PLACES TO VISIT IN GUJARAT
RANN OF KUTCH
The saying, “Kutch Nahin Dekha to Kuch Nahin Dekha” (you have not seen anything if you haven’t seen Kutch) could not be truer. The salt marsh of the Rann of Kutch located in the vast Thar Desert is nothing short of a spectacle. While it remains submerged in the monsoon, through the rest of the year it is a vision in white of limitless salt pans, a sight that is particularly unforgettable on full moon nights. The annual festival of Rann Mahotsav is the best time to go to this place. Moreover, winter also sees many migratory bird species arrive here, only adding to the spectacular beauty all around.
A noted nonetheless distinctive landmark, Palitana is that the world’s biggest mountain temple complex. The Shatrunjaya Hill here is dotted with 900 impressive temples of various sizes and could be a revered pilgrim’s journey site for the Jains. But what makes Palitana distinctive are the Hindu Brahmins serving as priests in Jain temples and the peaceful co-existence of Muslim shrines like the Angar Pir Dargah at the same place. Another unique record that Palitana holds is of being the world’s 1st town to be lawfully declared as an eater.
One of the highly revered Char Dham destinations of India, Dwarka is known to be the ancient kingdom of Lord Krishna. It is conjointly one of the seven most ancient Sapta Puri spiritual cities in India. This sacred town desires no introduction and is visited by a large range of devotees. A peaceful environment and the divine air sweeps you off your feet. and Bet Dwarka are the two most important attractions here. Go down towards the Gomti ghat to get pleasure from a hot cup of tea, observe adorned camels and acquire your hands on seashell knick-knacks. Some other things that you can visit here are Jagat Mandir, Rukmini Devi temple, Okha, and Shank Narayan temple.
GIR NATIONAL PARK
The Gir national park and life Sanctuary (also called Sasan-Gir) could be a forest and life sanctuary in Gujarat, India. It is the sole home to Asiatic Lions in the World. It was established in the year 1965 with a total area of 1412 sq km. Gir parkland is split into 2 components Gir life Sanctuary and Devalia parkland that is additionally known as Gir Interpretation Zone. Gir National Park is located in Junagadh district of Gujarat. The forest area of Gir was the hunting grounds of the Nawabs of Junagadh. However, faced with a drastic drop in the lion population in Gir, Nawab declared Gir as a “protected” area in 1900. The fourteenth Asiatic Lion Census 2015 was conducted in could 2015. In 2015, the population has been 523 (27% up compared to the previous census in 2010).
Dedicated to the Sun God, the splendid Sun temple is one of the best attractions of Modhera village. The temple was constructed by the rulers of the Solanki Dynasty during the 11th century. Located on the banks of Pushpavati stream, this magnificent piece of architecture comprises of the main shrine, an assembly hall and a beautifully carved flagged tank. Its architecture is known to be quite similar to the Sun temple of Konark. One of the highlights of this temple is that the sanctum has built on such a position that the first rays of the sun fall at the equinox. The Modhera Sun Temple was commissioned by King Bhimdev way back in 1026. Modhera conjointly finds its mention in holy books like Brahma Purana and Skanda Purana. It is believed to be blessed by Lord avatar and is additionally named as Dharmaranya, the forest of morality.
The most sacred among the 12 jyotirlingas in India, Somnath Temple is located in the Veraval region of the Junagadh district. Somnath suggests that ‘Lord of Moon’ and the city gets its name from the Somnath Temple According to legend, Som, the Moon God built the Somnath Temple from gold, Ravan made it from silver, Lord Krishna made the temple from wood and King Bhimdev of Anhilwad made the temple from stone. Som made the temple out of respect when Lord Shiva cured his unwellness that was caused by som’s father-in-law Daksha Prajapati’s curse. Daksha Hindu deity had cursed som as he was loving with Rohini and wasn’t paying adequate attention to his alternative twenty-six wives who were all daughters of Prajapati. It is believed that Lord Brahma suggested som to create the temple to honor Lord Shiva.