Jamnagar – A Jewel of Gujarat

by Shatika, February 27, 2016

Jewel of Kathiawar, Jamnagar is on the coast of Gulf of Kutch in the state of Gujarat, India. A delectable blend of Nature and manmade wonders, it is a treasure trove of  Islands & Beaches, Hills, Temples, Palaces, Forest, Bird & Marine Sanctuaries.


History : The founder of the princely state of Jamnagar was the Great Jam Rawal, who descended on the northern coast of  Kathiawar in 1535 A.D. If historic chronicles are to be believed then Jam Lakhaji, father of Jam Rawal who ruled in Terabanu in Kutch had two cousins Tamachi Deda and Hamirji Jadeja who envied his reputation for valor.  Their envy was heightened by the fame of Jam Lakhaji at the siege of Pawagadh. So largely did he contribute to its capture by Bahadurshah, the Emperor of Gujarat, that he was bestowed 12 villages by him. As Jam Lakaji was going to take possession of his new fief, he was treacherously killed by his cousins Tamachi Deda and Hamirji Jadeja. Jam Lakhajis son Jam Rawal escaped and on growing up, took vengeance by killing the guilty Hamirji in the same manner.


Hamirjis two sons Khengarji and Sahibji fled to Delhi and after twelve months of waiting to meet the Great Moghul Emperor Humayun, they got the chance to join the crowd going along with the Emperor for lion hunting.


During the lion hunt, they got the chance to kill the lion just when it was going to attack the Emperor.  As a reward, an army of 1,00,000 was sent with them to regain back their kingdom.


When Jam Rawal heard of the two princes coming back to the Kutch with the imperial army, he started getting ready for the battle. On one night, Goddess Ashapura came in his dream and told him that as he had broken the oath taken in her name for not killing Hamirji, inspite of the fact that he killed his father, he deserved to be punished but as he had at all other times honored her, she would let him go but with a promise that he will no longer dwell in Kutch but cross the sea and take Kathiawar as his dwelling place.


Upon awakening he called his counselors and discussed the dream, they agreed that he must leave Kutch and found for himself a Kingdom across the Gulf. So Jam Rawal along with his soldiers and many traders marched out. Thus Jam Rawal made himself master of a great territory and the need for a capital arose.


The story goes that once on a hunting trip on the land of present day Jamnagar, a hare was found to be brave enough to turn on the hunting dogs and putting them to flight. Deeply impressed by this, Jam Rawal decided to build his capital on this land thinking that if the land could breed such hare then it would definitely bore men who are fearless and superior to the rest of the human race.
He consulted his astrologers and wise men, and the day chosen for laying the foundation stone was the 7th day of the bright half of the month of srawan, VS 1956. (August 1540 AD) on the banks of two rivers Rangmati and Nagmati and named it Nawanagar meaning new town.Which eventually came to be known as Jamnagar meaning the town of the Jams.


As popular is its history, so is its geography. It is the first in many areas: A place that hosts the only Marine sanctuary in India; the ‘Brass city’ since it houses more than 15000 large and small scale brass manufacturing workshops; ‘World’s oil city’, it houses world’s biggest oil refinery; Hosts an all-weather sea port and also supports all three wings of defense..

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