Showing posts with label Gujarat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gujarat. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Is The Ancient City Of Lothal In India?

 


Lothal is an ancient city and archeological site in the current state of Gujarat, near the Gulf of Cambay.

Between the fourth and third millennia B.C.E., Lothal was one of the towns of the Indus Valley civilization, a highly developed urban culture that thrived in the Indus Valley area.

Lothal was a harbor city, albeit the current location is considerably inland due to silting.

The harbor's size indicates that it was a significant port.

Archaeological evidence reveals that Lothal flourished for about 500 years after Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, the Indus Valley civilization's two major towns, fell into decline.


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Hinduism - Where Is Gujarat In India?


Modern Indian state on the Arabian Sea, near the Pakistani border.

Gujarat is one of the so-called linguistic republics that arose after India's independence to bring together government officials via a shared language and culture (in this case, Gujarati).

It was created in 1960 when Bombay was divided into the current states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Gujarat's proximity to the sea has given the region a long history as a commercial hub, dating back to the Indus Valley civilization's port of Lothal, one of the oldest and most complex urban societies.

Gujaratis account for the majority of Indians who have moved to Kenya, Uganda, and other regions of East Africa; Gujaratis have also traveled in large numbers to the United Kingdom and the United States, particularly New York City.

The state of Gujarat is also known for being the birthplace of Mohandas Gandhi.

During most of the war for independence, he lived at the Sabarmati Ashram near Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

Gujarat is also known for several prominent holy places, including Dwaraka, the mythical capital of Krishna and the site of the Dashanami Sanyasis religious community's Sharada math; Somnath, one of the twelve sites where Shiva, in his first manifestation as the jyotirlinga, came to earth; and Girnar, a popular ascetic retreat.

Christine Nivin et al., India. 8th ed., Lonely Planet, 1998, is an accessible resource for general information on Gujarat and all of India's provinces.

 


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