Thursday, August 23, 2012

Yi-CII Heritage Walk through the Old City area of Vadodara

Young Indians (Yi), the youth wing of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized a heritage walk through parts of the old city, starting from the Mandvi Gate. The route covered  heritage attractions such as Champaner Darwaja, Sarkarwada, Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Central library, Jama Masjid, Nazarbaug Palace, Kalyanraiji temple, Lehripura gate. The Heritage walk was guided by Jalendubhai Dave, a winner of the Rashtrapati Award and who is also the Gaurav of Gujarat. He has spent 20 years contributing to the heritage of the walled city. Eminent personalities from the city such as Mayor Dr Jyotiben Pandya; Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Kumar;  Dr Vijay Shah, Chairman, Standing Committee; Prof Yogesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor, M S University; Param Pujya Goswami.108 Shri Dwarkesh Lalji Maharajshri, the titular Queen of Baroda, Radhika Raje Gaekwad, along with educationist Tejal Amin, businessmen Dilip Shah, Premraj Kashyap and Nitin Mankad and columnist Sandhya Gajjar, walked together to take a glimpse of the city’s architecture and monuments of rich heritage. Here are some snapshots:

Leaning backwards - Nazarbaug Palace

Two shrines, two religions at the Mandvi Gate... and yes, they can coexist
The commotion before the display of posters
The Nazarbaug Palace was the first palace built by the Gaekwads
Stately, yet neglected - how old buildings in India are

An old watchman outside the old Kalyanraiji temple

A child sells flowers outside the old Gaekwad residence, Sarkarwada (where they resided till they became Baroda's sovereigns)
The Mandvi Gate
The old Kalyanraiji Temple

A police desk at Mandvi Gate   


1 comment:

Ramesh Narendrarai Desai said...

The Nazarbaug palace is now a government office.