A rabari woman, with a natural pose, dressed in traditional attire on the street of Ambaji, Gujarat, India.
Dark clouds hover over the mountains near Poshina, Gujarat, India
Ruins of old temples in Poshina, Gujarat ….
Poshina, a small town situated in Gujarat, India, is home to Adivasi shrines acclaimed for their votive terracotta horses. A growing army of more than 2000 horses surrounds the petite Adivasi shrines. The horses are offered in anticipation of achieving a particular wish or upon fulfillment of a desire, such as childbirth, curing of an illness, sick animals, timely rain, aid in a difficult harvest, and so on.
The term Adivasi means “original inhabitants” and there are a number of Adivasi communities (such as the Garasia, Bhil, Koli, and Rathva) residing in the northern, central and southern part of Gujarat. Most Adivasi communities believe that their gods cannot be represented by images. Instead, they install wooden posts or clay pots as focuses for their prayers.
Exploring around Poshina, Gujarat reveals a town by two rivers awaiting monsoon to replenish the water supply
There are remnants of lava flow from the past around Poshina
Capturing the sunrise between balcony pillars at Darbargadh Poshina, Gujarat, India
Sunrise from the roof terrace at Darbargadh Poshina, Gujarat, India
An arched window at Darbargadh Poshina, Gujarat, India reflects the historic palace dome and terrace
Darbargadh Poshina is the remnant of the regal times of Gujarat. The beautiful heritage hotel offers amazing views, lavish charms and a memorable experience including the hospitality of a family that once ruled Poshina for eight generations before independence of India.
In Poshina, Gujarat, India is the Darbargadh Poshina, once a palace, and now a welcoming heritage hotel, with huge gateways, a massive dome, numerous pillars and arches, a pleasant courtyard, gardens, lawns and terraces, owned by the descendants of the Chalukyas, whose empire spread through much of Gujarat and Central India in the 12th century.
About 18 kms from Ambaji, Gujarat, India, Poshina takes one back to the simple beauty of traditional village life. Poshina is home to a tribal shrine where you find the staggering scene of thousands of terracotta horses standing in rows as offerings to the local goddess (images to follow later).
A perfect place to rest under the tree besides a small shrine on the outskirts of a village in Gujarat, India
Most rural villages are located near a water source, as is this small town in Gujarat, India
The domes of Jami Mosque, Khambhat, India have latticed windows made in the typical architectural style of Gujarat. Not only do the windows let in light, but they also provide an artistic feature of architecture.
Jami Mosque is a mosque in Khambhat, Gujarat, India, built in 1325. It is one of the oldest Islamic monuments in Gujarat. The mosque’s interior has colonnaded open courtyard built with 100 columns. The mosque’s architecture marks the evolution of the Indo-Islamic architecture and it’s features do not display any minarets.
Khambhat, in east-central Gujarat state, west-central India, lies at the head of the Gulf of Khambhat (Cambay) and the mouth of the Mahi River.
The town was mentioned in 1293 by the Venetian traveler Marco Polo, who referred to it as a busy port. It was still a prosperous port in the late 15th century, when Muslims controlled Gujarat. As the gulf silted up, however, the port became insignificant. The town was the capital of the princely state of Cambay, which was incorporated into Kaira (later Kheda) district in 1949.
There are several structures from the past, including this building, that display architecture from that era.
Each state in India has different clothing styles conforming to its culture. The common element is that people wear colorful clothes in not only everyday life, but especially for festivals.
A couple of girls from Gujarat are dressed colorfully for a folk dance performance. Flowers in the background complement their color scheme!
In conjunction with the most widely celebrated annual festival in Gujarat, India of Uttrayan or Kite Flying (on January 14-15), an International Kite Festival was held on January 8, 2010 in Vadodara. Professional kite flyers from over 20 countries showed off their unique, colorful kites.
A vivid sunrise over Vadodara, Gujarat, India
A pigeon waits to greet sunrise in Vadodara, Gujarat, India