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Kankai Temple

Kankai is a Hindu's holy place situated in the middle of Gir Forest National Park in Junagadh district of Saurashtra region in the state of Gujarat, India. The Indian mega-epic Mahabharata's famous character Arjuna comes alive here so this place is famous because of him. Once traveling through this forest, Pandavas gets thirsty and Arjuna uses his bow to discover water from the earth. There is a Mahadev temple here called 'Banej'.

The main temple is "Shri Kankeshwari Mataji" also known as "Shri Kankai Mataji". Mataji is principal goddess to many castes in India; Like Vaishya Suthar (Vadhia and Padhiyar), Gurjar Suthar(Panchasara), Bhawsar (bahekar), Uneval Brahmins, Bhadreshwar-Vanza, Borkhetaria-Vanza Vaishya and some other castes. A smaller temple for Bhudarjee Dada, Mataji's brother is erected behind the main temple. This is at a walking distance from the main temple. Shingavada river flows on one side of the temple.

Sometimes visitors can see lions near the temple or near the river as it's an open habitat for lions, second only to Africa.

Every year thousands of devotes and tourist visit this temple. The temple also provides meals for devotees and tourist. Donations to the temple trust are always welcome. Being located in the middle of Gir Sanctuary, as per norms, tourists have to exit the sanctuary before sunset.