Ranchhodrai Dakor Temple, Dakor
Gomti Lake, Dakor
Welcome to Anand,
Anand district is a district of Gujarat state. It was carved out of the Kheda district in 1997. Anand lies between Ahmedabad and Vadodara on the Western Railway. It is famous for Dakor - the famous Hindu pilgrimage.
Anand is known as the Milk Capital of India. It became famous for Amul dairy and its Milk revolution. This City hosts the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) of India and Anand Agricultural University. The IRMA (Institute of Rural Management, Anand) campus is also situated in Anand. IRMA runs a Post Graduate Programme(PGP) in Rural Management which is considered to be one of the best in the world. Nana Adadh is part of Anand and is home to the Swaminarayan Mandir along with Revadas Ni Khadki and Darvaja Vali khadki.
Amul (AMUL means "priceless" in Sanskrit. The brand name "Amul," from the Sanskrit "Amoolya," was suggested by a quality control expert in Anand.), formed in 1946, is a dairy cooperative in India. It is a brand name managed by an apex cooperative organisation, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF), which today is jointly owned by some 2.8 million milk producers in Gujarat, India.
Amul has entered overseas markets such as Mauritius, UAE, USA, Bangladesh, Australia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and a few South African countries. It produces milk products like Amul Butter, Amul Cheese, Amul Icecreams etc.
Bhadran is a village in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is in the Anand district. Bhadran was nicknamed the "Paris of Gaekwad state" due to its prosperity and civil works carried out by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the visionary ruler of Baroda.
Places for social activities include a Guest House, a Rest House, Nani Khadki Dharmshala, Brahman Vadi, Shree Bhadrakali Mataji's Vadi, and Central Hall in Town Hall and Shree Annkshetra. It also has many temples.
If you wish to take your excursions inward, than the Hari Om Ashram in Bilodra might serve the serenity to bridge those pathways. In this ashram, first established as maun mandirs (silent temples), you can find a space of solitude for quiet reflection. Sincere seekers take a vow of silence and shut themselves voluntarily inside these rooms to penetrate into the silence within themselves. This hermitage is run entirely on donations. It was founded by Pujya Shree Mota, a well-known saint of Gujarat, who had dedicated his life to selfless service of Harijans.
About 16 km from Dakor is a Shiva temple of the Solanki era, situated on the alluring sangam (confluence) of the rivers Mahi and Galati where it is said lived Galav Muni Chandrahaas of Puranic fame. At present the lovely rocky bank of Mahi and the beautiful old Shiva temple on it has one spring of the River Galati constantly sprinkling water on the Shiva linga. Rich in art and architecture, it has a unique eight-sided hall. The walls have carved figures of Gods, gandharvas, humans, rishis, horse riders, elepant riders, chariots, doli (palanquins) and the events of a human life, from birth to death, are all depicted in these carvings.
According to the Mahabharata legend, Bhimsen, on a journey with Sri Krishna, carved open a small pool of fresh clean water into a great lake for the benefit of the hermitage dwellers and forest animals. Spreading over an area of 230 hectares opposite the Dakor temple, it is named after the river Gomti from Dwarka. On its banks there are dharamshalas, havelis and other buildings for lodging pilgrims.
The three main embankments of Danknath Mahadev, Kaleshwar Mahadev, Bhattji Maharaj are well known. Another important one is Makhanio Aro, known for the visit of Ranchhodji, who rested at this place on a journey from Dwarka and was offered butter with sugar by Gangabai. Many pilgrims also pay respect to the seat of a Muslim saint on the banks of lake Gomti. Today, this lake is also an attraction to go boating and feed turtles.
Karamsad is a city and a municipality in Anand district in the Indian state of Gujarat. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of India's greatest leaders in the Indian Independence Movement grew up in Karamsad. It was also the home of his elder brother Vithalbhai Patel, who was also an important political leader. Also famous for Pramukh Swami Medical College.
Khambhat, formerly known as Cambay, is a city and a municipality in Anand district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It was formerly an important trading center. It is a historic and ancient port in the bay of Khambhat, known for its trade with foreign countries.
The main temple, enclosed by a fort wall, is situated near the bank of the holy lake Gomti in the midst of the main bazaar of Dakor. The temple is covered with 8 domes and 24 turrets, with the central dome reaching a height of 27m. Crowned with a golden kalash and a white silken flag, this temple is the tallest in the district. Though not very rich in carving, the main cupola derives its influence from the Maharashtrian style of temple architecture. The main hall features paintings depicting events in Lord Krishna's life.
It is believed that Ranchhodji, a name for Lord Krishna meaning "he who left the battlefield", inspired Gopal Jagannath Ambekar, a shroff of a Peshwa's court in Poona, in a dream to build a vast and magnificent temple. The temple was built in 1772 A.D. The main Ranchhodrai idol is in black touchstone, 1m tall and 45 cm in breadth, richly adorned with gold, jewels and expensive clothes. Its throne, an ornate masterpiece of woodcarving plated in silver and gold, was presented by the Gaekwad of Baroda.
On the upper floor of the gate there is a tokorkhana (music room) where music is played on shehnai and drums daily every three hours. Shri Bhalchandrarao and other descendants of the builder of this temple, Inamdar Tambekar, give their services to this temple even today. For many, listening to the devotional songs sung by Champavatiben Tambekar is a very special experience.
- Some Temples : Bochasan Swaminaryan Mandir, Ramnath Mahadev Mandir, Ashapura Mataji Mandir, Bodana Temple, Santaram Mandir, Gayatri Temple etc.
- Malav Pond, Kanival Sarovar, Mahaprabhuji ni Bethak etc.