Excavations at Devni Mori, 2 km from Shamlaji in North Gujarat, have revealed a treasure trove of architecturally and sculpturally rich Buddhist remains that include a Buddhist monastery dating back to 3rd-4th century AD. The excavation at the site was carried under the supervision of R N Mehta and S. N. Chaudhary.
The discovery of the stupa in Shamlaji is a testament to the influence of Buddhism in the area during the early period of the Christian era. The discovery of cascade containing relics of the Buddha from the stupa has further enhanced the sacredness of the stupa and the place of pilgrimage for the Buddhists. The inscription on the casket says that it contains sacred ashes of Buddha.
How to reach
Air: The nearest airport to Shamlaji is at Ahmedabad that is connected by flights to major cities in India. Ahmedabad is 126 km from the site.
Rail: Himmatnagar, 47 Km from Ahmedabad, is the nearest major railhead that is well connected by rail with major places and cities in the country. Himmatnagar lies on the Ahmedabad – New Delhi railway line.
Rail: Though nearest railway station is Shamlaji Road which is 14 km away from the place.
Road: Located off National Highway 8, the place is connected by road with other places in Gujarat. State transport buses ply via Shamlaji from Himmatnagar to Ahmedabad.
Best time to visit
October to March is the best time to visit Shamlaji.