Pilgrimage Tourism in Bharuch District
Bharuch district is notable for its numerable ancient temples, Shiva Lingas or Nav Nathas and many other religious sites which are visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.
Bhrigu Rishi Temple
Known to be one of the most renowned and holy temples of the western Indian state of Gujarat, Bhrigu Rishi Temple is located on the eastern part of Bharuch, in the region of Dandia Bazar, on the banks of Narmada River. Initially, Bharuch district was referred to as 'Bhrigukachchha', which was obtained from the name of this ancient temple that was made in the memory of Maharishi Bhrigu. As per legendary tales, this Indian saint was capable of achieving sainthood by accomplishing the perfect balance between actions and wisdom. It is believed that Bhrigu Rishi composed the 'Bhrigu Samhita', his very first astrological work at this place.
This temple is over 175 years of age and it is based in Dandia Bazar. The Swaminarayan Temple is quite popular and is adorned with a beautiful combination of different colours on its walls.
Narmadamata Temple is another temple which is situated in Dandia Bazar and is about 150 years old. The presiding deity of this temple is Goddess Narmada.
Belonging to the period around 1725, the Vaishnav Haveli houses an idol of Lord Krishna, in his avatar of 'Bal Krishna'. This idol is believed to have arrived from the area of Mathura.
Bharuch is well-known for its nine self-erected or 'Swayambhu' Shiva Lingas which are based at several portions of this district. The Lingas are referred to as 'Nav Nathas' and consist of Kashi Vishwanath, Bhootnath, Somnath, Pingalnath, Jwalnath, Kamnath, Bhimnath, Siddhnath and Gangnath. It is believed that all these nine Shiva Lingas are existent at this place since numerous ages and that the presence of these Lingas motivated Bhrigu Rishi to opt for Bharuch for the purpose of building his ashram.
Gurudwara Chadar Saheb
According to a mythological story, the Sikh Guru named Guru Nanak had paid a visit to Bharuch during the 15th century. It is said that when a boatman refused to permit him access to his boat, in order to take him across Narmada River, he had done so by walking over a 'chadar' or a sheet of cloth. A Gurdwara was later erected in Kasak, known as Gurudwara Chadar Saheb on the area where he had landed, in the district of Bharuch.
Leisure Tourism in Bharuch District
Visitors can decide to visit the Raichand Deepchand Library, Golden Bridge, a historical fort, Soneri Mahal or Golden Palace, a renowned bazaar known as Katopore Bazar and several others.
Raichand Deepchand Library
The Raichand Deepchand Library is equipped with some unique and rare manuscripts and was constructed in the year 1858. More than 2, 00, 000 books are present in this famous library. These books and manuscripts reveal about the regional customs and traditional cultures of Bharuch District.
The Golden Bridge
Constructed in the year 1881, the Golden Bridge was built by the British with an aim to facilitate trade to Mumbai. The bridge was created across Narmada River, with the aide of rust-resistant iron. This kind of iron, during that point of time was much more exorbitantly priced as compared to current-day steel. This imparted the name of 'Golden Bridge' to this bridge which connects Ankleshwar and Bharuch.
Fort in Bharuch District
There also exists an ancient fort which has been built about 1000 years ago by Siddhraj Jaisinh which is located at the summit of a hill which overlooks the river Narmada. The fort shelters a church, the Victoria Clock Tower, the Old Dutch factory, Civil Courts, Collector's Office and some other buildings. At a distance of about 3 km from the fort, there exist some ancient Dutch tombs.
Other Tourism Centres of Bharuch District
Dasaswamedh Ghat, Doodheshwar Madhavev Temple, Dwarkadhish Temple, Bahuchara Mata Temple, Dattatreya Temple, Bhid Bhanjan Hanuman Temple, Bhrigvishwar Mahadev Temple, Gyaneshwar Hanuman Temple, Eidgah, Jama Masjid and Khodiyar Mata Temple are amongst the interesting tourism spots of Bharuch district. The 'Meghraj Festival' is another important feature of this district, which is celebrated in the month of 'Shravan'.
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