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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Jamnagar?

Mercy Jacob DEC 10 2012
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Step back into time by some 470 years and you’ll land in the fascinating precincts of Jamnagar. It was the time, 1540 AD, when this city started growing roots. Ram Javal, son of a ruler from Kutch, founded it as the capital of Nawanagar. Going by the myths and local folklore, he fell for the place on a hunting trip when he saw a hare fighting a pack of hunting dogs! He was taken in by the bravery of the hare and made Jamnagar as his capital for the belief that this region is home to the bravest of all. Its foundation was laid on the meeting point of two rivers - Rangmati and Nagmati, and it came to be named so for being home to ‘jams’. It was in the year 1920 that Jamnagar moved up the rungs of development at the behest of Maharaja Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji. It has evolved into a famous haunt of tourists as well as one of the more important commercial cities of Gujarat.

In an interesting religious turn, the state of Dwarka in Jamnagar is believed to have been the capital of Lord Krishna. Like most of the Gujarat, Jamnagar, too, is a culturally rich city. It revels in the air of festivals and fairs like Diwali, Id, Holi, Dussehra, Navratri and more. ‘Festive’ is a mood that sweeps across the whole city. It’s a place that treads on the fine line between the old and the contemporary. Setting up of big industrial units like Reliance Oil Refinery has ensured that Jamnagar stays in tune with the leaps that the world around is taking. It has imbibed a culture that freewheeling, modern yet rooted to its traditions at the same time. Welcome to a town of colours and ancient buildings.

With several fantastic things to do in Jamnagar, you'll get the best of history and culture.

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