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POPULAR PLACES IN KUTCH, RANN UTSAV

NARAYAN SAROVAR

It's one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus. It is located in Lakhpat taluka of Kutch District of Gujarat in India at a distance of about 135 km from Bhuj and ancient Koteshwar temple lies only 4 km away from here.

In this place there are Vaishav temples of Shri Trikamraiji, Laxminarayan, Govardhannathji, Dwarkanath, Adinarayan, Ranchodraiji and Laxmiji. Queen of Rao Deshalji II of Kutch had built these temples. Devotee from all over India come to worship the lords here.

It is one of the five holy ponds in India mentioned in Shrimad Bhagvat .

KOTESHWAR TEMPLE

Name of an ancient Lord Shiva temple located at western tip of India in Lakhpat Taluka , Kutch district of Gujarat . It is 215 km from Bhuj city & only 4 km from Narayan Sarovar .

The story of Koteshwar begins with Ravana, who won it as a boon from Lord Shiva for an outstanding display of piety, this Shiva linga of great spiritual power. But which Ravana, in his arrogant haste, accidentally dropped and it fell to earth at Koteshwar. To punish Ravana for his carelessness, the linga turned into a thousand identical ones, some versions of the story say ten thousand, some a million. Unable to distinguish the original, Ravana grabbed one and departed, leaving the original one here, around which Koteshwar Temple was built. The temple is also known as Kotilingeshwar Temple.

MATA NO MADH

It's the name of place where famous temple Ashapura Mata that is located 80 km from Bhuj City the Capital of Princely state of Kutch now as district .It was built in 14th Century by two Karad Vanias – Ajo and Anagor

The temple was built in 14th century by two Karad Vanias, Ajo and Anagor. They were the ministers in the court of the father of Lakho Fulani. The earthquake in 1819 damaged the temple. Within 5 years Sundarji Shivji and Vallabhaji, two Brahmakshatriya persons repaired it. The Mistris of Kutch were the artisans and architects, who did the renovation. This ancient temple is now 58 ft. long, 32 ft. wide and 52 ft. tall. Once again the earthquake of 2001 AD shook it and its dome tumbled down. However, very soon it was repaired once again and now it stands with a new grandeur.

LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH

Famous for its Wild Ass Safari and Enjoy Desert Safaris, there Where You Can Sight Animals Like Wild-Ass, Desert Fox, Blue Bull, Blackbuck, Wolf, Jackal And Few Species Of Snakes & Many Species Of Birds.

Though a bleak landscape it is rich in biodiversity and is an ecologically important area for wildlife and many local and migratory waterbirds like cranes, ducks, pelicans, flamingos and land birds like sandgrouse, francolins and the Indian bustards.It is also home to various unique mammals apart from wild ass such as the Indian wolf (Canis lupus pallipes), desert fox (Vulpes vulpes pusilla) and nilgai.

KALADUNGAR HILL / BLACK HILL

That's the highest point in Kutch, Gujarat , India 462 m, It is located at 97 km from district Headquarter of Bhuj. It is also famous for its 400 years old Temple named as "Dattatreya". Its is located very close to Indo Pak Border there is an Army Post at the top.

Legend says that when Dattatreya walked on the earth, he stopped at the Black Hills and found a band of starving jackals. Being a god, he offered them his body to eat and as they ate, his body continually regenerated itself. Because of this, for the last four centuries, the priest at the temple has prepared a batch of prasad, cooked rice, that is fed to the jackals after the evening aarti.

Dutt shikhar is having the height of 1460 feets from sea level. The hills are well known in locals as Kala Dungar or Panchchhamayi.

BANNI GRASSLANDS

Banni Grasslands Reserve is a part of the belt of arid grassland ecosystem situated on the outer southern edge of the Rann of Kutch. This reserve, spread over an area of 3847 sq km is known for its rich wildlife and biodiversity. It is legally protected under the status of a Protected Forest Department of India .

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