultantly, again at that place a new shrine was constucted and pooja begun.
After independenc, with the establishment of Surat Municipal Corporation, central store was built by corporation on the native place. The trustee of the temple requested SMC for land to constuct temple and respecting there religious feelings SMC also flagged for the alotment of land, where now the existing temple is built.
All religious festivals are celebrated significantly, devotees also work together with co-operation. According to Hindu calender starting day of new month Aekam, Poonam, Navratri, Pattotsav, etc. day devotees actively participate for saree, shringaar, prasad etc. events.
During Chaitri Navratri nine days Mataji is beautifully dressed with Shringaar and Rajbhog is offered.
Temple’s religious activity round the year
1. Kesar Snan last 20 years
2. Kumarika Poojan-Asho Navratri since 1995
3. Balbhog from 2008
4. Shree Krishna Janmotsav from 2000
6. Shivratri Poojan of Ghee Kamal Darshan
7. Satchandi Path 22 times done
8. Lagu Rudra 25 times done
9. Ganesh Yaag
10. Surya Yaag