What is the history and culture of Jamnagar?
Posted on Dec 18, 2013 by sushma.yadav
The history of Jamnagar goes back to the 1540 AD, almost 470 years ago. All those of you who are fond of history would surely find the history of Jamnagar very interesting. The son of a ruler from the Kutch area, Ram Javal founded the Jamnagar as the capital city of the Nawanagar. Going by the folk tales it is believed that Rama Javal visited Jamnagar, while he was on a hunting trip when he notice a hare fighting with hunting dogs, and that’s when he liked the place a lot. He was amazed to see the spirit of the hare who was fighting for his life against the hunting dogs. That is when he decided to make Jamnagar as his capital, as he felt the bravest of all resided in this city. The foundation point of this city is at the meeting point of two rivers - Rangmati and Nagmati, and thus the city was known for being home to ‘jams’.
In the year 1920, Maharaja Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji developed the city of Jamnagar. Since then Jamnagar has evolved as a tourist destination and also as one of the critical commercial cities in the state of Gujarat.
From a religious perspective the well known”Dwarka” city is believed to be the capital of Jamnagar at one point in time. Jamnagar is a very rich city as far as culture is concerned. People are very fond of celebrating festivals like Holi, Diwali, Id, Dusherra, Navratri are some of the prominent festivals celebrated here with a lot of pomp and show besides the other smaller ones. With the establishment of the Reliance Oil Refinery in Jamnagar is grown by leaps and bounds. The people has quite culture oriented and as the same time they have the modern values of today’s modern times.