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INFORMATION ABOUT JAMNAGAR

Jamnagar is known for its tie & dye work on fabrics, silken & gold embroidery. Tourists can visit Jamnagar throughout the year. The Jamnagar district, originally constituted as Halar district, is not only recent in its origin but also in its modern set up. But the region comprised therein is of great antiquity and dates back to ancient periods of Jamnagar. According to Pauranik literature, Lord Krishna established his kingdom at Dwarka, now in Jamnagar district, after his migration from Mathura and it is to this great Yadava race that the Jams of Nawanagar trace their descent. The foundation of Nawanagar State is credited to Jam Raval. In AD 1540 after winning conquests Jam Raval founded the city of Nawanagar.

JAMNAGAR TOURISM

    The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing

  • The Sharada Peetha : This is one of the four Mathas established by Jagatguru Shankaracharya, all of which survive to this day. The Matha runs an educational society, an arts college and a Sanskrit Academy, which prepares scholars for doctorates in Sanskrit and Indology.


  • Dwarka :It is one of the four maths or cardinal centres char eastablished by Shankaracharya, the 8th century guru who is credited with the reawakening of the Hindu religion. The other three are Puri in the east Badrinath in the north and Kancheepuram in the south. A Hindu must visit to these four places to attain moksha. Dwarka is also one of the sat dham (7 important pilgrim centres) destinations (the others being Kancheepuram, Haridwar, Varanasi, Mathura, Ujjain & Ayodhya). Dwarka is believed to have been founded by Lord Krishna. Archaeological excavations show that presents day Dwarka is the 6th city at this site; the earlier five have been submerged in the sea. Dwarka is situated 145 Kms. from Jam nagar, Dvara means door and Dwarika means a small doorway, located at the western most tip of the Gujarat peninsula, it opens like a doorway to the Arabian Sea. In August every year during Janmashtami, (Krishna`s birth anniversary) frenzied religious activity takes place here. The Dwarkadhish temple also known as the Nij Mandir is 2500 years old & is one of the main centres of Krishna worship. The 5 storey temple is supported on 60 columns and is crowned by an intricately carved spire which seems to touch the skies.


  • Jagat Mandir :Dwarka is famous for the temple of Dwarkadish, the 'Lord of Dwarka', also known as Jagat Mandir or temple of the world. Constructed over 1400 years ago, the temple houses the image of Lord Krishna and draws pilgrims from allover India and abroad. Magnificently built on traditional lines, the temple has five floors and is profusely carved from base to pinnacle. The festival of Lord Krishna's birth is celebrated there every year in the auspicious month of Shravan with great splendour. The festival of Navratri too is celebrated with great rejoicing.


  • Kotha Bastion :Is an old well where the water can be drawn by blowing into a small hole in the floor. Other places of interest are Solarium, Jansahed's Palace and Rozi & Bedi Ports.


  • LAKHOTA PALACE :In the centre of Jamnagar, in the middle of the lake, are two magnificent old structures, the Lakhota Fort and the Kotha Bastion. Lakhota Fort is Jamnagar's Museum and its terraces display a fine collection of sculpture that spans a period from the 9th to 18th Century. The Kotha Bastion is Jamnagar's arsenal. One of its most interesting sights is an old well, the water of which can be drawn by blowing into a small hole in the floor.


  • PRATAP VILAS PALACE :Built according to foreign architecture, but the carvings on it are very much Indian. It was built as a mimic of Victoria Memorial Building of Calcutta but the domes built on it are according to Indian architecture, out of which 3 domes are made of glass. Carvings of creepers, flowers, leaves, birds and animals on the columns make the palace lively. Balconies in the palace add further beauty to it.


  • BALA HANUMANJI :Situated on southeastern bank of Lakhota lake, it has gained a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for continuous enchanting of "Ram Dhun" (recitation of Ramanama), 24 hour a day and 7 days a week since 1st August 1964.


  • JAIN TEMPLES :The four Jain temples (1) Vardhman Shah's Temple (2) Raisi Shah's Temple (3) Sheth's Temple and (4) Vasupujya Swami's Temple were built in 1574 to 1622.


  • MARINE NATIONAL PARK :Gujarat has the distinction of creating the country’s first Marine National Park spread over an area of nearly 458 sq.kms. in the Gulf of Kutch, 30 km. from Jamnagar.


  • Porbandar :South of Dwarka, on the western coast, Porbandar is a picturesque old sea port associated with the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. There is the mid-18th century Gandhi home, where Gandhiji was born in 1869. The three storeyed, 17 room house remains unaltered.


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