Prachin Mandir, Danteshwar, Vadodara, Gujarat

A forgotten edifice of perhaps the 9th - 13th century which was a golden period in the history of the Baroda State is the Prachin Mandir where the Hazira stands today in Danteshwar. The Baroda State, traditionally rich in culture, history, art, architecture, literature and philosophy was ruled by valorous Hindu kings for centuries.  ... Continue Reading →

Sahasralinga Talav, Patan, Gujarat

Anahilapataka, modern-day Patan is a treasure trove of magnificent edifices from the 9th century onwards. This prosperous city was established in the 8th century by Raja Vanaraja of the Chavda dynasty and became the capital of the Chaulukya dynasty also known as the Solanki dynasty between the 10th to 13th century.   The city really... Continue Reading →

Prachin Mandir, Bharuch, Bharuch District, Gujarat

Bharuch, on the banks of the sacrosanct Narmada River is one of the oldest cities in Western India of immense historical, geographical, economic and spiritual importance. This ancient city has been revered by yogis, saints and tapasvis in scriptural commentaries and finds mention in important Hindu texts.   This grand seaport has been a thriving commercial... Continue Reading →

Prachin Mandir, Paldi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Ahmedabad, the seat of power for centuries is dotted with beautiful temples built by the Chaulukya dynasty also known as the Solanki dynasty and the Vaghelas. This prosperous town on the banks of the Sabarmati River came under attack from the Delhi Sultanate and was finally ruled by the Gujarat Sultanate for years.   The... Continue Reading →

Prachin Mandir, Dholka, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat

Dholka, a merchant's haven during the reign of the valorous Chaulukya dynasty also known as the Solanki dynasty and the capital of the Vaghelas is the sacred land of King Virata of Matsyanagar or Viratdesh in the Mahabharat where the Pancha Pandavas and Divya Janani Draupadi spent a year in agyatvas. This ancient city used to be dotted with temples, halls, palatial... Continue Reading →

Prachin Shiv Mandir, Dholka, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat

Dholka, one of the most prosperous towns during the reign of the mighty Chaulukya dynasty also known as the Solanki dynasty and the capital of the Vaghelas is believed to be the sacred land of King Virata of Matsyanagar or Viratdesh in the Mahabharat where the Pancha Pandavas and Divya Janani Draupadi spent a year in agyatvas. In fact, serious historians... Continue Reading →

Bāvan Jinālaya , Dholka, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat

Dholka is a treasure trove for archaeologists, historians, architects, artists, philologists and theoretical linguistics. This ancient city is deemed to be Matsyanagar or Viratdesh in the Mahabharat where the Pancha Pandavas and Divya Janani Draupadi spent a year in agyatvas.   Dholka was a prosperous town during the reign of the Chaulukya dynasty also known as the Solanki... Continue Reading →

Bhadrakali Temple, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

The mighty Paramaras who ruled over Malwa and surrounding areas of west central India between the 9th - 14th century built some of the most magnificent temples, halls, dharmashalas and palatial quarters that stand as a testimony to their architectural and structural ingenuity, creative and artistic excellence and literary and philosophical mastery. A few of... Continue Reading →

Bamboo Pens

It is perhaps not known to many that Akhanda Bharat has the largest collection of paintings, literary texts, historical journals and scientific records in the world dating back to the Vedic Period. This treasure trove of our ancient culture, art, history and heritage was painstakingly documented using the humble wooden pen.   Since the ancient... Continue Reading →

Narmada Parikrama: Datta Guru Temple, Garudeshwar Village, Nandod Taluka, Narmada District, Gujarat

One of the most outstanding examples of iconography along the Rewa River (Narmada River) is the Datta Guru Temple also known as Garudeshwar Datta Mandir in Garudeshwar village. Garudeswar village lies to the south of Tilakwada and east of Rajpipla and is a part of the important Narmada Parikrama. Thousands of devotees walk barefoot visiting... Continue Reading →

Narmada Parikrama: Kuber Bhandari Shiva Temple, Karnali Village, Dabhoi Taluka, Vadodara District, Gujarat

One of the most important tirthasthalas along the Rewa River is the ancient temple of Kuber Bhandari Shiva in Karnali village. People often stop over at the 'City of Temples', Chandod located at the Triveni Sangam of Saraswati, Narmada and Orsang rivers before proceeding to Kuber Bhandari Temple by boat.   Legend has it that Lord... Continue Reading →

Gir Kesar Mango

The vibrant saffron hue and sinfully sweet taste of the Gir Kesar mango puts it on the list of much loved and sought-after mangoes of India. Titled by the locals as the 'Queen of Mangoes', this delightfully bright and delicious mango finds its place among the country's five best indigenous varieties.   Gir Kesar mango... Continue Reading →

गुजरात का भलिया गेहूं (Bhalia Wheat, Gujarat)

गुजरात के स्थानीय निवासियों का मानना है कि भाल नामक क्षेत्र में बड़े पैमाने पर उगाए जाने वाले गेहूं का नाम संस्कृत के शब्द भाल के ऊपर पड़ा है, जिसका अर्थ है 'मस्तक', ऐसा इसलिए है क्योकि यह क्षेत्र भी मस्तक के समान सपाट दिखता है। यह सुनने में अजीब लगता है, परन्तु वास्तव में... Continue Reading →

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