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…

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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…

Modern Art in a Cave: Amdavad ni Gufa

What would someone expect when two great minds.... one who conjured up three-dimensional contemporary spaces with traditional concepts and another who with just a stroke of his brush created images on the canvas, amalgamate their ideas? Yes! When art and architecture join hands.....it gives birth to this cave like Art Gallery under the ground to…

Modhera Sun Temple

The Fire Altar : Sun Temple at Modhera, Gujrat

The  first soft yellow light of the early morning fell on the face of the gold idol of Surya, imparting a resplendent glow shattering the darkness......It seemed as if the Sun God himself emerged from the sleepy confines of the garbha griha of the temple riding his golden chariot heralding the dawn of a new day. The…

Rani ki Vav(Queen’s Stepwell): Patan, Gujrat

Patan, known for Rani ki Vav and Patola Saris, is two and a half hour drive from Ahmedabad. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Rani ki Vav is an ancient step-well or baodi or vav in Gujarati. Stepwells are water tanks that are reached by descending steps. These were built by digging deep trenches to reach the…