Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Mandvi Gate is one of the main landmarks in the old city area of Vadodara, Gujarat. Built during the Mughal period, it was restored by governor, Malharoa Maloji  during Damaji Rao Gaekwad II's reign in 1736. This impressive square pavilion has three bold arched openings on each of its four sides. The Mandvi Gate is illuminated on special occasions. While the structure itself is beautiful, it shelters a makeshift police chowky and is probably the only place I've come across which shelters both Hindu and Muslim shrines. To your left are the 99 names of Allah and two your right is a small temple dedicated to Shiva-Parvati and Kali. The gate literally stands between the ghetto-like Hindu and Muslim areas of the old city, which were torn apart during the riots of 2002. I don't know whether the shrines were there before that catastrophe, but what I do know is that the gods have found peace under one roof. Hopefully, human beings will be able to do the same. 

The 99 names of Allah

A Shiva-Parvati Mandir

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