Koteshwar Temple in Kutch
A pilgrimage to the Koteshwar Temple will enable the devout to see one of the syambhu Linga, set atop the hillock surrounded by the sea
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About Koteshwar Temple in Kutch
Surrounded by the sea…
Koteshwar is tiny village set in the west Kutch. In the village on the banks of the Kori Creek is the famous Koteshwar Mahadev temple. When the high tide comes in the temple, it gets cut off from the mainland. But with the roads being developed in the region, the temple is now accessible all through the year.
.. set on a hillock.
The temple is set upon a sandstone hillock and fortified against the sea by a wall. The inscription at the entrance bears the year of construction, 1820, and the Sethjis who constructed it, Sundarji and Jetha Shivji. Set in a big courtyard fortified by a battle wall and three ancient cannons, stands a stone structure dedicated to Mahadev. The temple has three domes, and houses a carved brass Nandi presented by the Rao Deshalji I of Kutch State. The shrine also has images of Lords Ganapati and Hanuman and the image of Parvati. The temple has a ‘self-born’ Linga (svayambhu linga) which is considered the incarnation of Mahadev. There are some nails on the linga believed to have been driven in by Allaudin Khilji in the thirteenth century.
Designs altered over time
The temple has seen several renovations over the years, which have left the original structure and design altered considerably. There are several other temples in the area surrounding the Koteshwar Mahadev.
A little distance away is the Narayan Sarovar, which is said to be filled by the Mythical River Saraswati, and is one of the blessed lake according to Hindu Mythology. There is a temple complex around the sarovar, devoted to Lord Vishnu.
When the Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsiang passed through the region, he mentioned the Koteshwar port and the temple in his travel diaries.
There are several legends associated with the temple. One of them states that Ravana, after a long meditation, was granted a boon by Lord Shiva. He was given a Shiva linga with immense spiritual power. But the other gods, not wanting to let Ravana grow all powerful, conspired and stole the Linga and installed it in Koteshwar. This is known as the Kotilingeshwar temple too.
This spot were the temple is built is also presumed to be the place where Lord Shiva, during his journey of the earth, stopped for mediation on his way to Kedarnath.
Legend also has it that The Koteshwar Shiva is said to be the Shiva avatar Bhairava of the Hinglaj Mata, whose temple is in Hinglaj, of Lasbela district in Balochistan of Pakistan. It is said that visiting both the temples gives the pilgrims ultimate blessings.
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Koteshwar Temple in Kutch
Surrounded by the sea…
Koteshwar is tiny village set in the west Kutch. In the village on the banks of the Kori Creek is the famous Koteshwar Mahadev temple. When the high tide comes in the temple, it gets cut off from the mainland. But with the roads being developed in the region, the temple is now accessible all through ...
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Somyagupta's 4 days trip to KutchThe driver of the trip was very rude .With elderlies ans senior citizen on board and he did not cooperate at all.He used to drop at far off places especially in Somnath where other cab drivers were dropping the passengers at the nearby point but our driver stopped the cab at city parking point. Similar behaviour was observed at other places as well. He refused to stop the car when there was a need for natures call to a kid.
Rohit's 7 days trip to KutchWe booked a trip to Gujarat (Ahmadabad, Dwarka, Somnath, Diu and Gir) through Aarti tour and travels during the Christmas season. The driver, Mr Pancholi was very polite and courteous for most of the trip and the hotels except for the first night were very cosy and comfortable. The driver also guided us throughout the locations. The agents service was prompt and when we raised the issue that our first night at the hotel wasn't very comfortable, he made sure that we were given better rooms on our return leg stay. Would recommend Daksh at Gir for stay and Krishna Beach resort in Diu. In all a very decent trip at a competitive pricing.
Mayank's 5 days trip to KutchHello Travel Triangle and Diu Holidays, I would like to thank you on behalf of my family for arranging the Gujarat Trip. We all had a good time, and we enjoyed the trip. Wanted to share few feedbacks: 1. All the hotels were good except the one in Somnath (The Heritage). Hotel had some foul smell (sever like), and smell was intolerable in one of the room. Breakfast also was not that great. 2. Irshad (Driver) was good, well behaved, and friendly. But faced problem with car as it broke down couple of times. Once in Somnath, and the second time Just before reaching back Ahemdabad Airport. We were fortunate that car didn't break down at some isolated place. 3. Also, in your iterinary if you can recommend some good restaurants and mention some local delicacies it will be an add-on to your services. Overall it was a good trip, and we came back with some great memories of Gujarat. If someone asks me I'll definitely refer Diu Holidays.
Ashwini's 9 days trip to KutchOur experience with the Agent was not so good by the end of the trip. Initially she was good, friendly and helped us. But in the later part of the trip they did not provide information for Jeep Safari advance booking, could not see the Statue of Unity properly, the tickets were almost sold by the time we reached. Statue of Unity closes at 6:00 PM and driver took us there at 4:00 PM. The Agent was rude when asked about the Safari or the Statue of Unity Tickets
Sugandha's 5 days trip to KutchFor most of the people in our group, it was a first experience with Diu Holidays and Travel Triangle, and we definitely are very happy with it. Some of the points we would like to mention - - We were able to customize the itinerary (before booking). - We will definitely recommend the driver and the cab we had. His behavior, communication, even recommendation for local food were very well. And he was very considerate too. At the end of the trip, we had a bus to catch. He waited till the time we were all settled in the bus, and only then left. Throughout the trip too, he was always on time, and was very cooperative. - The places we visited, Mandavi, Kutch, and Bhuj are absolutely beautiful. It's perfect for family trips too. People are courteous and friendly and as we were an only-girls group, we especially noted that it's a very safe place too. - Every place in Kutch has its own charm, but the Huts deserve a special mention. Definitely spend at least one night in the huts if you visit Kutch. The people managing these are the most hospitable, and the cleanliness there will surprise you. Thanks for the amazing trip! :)
Vaibhav's 7 days trip to KutchThis trip to Gujarat is one of the best trips we've has so far!! All thanks to these guys. :-) Right from Services of Travel Agent to the cab services and the hospitality received in the hotels, everything was commendable. Gir Safari, Nagoa Beach, Darshan at Somnath, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and Dwarkadheeah Temple, Beyt Dwarka, Palaces, Rann Utsav of Kutchh.
Bhim's 7 days trip to KutchOverall experience was really great, everything was as per the expectation and as told by agent. In 7 days journey we did not face any issue and enjoyed everything throughly. Our driver Laxman Ji assisted us a lot, he was very helpful suggesting site scenes and took vehicle where ever we asked for. Great experience with TravelTriangle and Diu Holidays.
Arun's 6 days trip to KutchThe trip was planned 2 months ahead, the driver provided had very less knowledge of the places and he used google maps to commute to places. He was not instructed to go as per itinerary, he was taking us whichever place he knew. The timing of leaving from one place to another was not communicated, we had to inquire the hotel or the local people or the other cab drivers and then decide the onward travel. After complaining about this to the driver, he got offended and purposefully missed few places saying there is nothing there., for eg., we did not reach on time for the kuchch utsav where we had planned for sunset and shopping, because of which he started to blame us we had left late from the hotel. The driver later next day apologized, that was too late... Post the counselling from his owner he behaved properly and took us to all the places as per the itinerary, apart from this he was a very slow driver, from Ahmedabad to Bhuj he took 9 hrs including lunch break. The hotels which they booked were really good, especially the one in Kuchch(Hodka Zeel Resort), we had asked the hotel guy to prepare for us breakfast by 7am, and hot water by 5am, without hesitating he agreed and gave us a very good breakfast. One bad experience we faced was in Diu (Rainbow Resort), the staff was worst than ever, we had booked 2 rooms + extra bed, the people at the reception we not ready to give us extra bed, they were telling that we need to pay then extra bed would be given, later after contacting Amin (our tour co-ordinator) we got the extra bed, later in the evening when we tried to take bath in hot water after playing in the beach, there was no hot water coming from the tap, we were asked to wait for 10 mins, even after 2 hrs we did not get water, had to waste 4 buckets of water, then we were told will get water in the morning. So, we waited in the morning and still we did not get hot water, after complaining to the reception the guy was so adamant to listen to us, and even not ready to change the room. Later by 10am after lot of complaints and phone call we finally got alternate room for taking bath, we had already wasted 3 hrs of our travel time to Gir. Apart from these bad experience the trip was totally good and enjoyed a lot with my family and extended family. My request to Diu Holidays is please try to provide proper drivers who are knowledgeable and who knows the location very well. Since, my Aunt had taken the same itinerary and had traveled before us, they had got a very good driver who instructed and took to most of the places.
Priyanka's 7 days trip to KutchCan n driver was very good. Driver was very informative. Hotel at Bhuj is average. Overall trip was good
Shubha's 5 days trip to KutchWe had a nice trip to Gujarat during December time. We liked all the arranged services from Aarti Holidays. I am not able to provide the feedback via the link shared by you as it is showing 404 page not found error. So writing in email. Arranged Hotels for Stay were good. Good Driver was provided. Only thing we felt was planning the travel time would have be done better. When we requested for plan, they could have optimized the travel time with in the Gujarat and they could have suggested instead of returning from Ahmadabad again we could have returned from Diu itself as there is a airport. That way we could have saved a day travel back to Ahmadabad again. Otherwise all services were good. Thanks to you and Aarti Holidays for making our trip memorable.
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Gujarat is renowned for being a dry state, meaning alcohol is banned in the state. It is not advised for travellers to purchase liquor illegally in Gujarat. However, there are some designated high-end hotels that sell alcohol to permit holders. A permit can be acquired from the officials by showing a valid identity proof. Non-Indians can also purchase a 30-day permit to buy alcohol in Gujarat.
Navaratri, Rann Utsav, and Uttarayan (kite festival) are famous festivals in Gujarat. The Bhavnath Fair in Junagadh, Vautha Fair in Vautha, Shamlaji Mela near Himmatnagar, and Dang Darbar in Ahwa are popular fairs to visit in Gujarat.
Ahmedabad is considered one of the safest city in India, especially for solo travellers. The Gujaratis are very warm and welcoming people. However, it is best to take care of yourself like in any other place during travel and keep your luggage safe at all times.
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