Sunset clouds from Darbargadh Poshina as we say farewell ……
Dark clouds hover over the mountains near Poshina, Gujarat, India
A dramatic image of rays of sun through the clouds over Darbargadh Poshina ……
While walking through rural homes of the local tribe in Poshina, came across art expressions on a wall – probably by children. Interesting incorporation of drawings around a hole in the wall.
Remnants of ancient art sculpture in Poshina including colorful stonework
Ruins of old temples in Poshina, Gujarat ….
Walking through the town of Poshina reveals relatively modern construction yet narrow, paved streets from the past
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
An elephant figure in clay at Darbargadh Poshina. More about votive elephants and horses in Poshina in later posts.
Clay elephants made in Poshina ….
A head of an elephant sculpted out of stone at Darbargadh Poshina
Due to my interest in elephant pieces, I look for unusual items during my travels. Darbargadh Poshina didn’t disappoint with several unique elephants in stone.
Darbargadh Poshina has interesting artifacts from the past including this hand operated stone flour mill. Millstones or mill stones are stones used in gristmills, for grinding wheat or other grains. Millstones come in pairs – the runner stone spins above the stationary bedstone creating the “scissoring” or grinding action of the stones.
Capturing the sunrise between balcony pillars at Darbargadh Poshina, Gujarat, India
The sunrise creates striking silhouettes of the traditional architecture of Darbargadh Poshina
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
The inside courtyard of Darbargadh Poshina offers a quiet sanctuary for relaxation and reflection
The palace of Darbargadh Poshina still displays its historic beauty as one enters the inner sanctum of the hotel
A welcoming, colorful, architecturally pleasing entrance to Darbargadh Poshina