Jamnagar was once a fortified town enclosed within walls and the rulers contributed significantly to the heritage of the place. Today, the city stands dotted by a number of monuments built during the ancient era. The architecture of Jamnagar, being a blend of Rajput and European styles, is awe inspiring. There are also a number of temples in Jamnagar, which are the main attraction for the people coming on sightseeing tours. The royal buildings in the city are eye catchy and are liked by one and all. A tour of the Jamnagar city is definitely a splendid experience.
Dwarka city is located in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat. It is one of the most ancient cities in India and houses the famous Dwarkadhish temple, which is one of the biggest Hindu pilgrimage places in India. The city was also called Swarna Dwarka (golden Dwarka) because of its prosperity.
Bala Hanuman Temple
Bala Hanuman Temple is a pilgrim place venerated by the devotees of Lord Ram. It is a world famous temple, known for the continuous chanting of Jai Ram, Shri Ram. The chanting is going on since 1964 and has found a place for it in the Guinness Book of World Records. People chant the name of the Lord in shifts, 24 hours a day.
There are a number of Shiv Temples in Jamnagar. The ones worth watching are Badri Kedarnath and Nilkanth Mahadev Temple, situated near the Town Hal,l and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, situated on the K.V. Road. The Siddhnath Mahadev Temple on the outskirts of the city also holds great prestige amongst devotees.
Jain temples are the joy of the old city of Jamnagar. These wood and stone magnificent buildings are adorned with pastel colored shutters and wooden balconies. The main Jain temples of the city have been mentioned below.
- Vardhman Shah’s Temple
- The construction of the temple was started in 1612, during the rule of His Highness Jam Jasaji I, and completed in the year 1620.
- Raisi Shah’s Temple
- Tejsi Shah built this Jain temple in 1564. It was ruined by Mughal army in 1590 and inn 1592, Tejsi Shah got these temples renovated.
- Sheth’s Temple
- Sheth’s Temple was built in the year 1594 by Bhansali Abji.
- Vasupujya Swami’s Temple
- Vasupujya Swami’s Temple is said to be built by Aaskaran Shah in the 17th century.
Towers and Gates
The only remains left of the fortified town of Jamnagar are the two towers of Mandvi & Pancheshwar and the Khambhalia & Grain Market Gate. Apart from this, there is some part of the wall surrounding the city which can be still seen. It was built in the 17th century by Wazir Meraman Khawas, also known as Meru Khawas. He is said to be a very powerful dictator, who ruled over Jamnagar between 1744 and 1800 AD.
Solarium is a one of its kind structure in entire Asia. It is also known as Ranjit Institute of Poly-Radio Therapy and is mainly known for the treatment of skin diseases. It is a revolving tower which provides full daylong sunlight for the treatment. It was built by Jam Shri Ranjitsinhji with the help of an expert from France.
Darbargadh was the original residence of the Royal family of the Jams. The architecture of the Palaces is a blend of Rajput and European styles. One needs to seek permission for visiting the royal palaces. Apart from the Palaces, Jam Ranjitsinhji patronized two important urban design projects in front of the Darbargadh, namely Wellingdon Crescent and Chelmsford Market. It is a two storey arcade with semi-circular arches, decorative pilasters and balusters on the parapet. The statue of Jam Saheb stands in the center of the structure and the royal emblem of the Jam saheb crowns the crescent.
Lakhota Museum is located in the center of the Lakhota Lake. It was initially a palace, which was converted into a museum in 1946. The walls of the museum are adorned with fresco paintings, depicting the war scenes from battle fought by the Jadeja clan. The museum contains 10th century excavated artifacts, like copper plates, statues, etc. A holy saint’s Dargah is also there. You can also enjoy boating at Lakhota Lake for memorable experience. Both motor boats and paddle boats are available here.