Festivals In November
Shamlaji fair is an annual festival held in Gujarat, India. It is held on the day of Karthiki Purnima. The fair is attended by a large number of tribals, who have great faith in Shamlaji (Baliya Bawji). People from different regions of Gujarat as well as the state of Rajasthan also come to this fair.
Apart from Brahmins, Vaniyas, Rajputs and Patidars, devotees from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh also come to Shamlaji to visit and enjoy the fair. More than two lakh people are expected to attend the fair. Bhuvas-sadhus(priests) also seem to come in large numbers to perform mantra-tantra in this fair.
Among the many people who come with colorful clothes from distant places in fair, mainly the people of the ‘Garasiya’ community are especially prominent. Apart from Krishna, worship of Lord Vishnu is also important at Shamlaji.
The Shree Somnath temple (also known as the Deo Patan) located in Veraval (formally known as Prabhas Kshetra) in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, India is believed to be the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva.It is an important Hindu pilgrimage and tourist spot of India and especially of Gujarat. Reconstructed several times in the past after repeated destruction by several Muslim invaders and rulers,the present mandir was reconstructed in the Chaulukya style of Hindu temple architecture and completed in May 1951. The reconstruction was started under the orders of the first Home Minister of India Vallabhbhai Patel and completed after his death. Presently the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is the chairman of Shree Somnath Mandir trust.
Vautha fair is one of the important fairs held in Gujarat. Vautha is located on the border of Dholka taluka of Ahmedabad district and Matar taluka of Kheda district. Vautha fair is the largest fair in Ahmedabad district.
Vautha fair is held at Vautha village of Dholka taluka of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India.The place of the fair is known as Saptasangam – the confluence of seven rivers. In fact, only the Sabarmati and Vatrak rivers meet at Vautha. These two rivers formerly meet the Hathmati river at Sabarmati and the Khari, Meshwo, Mazam and Shedhi rivers at Vatrak, hence the confluence of seven rivers here.
Gujarat Festival in November
|Nov 02, Tuesday||Dhan Terash|
|Nov 03, Wednesday||Kali Chaudash|
|Nov 04, Thursday||Diwali|
|Nov 05, Friday||Vikram Samvat New Year Day|
|Nov 06, Saturday||Bhai Bij|
|Nov 18, Thursday||Dev Diwali|
|Nov 19, Friday||Guru Nanak’s Birthday|
Places to Visit in November
Kutch Desert Sanctuary
Brief History: This sanctuary with area of 7506.22 sq. km. is the largest in the state, encompasses a true saline desert where thousands of Flamingoes nest and breed in the world-famous ‘Flamingo City’, while a 5000-year-old city lies buried in an eternal silence close by. This area was declared a sanctuary in February 1986.
Buried city Dholavira of Harappan civilization was excavated here, which attracts hordes of archeologists here from all across the world. Equally enticing is the Flamingo City located in the mud flats of the Rann, about 10 km from Nir out post on Kala Dungar. It is the only area where flamingoes breed regularly.
Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary represents one of the largest seasonal saline wetland areas having water depth between 0.5 to 1.5 metres. But, after October-November, water dries up and the entire area turns into saline desert. The sanctuary supports wide variety of water birds and bewildering range of mammalian wildlife.