I have enjoyed this year Utarayana at four places (14 and 15Jan), which includes Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, tarapur and Khambhat. I would like to have my readers aware about Khambat’s Utarayan. Khambhat is nearly 100 KM away from Ahmedabad and known as navabi state and famous for stylish kite manufacturing and Halwasan (sweet item).
- Khambhat is already known for its good looking Kites all over the Gujarat. These kite prices are slightly higher than normal one and mostly buy these kites regularly for show off .
- Now, in Khambhat they used to fly big size and very big size kites on the day of Utarayana and Vasi-Utarayana. This thing is common for them while in other part of Gujarat, people generally used to fly one big kite at the end of day or once in a day.
- Lastly, they specially celebrate DARIYAI Utarayana on particularly SUNDAY, which comes after Vasi Utaraya (15th Jan). In this celebration whole city people comes to coastal lines of Khambhat, where very big fields for salt growers are there. It is like fun fair for them, all people are flying kites and enjoying, there are so many eatery points. Colorful kites are lying in the large salt ponds.
For photos related to Khambhat Utarayana, you can visit my last year post regarding the same here. Also find here some photos of entrance of Khambhat, you will be welcomed by plenty of Coconut and TADI trees and one beautiful small lake and zig-zag road.
Now coming to Dakor part, I had visited my uncle place these days, where I have clicked some photos, where I used to spend my all the vacations from childhood to 22 age. My three uncle owns a Temple of Shree RAM and Hanuman, which is almost 200 years old (may be more than that). Our home is so big that we dont need to go outside to play hide and seek and other games. There is one Gaushala there, very giant Godown is there and plenty rooms for visitors.
See this image, even before 150 year, how good they were at design and casting. Just look at the words “ramji mandir” which means “RAMJI TEMPLE”. This whole place is called Ram_mahel and exactly opposite to Shree RAM,SITAJI and LAXMANJI temple, there is one more temple of Shree Hanumanji (almost 15Ft idol). There is one well also within the building, where our cricket ball used to drown frequently.
Now see this image, the front gate of the house, the giant wooden gate. Here my uncle used to offer prayer for Shree Ranchodrayji, when there was special celebration for Dushera, where God used to visit one near by place on the Elephant. So from the gallery above the giant gate, Elephant used to stood up and one of the my uncle do the AARTI. That scene was amazing.
Now, see the tiles here, which are 150 years old and also see the RAM-PANCHAYAT photos carved on the surrounding wall of the main temple.
And Finally, the bell and ZALAR which I used to play during morning and evening daily AARTIs.
For more updates on Dakor and other tourist places you can refer this post.