Saputara Monsoon Festival, Gujarat

Located in the hills of Western Ghats is the little Dang District of Gujarat at the edge of Maharashtra. A predominantly Bhil tribal area, the Dang district has roots in mythology. Dang is assumed to be the the 'Dandakaryanya' of Ramayan which Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman passed through while going towards Nasik-Tryambakeshwar. It is…

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Informatics Centre And Museum Of Dinosaur Fossils At Balasinor, Gujarat

If one looks closely at the engravings in ancient temples in Rajasthan and Gujarat, there are depictions of certain animals that look like dinosaurs. I have come across a few in Jain temples at Kiradu. I often wondered where all on Indian terrain did dinosaurs roam. First fossilized dinosaur egg was discovered as early as…

Dandi Kutir

Dandi Kutir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

A colossal mound of salt, shimmering as if lit by moonlight, rises up against the sky, piercing the darkness of the night in defiance proclaiming the relevance of the epic Satyagrah March.  Dandi Kutir or Mahatma Mandir at Gandhinagar, Gujarat is a tribute to the man who preached and practiced non-violence and forced British to…

Inauguration of Navaratri festival at Ahmedabad

Navaratri Celebrations In Gujarat

I was invited by Gujarat Tourism Department to attend NAVARATRI FESTIVAL 2018 at Ahmadabad and Vadodara. The inauguration event marks the beginning of nine days of  Garba dance where the entire community participates to celebrate feminine power of Goddess Shakti and her nine incarnations. If you happen to be in Gujarat during Navaratri, the opening ceremony…

Siddis: A Tribe Lost In The Pages Of History

What are the chances of meeting an Afro-American who can speak Hindi, knows which part of the country Indian prime minister hails from and claims to have a great grandfather from Gujarat too? I would say none except that I met someone just like that on my maiden trip to USA at Times Square, New…

Adalaj Vav: An Illustration of Love and Religious Tolerance

 “It’s amazing what people do for love. It’s even more amazing what love does for people” It was for this love, for her deceased husband Veer Sinh chieftain of Vaghelas, that Rani Roopba, consented to marry Mehmud Begada, the slayer of her husband himself, on a precondition that he would complete the construction of ‘Adalaj…

Born free: In wilderness of Gir

Also known as Sasan-Gir, the Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat was established in 1965 and is the only home to Asiatic Lion. I had decided to take a jeep safari in the wilderness to get a glimpse of this magnificent creature. Even after spending the better part of night standing in…