Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ambhira parshvnath bhagwan

ambhira parshvnath bhagwan,Gambhu

Shree Gambhu jain tirth is oldest and famous tirtha of Gujarat.This tirth suited in middle of the Gambhu village.Prachin litreture of jain”Gambhira” or “Gambhuta” ancient name here.it’s two munjal shilpkam building of jainalaya. There was a time when Gambhu was the central place of Jainas. It was again the capital in the midst of a group of 144 villages. Gambhu village is many temple of devi-devta The history of the village is stated to go to as early as the ninth century of the Vikrama era. The village is earlier in its existence than Patan prabhat nagri.this village proof is 1140 maharaj karnaraja tampatra and 1156 maharaja shree siddhraj jayshih tamptra so gambhira nagari is very prachin.

History of Gambhira Parshvnath Bhagwan:-

The idol of Shree Gambhira Parshvanath Bhagavan is considered to be of times of king Samprati.Gambhira is a main nagar of 144 village.Mantri vimal ray Purvaj is ninasheth here suited in first to order the kuldevi mata.patan first citizen of ninasheth son lahirsheth and prapotra vimalsha sheth original citizen of this village its produfus.. In V.S. 919 Acharya Shri Shilankacharya wrote a commentary on the “Acharanga Sutra”. The ancient work “Sushruta” was composed here.there are many worked like “shusrut grunth” and “sharavk pratikraman shutra”.the gambhira pashvnath bagvan chamtkar aneka in people asked one chamtkar is daily bagvan hand in silver coin collect. This silver coin are collected in temple pujari in morning but one day pujari was late in temple To Puja and other person(village man) early morning the temple and collected in silver coin. Then next day Pashvnath bagvan hand is empty way so all village people are Information to This chamatkar And proof in v.s 1823 to write a novel is “prabhavi pashvnath chamtkaro” writted by shree manilal naynchand Another write book is “purisadani shree pashvnath” by sarabahi navab.This jain temple second munjal have a two bhoyra(turnal) one have a modhera sun temple and second is patan.modhera sun temple and patan turnal are connected this turnal.

The Murti Profile is to Nearly 46 cms. high, white – colored idol of Bhagawan Gambhira Parshvanath in the Padmasana posture.in Gambhu village And the Last 5 year this tirth famous and popular.Everyday lot’s of jain Sadhu and people Are visit this temple so wel-come to visit this place it’s my Village Temple.

How to Reach This Temple:-

Gambhu Jain Temple Nearest bus stop is mehsana just 25 k.m and also Railway station. You can way from modhera chokdi via modhera sun temple Road,via Nugar,Ranela village and Ganeshpura Village stop and Turn to Gambhu Village just 3 k.m..you have visit this Temple and any dificulty plz E-mail ya comment it.

Address :- Shri Gambhu Jain swetmbar Murtipujak Sangh Trust, P.O= 384 011, At=Gamhbu, Taluko= Becharaji, Dist.=Mehsana State=Gujarat,India, Phone Number=02734 282325

Pavagadh Mahakali maa

Pavagadh is a heritage place of Gujarat. The Pavagadh MahaKali Maa Temple is the Renowned Mahakali Shakti Peeth near Halol and Vadodara in Gujarat. The temple is located near Champaner, Ancient capital of Gujarat.Pavagadh temple is located at the height of 550 metres (1,523 feet). Devotees can also reach the temple through Ropeway.

The Temple of Mahakali Maa over Hill and has facility of Cable Car to reach the top Champaner: Declared Place of “World Heritage” Remains of Fort and Mosque built by Mohammed Begda in 11th Century. . It’s believed that Sage Viswamitra was installed the idol of Kalika Mata in Pavagadh. Local people believe that the area is filled up with the power and shakti of Viswamitra Maharshi. In The Pavagadh temple, Kalika Mata is worshipped as Dakshina Kali with tantric methods of puja It’s one of the famous three Shakti peetha temples in the state of Gujarat.

History of mahakali Maa And patai Raja:-

So Now lets Write about Patai Raja and Mahakali Mata.You can get the history of it’s heritage tombs.I am just going to share the holly story of Ma Mahakali who is residing there, was a king called Patai Raja who was ruling the Champaner which is situated in the foot of Pavagadh. That was the golden time of Pavagadh and Champaner as Maa Mahakali was residing there happily. Mahakali maa was not so dark at that time,But she was very beautiful, fair and pretty.

She used to go to Chmpaner to play Garba. And Patai Raja used to see her. He got attracted towards Mahakali Maa,Bhadrakali Maa is elder sister of Mahakali Maa.Bhadrakali get to know that king is looking Mahakali with dirty looks so she stopped Mahakali to go for playing garba. But Mahakali refused to stay and went for playing garba. As Bhadrakali is elder sister and Mahakali didn’t listened to her at all, She got upset and Angry with Mahakali. And that’s why she sat in opposite side of Mahakali,Still if you go to Pavagadh, You can see the temple of Bhadrakali which has Bhadrakali’s Back towards Mahakali maaTemple.After ignoring Bhadrakali, Mahakali went for playing garba,king Patai forgotten everything against her beauty and decided to make her queen of him.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Chamunda Maa Chotila

Chamunda Maa Chotila

Chotila is a small town having population of around 22,000 people and is a taluka head quarter of Rajkot district, Gujarat. The Chamunda Mataji temple is situated at the top of the Chotila Mountain. Chotila Mountain is around 1250 feet high and is located around 40 miles away from Rajkot, and around 50 miles away from Ahmedabad Her temple is very famous in Gujrat on the moutain named Chotila. Chamunda mata or Rann-chandi is the goddess of power and another form of Durga.Her illusion is twinlike as she is also called Chandi-Chamunda Mata.

History of chamunda mata:-

The history of chamunda mata is when Two Demons named ‘Chanda’ and ‘Munda’ did great penance for many years to please Lord Brahma. When Brahma was pleased he apeared in front of them and the demons asked for being very strong warriors and that they would rule the world and take over heaven. Lord Brahma was merciful so he granted the wish.There was big chaos in the world and the demons became very greedy and attempted to take over heaven aswell as the three abodes of Vishnu (Vaikunth), Shiva (Kailas) and Brahma (Brahmalok ).The three gods went to the mother goddess Parvati who took the form of Chandi and Chamunda who slayed Chand and mund.

Mataji temples are always located at the top of the hills in India and the reason for this is that if you want darshnas of Mataji, you will have to undergo some physical strain. Chamunda Mataji is the Kuldevi (family Goddess) of most of the Hindus staying in Saurashtra region of Gujarat State.There about 700 stoned steps up to the top of the hill. These steps were not covered by the shade before about 5 years. However, a good shade and railings now cover the entire walkway thus providing comfort to all the pilgrims. Famous industrialists, Ambani brothers of Reliance industries have donated this covering and the shades on the hill

Chotila Baazar:-

The Chotila Baazar is Suiteded At the bottom, when you come down from chotila hill there are many shops were you can by many religious items such as matajis chundari,kunko(religious powder), cassetts and lots more.thestory is when Demons Chand and Mund came to conquer Devi Mahakali and in the fight that ensues, the Devi cut their heads and presented these to Maa Ambika, who in turn told Mahakali that you will be worshipped as Chamunda Devi. As soon as you reach Chotila, you will find number of shops that sale prasads of Mataji, various types of Gujarati souvenirs like thick bangles with engraving, CDs and DVDs of Chamunda Mataji, and many toys for all ages of children. There are thousands of such shops located at the base of the Chotila hill.

The temple is crowded with tourists and pilgrims all round the year specially during the Navratri Festival. The Chotila village is sited at the foot of the Chotila hill.Many Hindu people go to pilgrimages mostly mataji ones they probally go to these places because to do the darshan,yatra or even to to puja and darshan to the mataji. People also go to that religious place because that is there kuldevi(family goddess). Matajis religious places are scattered all over india , but most in Gujurat. Some of these places have been here for thousands and thousands of years. Mataji comes to protect us from evil and when she does come, Mataji comes in different forms (Avatars) this is why we have some May mataji in the hindu religion.

My village to chotila distance is 200 k.m, Every Year date not fixed but Diwali After 2 ya 3 day so My village people is goes(sanga) to Chotila Chamunda maa Darshan.


Palitana Jain Temple

Palitana Jain Temple

Palitana is a Religious Jain city, Bhavnagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It’s located 50 km South-West of Bhavnagar city and is a major pilgrimage centre for Jains Palitana city Population is 52.000 something and people language knowledge is English,hindi and gujarati , you have visit this temple to best time is octomber to march It’s a part of the Saurashtra region famed for its spectacular temple sites, cities, beautiful beaches, and wildlife.

History of Palitana jain temple:-

Palitana people call the following encounters myths some give facts and some believes them which lives in the heart of every follower of Jainism. Four myths in this jain temple. First The moolnayak murti-Lord Adinath’s idol breathed 7 times, when it was first placed over there.second is A layer of silver gets accumalated on idol every night and that serve as the priest’s fees rather gift from god.Third is A small idol of Lord Suparshvanath Swami around 10″ used to fly everynight from one of near by temple to Lord Adinath`s Palm.Last is There is only and only one tree in the entire Temple Campus below which it is believed to hide the jewels, pearls, relics and other ornaments of time before humans

Palitana town is considered by many Jains to be more important than the temple covered hills of Jharkhand(Utter Pradesh), Mt Abu (Rajshthan) and Girnar(Gujarat).,Palitana was the capital of a princely state of the Gohil Rajput clan. For the Svetambar Jains.shetrunjay is the earliest and, next to Sammet Shikhar in Bihar The Palitana temples are considered the most sacred pilgrimage place (tirtha) by the Jain community. There are more than 1250 temples located on the Shetrunjaya hills. No one is allowed to sleep overnight including the priest, because the temple city has been built as an abode for the Gods. A recently concluded count reveals that there are a total of more than 27,000 idols of jain god on this mountain alone

Shetrunjaya Hills:-

Shetrunjaya Hill also offers a Beautiful view of the surrounding scenery. From here you can also see the biggest irrigation project in Saurashtra. The waters of the flowing Shetrunjaya river are said to confer merit in the bather as well as cure various diseases.The main temple on top of the hill, is dedicated to 1st tirthankar lord Adinath (Rishabdeva). On the top the Shetrunjaya Hill is a cluster of Jain temples ( 873temples ), built by generations of Jains over a period of 900 years, from the 11th century onwards. However, destroyed by the Muslim invasions in 14th and 15th centuries, the temples were built anew in 1500. The temples are managed by the Anandji Kalyanji Trust of the Kasturbai Lalbhai group

From the foot of the hill to the top there are 3,800 and odd stone steps cut to facilitate climbing. For pilgrims visiting of foot there are three Circumambulatory Routes. The shortest leads round the temples along the outer wall; the other follows the foot of the mountain. The third, about forty kilometres long, frequents en route five temple sites where pilgrims may stay overnight before continuing their holy walk. The major event of the year takes place on the day of the full moon in the month of Phalgun (Feb./March) when some ten thousands of pilgrims go round the Shetrunjaya hill, the ‘Lord of Peaks’

Sunday, August 28, 2011

irpur Jalaram Bapa

irpur Jalaram Bapa

“ Sorath Bhumi Pavan Dham,Virpur Naam Ema Gam. Pragatya Tya Shree Jalaram Jan sevanu Karva Kam”

The Virpur is a small village about 52 K.M from Rajkot.It is situated on National Highway No. 8b.This village had become holy after the birth of Shri Jalaram Bapa.It had become famous now all over the world due to events that had taken place in the life of Shri Jalaram Bapa.

Shri Jalaram Bapa’s Temple:-

Shri Jalaram Bapa is on the feet of God Shri Ram Chandra.This had enterance just on the Left side of the Big Gate of the “Dela”.The “JHOLI-DANDA” which is kept in the Transparent Cup-board and Shri Hanumanji’s Idol is also Placed near the “Samadhi”.Due to the “JHOLI-DANDA” only, it is possible to provide two times free PRASAD and TEA to the thousands of visitor who come for the Darshan of Shri Jalaram Bapa.

Here in the “DARBAR OF GOD” every one where consider offered “PRASAD” The “PRASAD” consist of “GANTHIA”,”BUNDI” and “SABJI” in morning and “KHICHADI-KADHI” and “DESHI GHEE” in evening in a traditional dish of Leaves.All visitors take this PRASAD happily.There are three GAINT COPPER POTS in the Temple which was given by “GANGA MAIYA” filled with the “PAVITRA JAL” of Ganga, yamuna and sarawati rivers. The water from these pots never get empty.Moreover no one had suffered from any disease after drinking this “JAL”There are pair of large wheels for grinding the wheat in the Temple given by the king of the Dhrangdhra to Shri Jalaram Bapa.Even Jalaram Bapa’s birthday (the seventh day of Kartik month) is celebrated as Jalaram Jayanti. On this day various groups of Jalaram devotees feed the food as prasad. This happens at a lot of Jalaram temples throughout India & abroad as well. Jalaram Jayanti is observed on the seventh day after Diwali

The Life Story of Jalaram Bapa:-

Shree Jalaram Bapa was born in the year 1800 AD in the village Virpur, Gujarat. His mother, Rajbai was very fond of serving sadhus and saints. No sadhu and saint could go from Virpur without receiving the hospitality of Rajbai. Shree Jalaram Bapa’s father’s name was Pradhan Thakkar, who was engaged in business.At the tender age of 16, Jalaram married Virbai, daughter of Thakkar Pragji Somajia.Jalaram Bapa was however not inclined to live household life and to continue to do business with his father.He is mostly engaged in serving sadhus and saints. He separated himself from his father’s business and stayed with his uncle, Valjibhai, who was very fond of Jalaram. It was obvious that Jalaram was inclined to completely withdraw from marital life. Fortunately his wife, Virbaima decided to follow the path of Jalaram

At the age of 18, Jalaram Bapa accepted Shree Bhojalram from Fatehpur as guru and was given a “Guru Malaa and Mantra” in the name of Shree Ram. With blessings of his guru, he started “Sadavrat” a feeding centre, a place where all sadhus and saints as well as the needy could have food any time during 24 hours. Soon his fame spread as an incarnation of the divine. Whoever come to Virpur, whether Hindu or Muslim was fed by Bapa.

Once three Arabs in the service of Thakore of Rajkot demanded an increase in wages by four rupees in a month. Being refused, the Arabs resigned and set out to Junagadh. On their way, they hunted few birds and kept them in their shoulder bag. When they reached Virpur, Bapa asked them to have their meals and then go. When they protested that they were Muslims, Bapa said that in the court of God there was no distinction in caste and creed and they were welcome

The three Arabs had their meals in the temple but they were embarrassed that they were carrying dead birds in their bag. The Bapa touched the bag and said that the birds were feeling suffocated. The Arabs opened the bag and found that the birds were alive. They flew away to a nearby tree. The Arabs were amazed and understood that they were in the presence of divine person. They fell at his feet and asked whether they would get a job in Junagadh

High court of kungher:-

High court of Kungher,Chudel Mata

High court of kungher:-

Kungher is very famous prilgrimage place which is ten(10) k.m away from patan . this godless has seatedas Adhshakti of kaliyuge as a splendid burning flame.this place has become the place of truast and faith. Many Devotees come on Sunday and Tuesday and feel relief after visioning this godless.

History of Chudel Maa:-

Raychandbahi Patel established the foundation of this temple on the southerer part of kungher.According to populartalle this goddes was worshipped as short(chudel) About 250 years ago. This goddles has given real judgement who had loot their pan,Buffoalo .Day by day People turted in this flame and turst spread at the tip of the village.

Due to inspiration of this goddless the distinguished persons marbal a place in 1991(2049 savant) from this time the burning flame is running.this palce become famous all over Gujarat during last two year.There is no place of district.there is no any Worshiper of this goddless and no one pffer to vow,no any Religious Promise.

They complaint themselves before this flame and get the Goddless justified so it’s named as the High court of kungher. Thousands of Pligrimages come and stand in a queke from Saturday to Sunday. The Management had arranged guad accommodation fer thom. There are teo different line for them.

This Goddes hates wine and addition no difference of caste in the temple.the here are make arrangement of tea Prasad and grain fer birds from the gifted money of prilgrimages.the trust has purchased some established bording house,inns,water hut,Prayer hall,Garden and Parking zone. For the people fer bright future.

Now,the trust has been thinking about the educational field for bravo mather you are talaijy aray the pain of people your flame live on Forever.i am visit this temple is many time…so very nice ….plz once time visit this mandir…

Nearest Another Famous Temple:-

Rani ki vav in patan just 10 k.m, chansma saibaba mandir 11 k.m,Modhera sun temple is 30 k.m becharaji bahuchar mata 42 k.m and unjha umiya maa is 34 k.m and many more…

How to Reach Kungher:-

The Nearest bus stand is kungher village. Another nearest bus stop is patan just 10 k.m,chansma is 11 k.m ,mehsana is 46 k.m and also Railway station.Airport is very long to this temple, so 120 k.m in ahmedabad airport.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lord Ganesh,Aithor

Lord Ganesh,Aithor

About Aithor:-

Aithor is a large village on the banks of the River Pasupavati, spread over an area of 3000 hectares, with a population of around 12,000. This 2500 year-village was previously known as Aravati Nagari and then Aydhi Nagari before it came to be known as Aithor Name. It falls under the Unjha taluka of Mehsana district (30km.s from Mehsana). It has a 4 school buildings with classes up to the secondary level. The ssc board is situated at Unjha. Aithor has a well-equipped library: Gangabhai Keshavlal Public Library . The nearest colleges are at Unjha.. The main occupation of the people of this village is farming and cattle-breeding. Aithor has a co-operative milk production society and supplies its output to AMUL. A lot of milk-based products are also made here at least three shops sell these products.

The main crops cultivated in this area are jiru, Arenda, variyali juaer, and bajri. The Gujurat State Fertilizer Corporation often organizes agricultural fairs in this village. There is a very strong sense of hertitage among the people of this village and even now several villagers continue in their profession/trade according to that which has been followed in previous generations The tradition of predictng rain and crop yield according to natural indicators (sukan) is still practiced here; flowers are used as indicators. In keeping with an age-old tradition, the festival of Ganesh Chhaath sees the staging of traditional plays called bhavai which is performed by an all-male cast (they perform the role of women as well).

Lord Ganesh, Aithor:-

Historical Religious Place of Lord Ganesh, Aithor,district is Mehsana(Gujarat).The North Gujarat is the Acient holy land of temples. There are lots of holy pilgrime plce like unja, Aithor, Sunok, Kamli, valam, vadlanagar, Bhakhar, siddhpur in north Guajrat. In Unja there is a temple of SHREE UMIYA MATAJI, in Rudramahalay in Siddhpur, Kirtituran in Vadnagar and the historical holy place of lord Ganesh in Aithor. The Lord Ganesh’s temple in Aithor which is famous in all over Gujarat which is situated in bank river Puspavati far 4 km from Unja in Mahesana District. The God Statue was not made of Marble and ant metal. But it is made of Soil. On God Statue, people full down sindur and Ghee. The Ganesha’s God Temple is left side which is rarely fount in India because of that there are million people come for prayer in Aithor. There are lots of Epic (God) Story for that temple which was made in Solanki age.

The Epic (God) Story of Lord Ganesh Temple Aithor.The Status of Lord Was made in age of Pandav. The Proince of Solankes were often come here for worship. They start there work after worship of lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesh’s temple in Aithor which is famous in all over Gujarat which is situated in bank of river Puspavati far 4 km from Unja in Mahesana District.

Hathee Singh Jain Temple

Hathee Singh Jain Temple


The Hathee Singh temple Ahmedabad is a very famous Jain temple; one of the most popular Jain temples in Ahmedabad. The temple has been named after its founder Seth Hathee Singh, a prosperous Jain merchant, and is now one of the well known holy places in Ahmedabad.

The Hathee Singh Temple is an architectural marvel in white marble. Hathee Singh Jain temple is a double storied construction that has a dome on the front side. The other two sides of the temple consist of lavishly carved out galleries. The Hathee Singh Temple Ahmedabad is one of the most beautiful Jain temples in Ahmedabad Gujarat and follows the typical Jain temple architecture commonly to be seen in the temples of Dilwara and Ranakpur in the neighboring state of Rajasthan.


Constructed in the year 1850 AD, the Hathee Singh Temple in Ahmedabad India was built in the dedication of the 15th Jain Trithanakara named Dharmnath. The temple is known for its fabulous architectural styling and designing that consists of intricate carvings. Read further to know more about Hathee Singh Temple in Ahmedabad, India. It was designed by Premchand Salat and is dedicated to Dharmanath, the fifteenth Jina or Jain apostle. The temple cost Rs 10 Lakhs, a sum unimaginable in those days.


The Hathee Singh Temple Ahmedabad is built outside Delhi Gate and is the best known of Ahmedabad’s many ornate Jain Temples. Built of pure white marble, the temple has a paved courtyard surrounded by an imposing row of cloisters containing 52 shrines, each with an image of a Tirthankara, adorned with rich delicate carvings, one containing the marble image of the 15th Tirthankar. The temple is a two-storied structure; it has elaborate porches on three sides and a front porch crowned by a large dome. A flight of stairs leads you to the pillared hall, which again leads to the sanctum sanctorum.

The temple is beautifully decorated with elaborate carvings. The courtyard around the temple is surrounded by a row of abbey of 52 holy places with each one having an image of a Trithankara. While you make a trip to Ahmedabad, a visit to this temple is a must.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Unjha Umiya Mataji

Unjha Umiya Mataji





Places in Unjha:-

Unjha is famous for UMIYA MAATA TEMPLE that is located in the center of the city where thousands of visitors visit everyday. It is about 1200 years old but it was rebuilt around a century ago with the aid of the people living here. It has continued to shower blessings to the devotees till date, and it is firmly believed that Unjha is prosperous because of the blessings of Goddess Umiya. The most noticeable thing a person experiences when he is 1 mile away from Unjha is the fragrance of cumin seeds (Jeera). The whole atmosphere is filled with mild fragrance of cumin seeds, as it has the largest marketyard for selling the seed produce. It has a very large Ganj Bazaar or the Market Yard with many offices and trading sheds and warehouses where tonnes of seeds are stored. On the main road a large old building of Unjha Pharmacy can be seen.

It is the manufacturing place of ayurvedic medicines and is also a very old building factory. Unjha has many schools including a B.B.A. College. Law College, a Teachers Training College, a Womens Resdiential College, and a commerce and arts college also. There are various other smaller temples too. On the outskirts there is a Kabir Aashram where the devotees of Saint Kabir worship and sing religious songs (bhajans, sakhis and dohas). Other places are various wadis or places where marriages and other occasions are held. It has many wadis and a particular sub caste of Patel has a particular wadi. For eg – Rangpur Samaaj wadi, Raman wadi, Unava Desh ni Wadi, Bhraman ni wadi. Almost near the center of the town is a pond. There are very few places of public recreation in Unjha.

Facts:- World famous musician and sarod player Vasant Rai’s family is from Unjha. There is a music school commemorating his memory in Unjha Dev Patel who is the actor in very popular hollywood movie “SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE” which is directed by foreigner director has family roots from Unjha although he was born and brought up in The United Kingdom.

ENLIGHTENING THE SACRED FLAME TO SAVE AND SERVE THE PEOPLE OF NATION AND WORLD –SINCE 1894.

Lt. Vaidyaraja shree Nagindasji Shah, had put the foundation stone of UNJHA PHARMACY, with a noble goal to spread the fame and 100 years ago, a town named UNJHA in north province of Gujarat, in the popularity of Ayurveda-the science of life, world-wide.

After scrutinizing various ayurvedic authentic textbooks, Lt.Vaidyaraja Nagindasji, plucked 1100 formulations and started manufacturing these formulations. He dispensed ayurvedic drugs free of cost amongst the learned people and well wishers of Ayurveda for 10 years. Later his successors established the Unjha Pharmacy – an ayurvedic pharmaceutical company that makes various different medicines based on natural Ayurvedic compounds, and are sold in market to date.

Unjha is dominated by mainly Kadva Patidars along with mostly all communities.

Although a small town, Unjha has many people with the zest for social service. Many international social service groups have active members who live in Unjha, like the Rotary, Rotract, Lions, JCIUNJHA

Haji Pir

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1. The shrine of Haji Pir in Kutch has many Hindu followers. ‘Low’ caste Kolis offer free service and keep the shrine clean, and a rich Jain industrialist has paid for constructing its boundary walls.

These are the picture's of the mazaar of Haji Pir (R.A.) of Kutch Bhuj ,
India It is about 2 km's from the Pakistan border , from the Mazaar
boundary wall one can See the army post between these two country

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera

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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera

The temple at Dholera
Name
Location
Location: Dholera
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Madan Mohan Dev
History
Date built: May 19, 1826
Creator: Bhagwan Swaminarayan

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera (Devnagari: श्री स्वमिनरयन मन्दिर, धोलेरा) is a Hindu temple in Dholera. This temple was built by Swaminarayan himself. It is one of the six temples built by him.[1]


About the Mandir

Central Altar of the temple

Dholera itself is an ancient port-city, 30 k.m. away from Dhandhuka of Ahmedabad district.

The making this temple with three domes was supervised and planned by Nishkulanand Swami, Atmanand Swami, Akshardanand Swami and Dharmprasad Swami.

The land for this abode of Gods, was gifted by Darbar Punjabhai. Swaminarayan, when camping in Kamiala, was requested by the devotees Shri Punjabhai and others, to go to Dholera to install the idols of God in the new temple in Dholera. Swaminarayan asked Brahmin priests to find out an auspicious time for the installation ceremony.

Swaminarayan graced Dholera on the request from Punjabhai and other devotees, and on May 19, 1826 and installed the idols of Madan Mohan dev and his own form Harikrishna Maharaj at the Principal seat of the temple and invoked Gods amidst Vedic hymns.

Besides the Gods in the inner temple and sanctum sanctorum, Hanuman and Ganapati grace Roop Chowki near the main stairway of the temple. On the west, near the steps, there are the idols of Sheshashayi, Suryanarayan, Dharm-Bhakti and Ghanshyam Maharaj. The idols of Shankar and Parvati are on the right hand side.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Shri Swaminarayan मंदिर Gad hada

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Gadhada

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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Gadhada

The temple at Gadhada
Name
Location
Location: Gadhada
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Gopinathji Maharaj, HariKrishna Maharaj
History
Date built: October 9, 1828
Creator: Bhagwan Swaminarayan

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Gadhada (Devnagari: श्री स्वमिनरयन मन्दिर, घडडा) is a Hindu temple in Gadhada. This Mandir was built by Swaminarayan himself.[1]


About this Mandir

Central Altar of the temple

The land for constructing this temple in Gadhada, was donated by the court of Dada Khachar in Gadhada. Dada Khachar and his family were devotees of Swaminarayan. The temple was made in the courtyard of his own residence.[2] The temple work was planned and executed directly under the consultation and guidance of Swaminarayan. Swaminarayan over viewed the construction in and also helped with the manual service in the construction of the temple, by lifting stones and mortar. This shrine has two stories and three domes. It is adorned with carvings. The temple is placed on a high plinth is a spacious square and has an assembly hall with large dharamshalas and kitchens for ascetics and pilgrims.[1]

Swaminarayan had installed the idols in this temple on the October 9, 1828 . Gopinath and Hari krishna in the middle, Dharma and Bhakti and Vasudeva on the western side and Revti-Baldevji, Shri Krishna and Suryanarayan in the eastern temple. KAUSHIK

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Besides the idols installed by Swaminarayan himself, the temple is a place of many memories of Swaminarayan. On the path of the worship circuit of the inner temple, there is the idol of Ghanshyam facing northward. This prasadi temple has prasadi items of Swaminarayan displayed in a museum at the temple.

On the southern side of the temple, there is a big neem tree and the chamber of Vasudeva. Swaminarayan gave several discourses at that place. The court of Dada Khachar has been preserved in its original form.

On the backside, there is the Akshar Oradi temple and Gangajalio well. Lakshmi wadi (place of cremation of Swaminarayan) is situated a little away from the town. At Lakshmi wadi, a single dome temple has been constructed at the place of the funeral rituals of Swaminarayan's mortal remains. A little ahead, there is one canopy where Swaminarayan used to sit and deliver the discourses, and just a little ahead, there is the room of Nishkulanand Swami, where he placed the palanquin prepared by him for Swaminarayan's last journey. A neem tree faces this place, and on its western side, there is one more canopy where Swaminarayan celebrated ‘Sharadotsava’.

Swaminarayan and his saints used to take a bath in the River Ghelo.[1] This river flows in the south side of the temple. There are prasadi river-beds - Narayan Dharo and Sahasra Dharo which Swaminarayan visited frequently.[1] There are small temples of Neelkanth and Hanuman on the bank of the river.

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Vadtal

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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Vadtal

The headquarters of the Shri Laxminarayan Dev Gaadi
Name
Location
Location: Vadtal
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Laxminarayan Dev, Shri Ranchodraiji, Harikrishna Maharaj, Radhakrishna Dev, Shri Dharmadev, Bhaktimata and Vasudevji
History
Date built: 3rd of November 1824
Creator: Bhagwan Swaminarayan

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Vadtal (Devnagari: श्री स्वमिनरयन मन्दिर, वद्ताल) headquarters of the Shri LaxmiNarayan Dev Gadi are located in this temple in Vadtal.[1][2] There are three main shrines in the temple the central shirne of this temple is that of Lakshmi Narayan. On the right there is an image of Radha Krishna with Swaminarayan in the form of Hari Krishna and the left has Vasudev, Dharma and Bhakti.[3]


History

Shree LaxmiNarayan Dev with Ranchhodrai, Embraced & Installed by Swaminarayan himself at this temple
The temple lit up for a festival

The town of Vadtal is also known as Vadtal Swaminarayan. The temple here is in the shape of a lotus, with nine domes in the inner temple. The land for this shrine was donated by Joban Pagi, a dacoit converted into a devotee by Swaminarayan. The temple was constructed under the supervision of S.G. Brahmanand Swami.

Devotees from Vadtal had gone to Shreeji Maharaj on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi to meet him in Gadhada. On the next day - the twelfth day of the bright half of Jyestha - they requested to Swaminarayan to construct a Shri Krishna Mandir in Vadtal. Shreeji Maharaj commanded his disciple Brahmanand Swami to temporarily leave the construction of the Muli temple and proceed with a team of saints to plan and supervise the construction of a temple. The construction of this temple was completed within 15 months and the idols of Laxminarayan Dev were installed by Swaminarayan himself on the 3rd of November 1824, amidst chants of vedic hymns and devotional fervour of the installation ceremony. In the middle of the temple, he installed the idols of Laxminarayan dev and Ranchhodji. In the north, there are the idols of Dharmdev and Bhaktimata and his own form Harikrishna Maharaj. And in the south, Swaminarayan installed the idols of RadhaKrishna Dev and Harikrishna Maharaj.

Besides the Gods sitting in the central temple, in the south of the middle temple, were installed the form of Dakshinavart Shankh (Southern-sea conch) and Shaligrama (icon of Vishnu). In the inner dome, there are the stone-idols of the ten incarnations of god, besides the idols of Vishnu resting on the seat of Sheshnaag (heavenly snake).

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The temple is the highest seat of the Acharya and preceptor of the dakshin desh (Laxminarayan Dev Gadi). On the south end of the main temple, there is a place called the Akshar Bhavan. Its first floor has standing idols of Ghanshyam Maharaj. On the second floor, there is the idol of Ghanshyam Maharaj in sitting posture. Personal objects of Swaminarayan are kept here. On the west there is a place called the Hari Mandap where Swaminarayan wrote the Shikshapatri.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bhuj Swaminarayan Mandir

Bhuj Swaminarayan Mandir

Hello,friends Another Beautiful Temple in Gujarat.this Mandir is very famous to kutch and i am visit this mandir is 2007 in my college arrange tour in all kutch temple and places.

About Bhuj City:-

The total population of Bhuj it’s was 136,429 in the year 2008, which consisted of 71,056 males and 65,373 females. The total number of houses was 27,992 .Bhuj is one of the six places where Lord Shree Swaminarayan constructed the temple Himself.This divine thought of Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan alone signifies the vast amount of spirituality the land of Kutch offered not only in the past but even today.

The Gujarat Earthquake of January 2001 destroyed much of the city of Bhuj, including the side of the temple facing north which was built by Lord Shree Swaminarayan. Miraculously the divine idols remained as they were, without any damage whatsoever.

The Temple History:-

However after a mutual Agreement between Acharya Maharajshree, Saints and the devotees from all corners of the globe and given the circumstances of the irreparable damage to the original temple building, it was decided that the idols would be housed inside a new grand temple. It was collaboratively resolved to construct this new temple a short distance away from the original site

The Bhuj Swaminarayan new temple is being built at a cost of 1 billion Indian Rupees (100 crore) on 5 acres (20,000 m2) of land. Made in marbel,The intricate carvings adorn the pillars and ceiling of the most expensive temple to be built in the Indian state of Gujarat recently. the new temple is being built of only marble and gold. The throne for the idol of Swaminarayan,The temple domes and doors will be of gold whiles the pillars and ceilings will be made of marble. The peripheries, which are beautifully carved into the icy marble of Makrana and Ambaji, give it heavenly beauty, serenity and the divine approach to the temple.

Lord Shree Swaminarayan was always attracted by the divine attributes of the devotees of Bhuj. After his appointment as the spiritual leader of the whole Sampraday, He visited Bhuj in the month of Maha Sud 7 Samvat 1860. He spent 32 years of His total lifespan in Gujarat and visited Kutch more than 20 times As a result of His frequent visits, a series of inspirational devotees realised that He was none other than the Supreme Purshottam Narayan Himself. Lord Shree Swaminarayan had graced this temple in the western belt of India and had Himself installed the idols of Narnarayan Dev and Hari-Krishna Maharaj.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Shri Hanuman

Shri Hanuman Mandir, Salangpur

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Coordinates: 22°9′23″N 71°46′19″E / 22.15639°N 71.77194°E / 22.15639; 71.77194

Shri Hanuman Mandir, Salangpur

Shri Hanuman Mandir, Sarangpur
Name
Location
Location: Salangpur, Gujarat
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Hanuman in the form of Kastbhanjan
History
Creator: Gopalanand Swami

Shri Hanuman Mandir, Salangpur is a Hindu temple located in Salangpur, Gujarat and comes under the Vadtal Gadi of the Swaminarayan Sampraday.[1] It is dedicated to Hanuman in the form of Kastbhanjan (Crusher of sorrows).[2] It is the only Swaminarayan temple to have Hanuman as a central deity. In other temples, the central deity is a human form with the shrine of Hanuman along with that of Ganpati at the entrance of the temple.[1]


History and description

This temple is among the more prominent ones in the Swaminarayan Sampraday. The image of Hanuman was installed by Mul Akshar Sadguru Gopalanand Swami. According to author Raymond Williams, it is reported that when Mul Akshar Sadguru Gopalanand Swami installed the image of Hanuman, he touched it with a rod and the image came alive and moved. This story has become a charter for the healing ritual performed at this temple.[1] The image of Hanuman here is a stout figure with a handlebar moustache, crushing a female demon under his foot and baring his teeth, standing among sculpted foliage full of fruit bearing monkey attendants.[2]


The image of this temple is said to be so powerful that a mere look at it by people affected by evil spirits, drives the evil spirits out of the people affected.[3] Saturday is the designated day for a special ritual (as Saturday is dedicated to Hanuman) for those affected by mental illnesses and other disorders. They are brought to the temple to be touched by the rod used by Mul Akshar Sadguru Gopalanand Swami during the installation ceremony of the image. This rod has now been covered in silver. The temple administration has hired a brahmin householder to act as a priest at the temple and conduct this ritual. After this, the person affected is instructed to circumambulate the shrine and repeat this after doing darshan a number of times. Some people take a special vow to do this a certain number of times or to chant the Swaminarayan Mahamantra whiles doing this.[1]

Temple of Palitana Belief

Temple of Palitana Belief
Every devout Jain aspires to climb to the top of the mountain at least once in his lifetime, because of its sanctity. The journey is arduous. The walk up the stone stairway hewn into the mountain face takes about an hour and a half. For those unable or unaccustomed to the strain, sling-chairs are available at a bargain. The code for the climbers is stringent, in keeping with the rigours of the Jain faith. Food must neither be eaten nor carried on the way. The descent must begin before it is evening, for no soul can remain atop the sacred mountain during the night. Such is the mystique of Palitana, the summit of Shatrunjaya. While atop one can also visit a Muslim shrine of Angar Pir. The childless women seek the Pir's blessings to be blessed with children. They offer miniature cradles to the Pir and the shrine is strewn with such cradles.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Saurashtra

Temple of PalitanaLocation
Palitana is located in the western Indian state of Gujarat, 51 km south west of Bhavnagar. It is a part of the Saurashtra region famed for its spectacular temple sites, cities, beautiful beaches, and wildlife. The town has a good road and rail network that connects it to the other cities of Gujarat, especially Bhavnagar. History
The act of ascending a path to reach a place of pilgrimage is a part of the Hindu and Jain consciousness, which is why many of their holiest temples are located along hills and mountain ranges. The Jains have five separate hill locations for their holiest clusters of temples and Shatrunjaya Hill, Palitana is considered the most important among them. Another group is in Girnar (Junagadh), not too far away, while others are in Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

Somnath



The temple of Somnath, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva is situated 79 Kms. from Junagadh and 25 Kms. from Chorwad. According to the legend, Somnath is as old as creation, built by none other than the Moon God himself. The remains of the temple of Somanath "withstood the shocks of time and survived the attacks of destroyers. The temple has imposing architecture and is a beautiful sight facing the blue expanse of the Arabian Sea. A short distance from the Somnath temple is Bakhla Tirth, where Lord Krishna was said to have been struck by the stray arrow of a Bhil tribal. The Present Temple, Kailash Mahameru Prasada is built in the chalukya style of temple architecture and reflects the inherent skill of Sompuras, Gujarat's master masons.

Mythology
Soma is the name for the moon, the son in-law of Daksha. Once Soma disobeyed a certain instruction of his father-in-law. Daksha was so angry that he cursed him, saying, "Thou shalt wane!" The moon, who used to shine in full splendor every night till then, started to shrink. However, before the curse brought about an absolute end to the moon, many a god requested Daksha to revoke his curse. Daksha asked Soma to take a bath in the sea at the mouth of the river Saraswati and then to pray to Lord Shiva. Hence at Prabhasa, Shiva came to be known as Somanath, the Lord of the moon.
In

Saturday, August 20, 2011

UTELIA PALACE

UTELIA PALACE

Around 150 kilometers from Baroda, 78 kilometers from Ahmedabad and en route to Bhavnagar, the Palace Utelia is a grandiose turn-of-the-century haveli (mansion), which is specially imposing when compared to the hutments that crowd its high walls. The architectural style is predominantly Indo-Saracenic, and includes domes, pillars, arches and Gujarati haveli style facades.

Dwarkadhish Temple




Gujarat has been a gateway of commerce and culture between the East and the West and is one of the oldest civilizations on the earth. Dwarka is one of four most scared pilgrimage centers (Chardham) of Hindu faith and is associated with Lord Krishna's life. The main giant ornate shrine is situated on the western most tip of saurastra. According to the epic Mahabharata, the city in due course was submerged by the sea. The submergence of Dwarka and the cause of submergence are of historical and oceanographic interest because of historic Dwarka is likely to throw light on the Dark Age of Indian history.

Ornate, exquisite and majestic, Dwarkadhish Temple (Jagat Mandir) is one of the most imposing five- storied structures of Hindu architecture in Gujarat on the confluence of river Gomti and Arabian sea. The five-storey high temple is built on seventy-two pillars. The temple spire is 78.3m high. From the temple dome waves an eighty-four foot long multicolored flag decorated with the symbols of the sun and moon. Lord Krishna's grandson, Vajranabha, is said to have built the original temple of Dwarkadhish over the hari-griha (Lord Krishna's residential place).

The sanctum of the temple is formed by the Jagat Mandir, or Nija Mandir, which dates back at least 2500 years. The Jagat Mandir has a tall tower and a hall of audience. There are two entrances to the temple. The main entrance (north entrance) is called "Moksha Dwara" (Door to Salvation). This entrance leads to the main market. The south entrance is called "Swarga Dwara" (Gate to Heaven). Outside this doorway are 56 steps that lead to the Gomati River.

Friday, August 19, 2011

RAJWANT PALACE

RAJWANT PALACE

The Rajwant Palace Resort is a part of the 7 acre Vijayraj palace complex constructed for Maharajah Vijay Singhji in 1915. The palace resembles a typical European mansion, with its Romanesque dome, classical columns, Greek capitals, and Venetian doors, Gothic arches. The interiors are appointed in original period furniture. A few rooms of the palace are set aside for a museum of trophies, stuffed animals, mirrors, portraits, textiles, glass and ceramics.

ROYAL OASIS

ROYAL OASIS

The Royal Oasis and the Residency are located in the erstwhile princely state of Wankaner. The palace is a stupendous work of Venetian-Gothic architecture in an oriental vein, with arches, balconies, marble biradaris and pillared porticoes. The interiors are equally delightful in their profusion of Italian marble, stained glass windows, European chandeliers, French crystal, Belgian glass, Burma teak furniture, Persian rugs, custom woven Mirzapur carpets, magnificent drawing room.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

NILAMBAGH PALACE

NILAMBAGH PALACE

Set among 40,000 feet of luxuriant lawn, groves and gardens, the Nilambagh was built in 1895/6 by William Emerson. The entrance is a pillared porch with Gothic arches and an austere period piece reception counter that opens onto a lobby of sofas, exotically colored carpets, life-size portraits, antique furniture, stuffed leopards and mounted trophies. From here one enters a paved courtyard, surrounding a fountained pleasure pool, around which the palace was erected.
The 26 double bedrooms, including 2 executive suites, are furnished lavishly with period furniture.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

RAJ MAHAL PALACE

RAJ MAHAL PALACE

The Rajmahal Palace was built in the 19th century by HH Bal Sinhji and was earlier called Bal Vilas Palace. It is located in 13-14 acres of park-like grounds with tennis courts, lily ponds, fountains, out houses and cricket pitches. The centerpiece is a beautiful pillared courtyard with marble statues. There is a marvelously appointed Darbarhall with painted ceilings, king-sized portraits and a throne. There are beautifully restored vintage cars and a library of automobile books.

DARBARGADH POSHINA PALACE

DARBARGADH POSHINA PALACE

The rulers of Poshina were descendants of the Chalukyas, who ruled much of Gujarat and Central India in the 12 th century. The Darbargadh was once the pride of the Chalukya dynasty. This palace has huge gateways, a massive dome, numerous pillars and arches. It offers pleasant courtyards, gardens, lawns, shady trees and terraces with views of the Arravalli mountains. Ancient fort walls and the old prison are reminders of the property?s history.

HOW TO REACH THERE Poshina is located 51 kms. from Abu road station, 140 kms. from Udaipur, 180 kms. from Ahmedabad, Poshina is a possible stopover between Ahmedabad and the destinations of Rajasthan such as Mount Abu, Rankapur, Udaipur.
Darbargadh Poshina
Village Poshina,
Via Khedbrahma,
Dist. Sabarkantha.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

GARDEN PALACE

GARDEN PALACE

The Garden palace is a set of fine gardens, agricultural fields and orchards. Nawab Saheb Manovar Khanji Babi built it in 1883. The Garden Palace serves meal in a typical Nawabi period ambience; made from homegrown vegetables, milk from the palace dairy and chicken from its poultry.

BALARAM PALACE

BALARAM PALACE

This was the former forest palace of the Lohani Nawab family, who ruled Jalore for nearly 14 generations from the late 14th century onwards. The palace was erected in the 1930s during the rule of Sir Talej Muhammad Khan, 20th Jalori Nawab of Palanpur, who also commissioned the Kirti Stambha (tower of victory), Zorawar City Palace and King George V Club in Palanpur.
The palace is surrounded by forests, which extend into the Balaram Ambhaji and Jessore Wildlife Sanctuaries, and 13 acres of green hills are part of the private palace estate.
The Balaram Palace has been renovated to its former grandeur with a lavish Nawabi style garden, lawns for parties, swimming pool, indoor games, multi-gym health club, restaurant, conference hall, board meeting room and other deluxe facilities.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Tours to Veraval

Tours to Veraval


Diu is no doubt a charming and idyllic place to pack your bags and head for on your vacation, but if you are planning a holiday in Diu, don't miss out on paying visits to the nearby places of interests both within and around Diu. Besides the tourist attractions that Diu boasts of, one can also embark on excursions from Diu that promises to be thrilling and exhilarating. Delwada and Veraval are most commonly visited places. Indianholidays.com is a treasure trove of needful info on tour to Veraval.

Tour to Veraval will take you to the most popular seaport on the southern coast of Saurashtra. Veraval enjoys a considerable degree of importance as one of the major fishing ports. The first sight that will greet your eyes on your tour to Veraval are the large sailing vessels and manually constructed fishing dinghies. One of the major highlights of the Veraval tours is the highly venerated Somnath Temple that is situated at a distance of about 5 kms from the town.


Touring Veraval remains inconclusive without paying a visit to this magnificent temple that has found mention in the records of Al

Baruni, the Arab traveler. In fact the temple was so glorified by Al Baruni that it prompted Mahmud of Ghazni to come to the place. The Somnath Temple is counted among the twelve sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. At present, there is a museum within the temple compound that showcases the relics associated with the old temple.

Other popular tourist places that you should not miss visiting include the Junagadh Gate and the Bhalka Tirth where Lord Krishna was shot with an arrow by a hunter who mistook him for a deer.

Tours to Uteliya

Tours to Uteliya


Tour to Uteliya

Tour to Uteliya will take you to a wonderful journey to the Uteliya village of picturesque simplicity, located a few hours away from Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat. A superb past hidden in the imposing monuments or spectacular landscape does not exist in Uteliya. Relatively the unremarkable rustic nature of the little village itself is most significant of the tourist attractions in Uteliya. Traditional houses, diamond polishing, temples, hot springs and the typical ambiance of an Indian village will make your Uteliya tour fascinating. Agricultural countryside (cotton and wheat fields) and Bharwad hamlets around Utelia are worth visiting. Indianholiday.com provides you with comprehensive inputs on traveling to Uteliya.

Uteliya tour provides usable insights into the historical past of Uteliya. Uteliya was founded in 1786 AD by Bhav Singhji, a member of the Vaghela Rajput clan that once ruled much of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Malwa & Rewa. Neknamdar Thakore Saheb Sur Sinhji built the Palace Utelia around the turn-of-the- century to replace a wooden palace.

There are not many tourist attractions in Uteliya. The splendid Uteliya Palace is redolent of the glorious past. The erstwhile palace is the focal point of the village. The architecture features a unique combination of the Indo-Saracenic and the European style. Domes, balconies, pillared galleries, and porticos combine with Gujarati haveli style frontals to form a fantastic structure. The high podium, entrance archway, beautiful chandeliers, row of columns, twining staircase, and portraits retains the perfect old-world charm.

Next on tour to Uteliya you shall visit the Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary which is the most attractive tourist attractions in Uteliya for the bird watchers. About 250 species of birds arrive here from Siberia during the months of November to February.

Tour to Uteliya leaves behind a wonderful memory for you to cherish. It offers so many attractions to tourists. The village has a natural hot spring, which is believed to have remedial qualities. The spring is uninhibitedly used by the local people.

The archaeological site of Lothal is one of the main tourist attractions in Utelia, and is a short tour away from Uteliya. Excavations have exposed the remnants of the Indus Valley civilization. The best time to go for an Uteliya tour is in between the month of October to March. Tour to Uteliya can be organized availing to good network of transportation. Nearest railway station is Lothal Burkhi, which is located at a distance of 5 kms. Luxury coaches and buses are available from Ahmedabad.

Tours to Gondal

Tours to Gondal


Tour to Gondal

To see the most beautiful and quaint part of Gujarat you are advised to embark upon a tour to Gondal. It is located on the tranquil banks of the river Gondali at a distance of 60 from the district headquarter of Junagadh and 39 km from the ancient city of Rajkot. The imposing sites in the Gondal city are a visual delight not only to eyes but to soul as well.

On a Gondal tour, you will be amazed to see the combination of monumental forts and contemporary architectures. Old or new, each structure will seem to be telling a story about the city. It is this exclusive feature that marks the uniqueness of the sites in Gondal.

A tour to Gondal will acquaint you with the foresightedness of the great ruler called Sir Bhagwatsinghji. He not only brought social reforms in the town but also ensured that this place moved ahead with time. It is said that his rich educational background and regular trips to Europe blessed him with fresh and innovative ideas and that in turn paved the way for the development of the city of Gondal.

On your travel to Gondal you will come across several beautiful forts and palaces. Navlakha Palace in Gondal is touted to be the oldest and the most mesmerizing palace. It is located on the serene river banks and scales up to 30 m in height above the river bed. Built in 17th century, this colossal palace is an architectural marvel that still impresses its onlookers and leaves them completely dumbstruck.

The tour to Gondal will become more exciting on moving towards the other two palaces namely Riverside Palace and the Orchard Palace. The Riverside Palace is situated on the border of the river Gondali. It was built in 1875 AD by Maharajah Bhagwatsinghji for his son Yuvraj Bhojraji. Today these palaces are converted into heritage homes and serve as a base for those who want to stay in this place for a while.

On Gondal tour you will be delighted to see the vintage cars in the ancient garages. These are one of the most important and unique tourist attractions in the city. You should also visit Swami Narayan Temple, Bhavaneshwari Temple, Ayurvedic pharmacy and the stud farm of Kathiawadi horses here. This apart, you will enjoy bird watching in this quaint town. The mesmerizing sights of peacocks, tree pies, cuckoo, sunbird and bee-eaters will make your day.