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VISIT TO ZAND - 26-01-2008

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ZAND is a village in the forests of the Panchmahals District of Gujarat.
There is a well-known, ancient Hanuman Temple at Zand.
It is believed that during their exile for twelve years after the Dyut Kreedaa (the dice game, which the Pandavas lost to the Kauravas), the Pandavas had stayed in these forests and that Shree Krishna had come to see them during their stay here.
We visited Zand on the 26th of January, 2008 – Republic Day.
The view of the Forest outside the car window was so beautiful that I could not resist the temptation to capture snaps of the passing hills, fields, villages, schools – celebrating the Republic Day, homes …. in my mobile camera.
Here are those snaps …. Taken while going and coming back – from the car, during the journey as well as at Zand, along with glimpses of thoughts they provoked ....

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VISIT TO ZAND - 26-01-2008

  1. 1. VISIT TO ZAND ON 26th JAN., 2008 -VANITA THAKKAR “DEVASHISH”, 317, SAHAKARNAGAR, NEW SAMA ROAD, VADODARA – 390 024 Web-site : www.omkaar.com
  2. 2. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 2 ZAND – the Village ZAND is a village in the forests of the Panchmahals District of Gujarat. There is a well- known, ancient Hanuman Temple at Zand.
  3. 3. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 3 ZAND – The Tapovan It is believed that during their exile for twelve years after the Dyut Kreedaa (the dice game, which the Pandavas lost to the Kauravas), the Pandavas had stayed in these forests and that Shree Krishna had come to see them during their stay here.
  4. 4. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 4 VISIT TO ZAND We visited Zand on the 26th of January, 2008 – Republic Day. The view of the Forest outside the car window was so beautiful that I could not resist the temptation to capture snaps of the passing hills, fields, villages, schools – celebrating the Republic Day, homes …. in my mobile camera. Here are those snaps …. Taken while going and coming back – from the car, during the journey as well as at Zand ….
  5. 5. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 5 The Beautiful, distant hill ….
  6. 6. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 6 The Trees in Autumn …. : Do they shed leaves or sorrows ?!!
  7. 7. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 7 The Corn Fields ….
  8. 8. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 8 Reminded me of : “Friendship is a green hill by the side of life’s dusty road ….”
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  11. 11. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 11 The beautiful orange bloom peeping from drying leaves ….
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  13. 13. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 13 These beautiful orange flowers are called “Mahudo” in Gujarati ….
  14. 14. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 14 Thorny Beauty ….
  15. 15. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 15 Like clouds and constellations, trees also grow in strange shapes – sometimes catchy, lovely shapes ….
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  19. 19. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 19 I came to know that these trees are called – Khaakharo – the leaves of which were used to make disposable dishes / bowls earlier, before plastic entered the scene ….
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  21. 21. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 21 Standing tall and majestic : Palm Tree ….
  22. 22. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 22 Village school celebrating Republic Day ….
  23. 23. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 23 Wild and Beautiful …. : A plant called “Akado” in Gujarati, believed to be dear to Hanumanjee
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  28. 28. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 28 We arrived at Zand ….
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  33. 33. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 33 Towards the woods surrounding the temple ….
  34. 34. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 34 In the woods surrounding the Zand Temple ….
  35. 35. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 35 In the woods surrounding the Zand Temple ….
  36. 36. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 36 In the woods surrounding the Zand Temple …. Pappa, Mummy and Galalbhai
  37. 37. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 37 In the woods surrounding the Zand Temple ….
  38. 38. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 38 In the woods surrounding the Zand Temple ….
  39. 39. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 39 In the woods surrounding the Zand Temple ….
  40. 40. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 40 With mummy ….
  41. 41. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 41 Bheema nee Ghanti (meaning Bheema’s Chakki) – It is said that this pair of hand grinding wheels – Chakki – was used by the mighty Bheema ….
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  43. 43. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 43 Arjuna’s Magic : It is said that this is the well created as a result of Arjuna’s Arrow forcing the underground water up, for Draupadi to drink water ….
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  48. 48. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 48 Wild Strength of roots ….
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  52. 52. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 52 On the way back ….
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  54. 54. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 54 A Kali Temple being constructed at the entrance of Zand ….
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  57. 57. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 57 More such wind mills are required ….
  58. 58. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 58 Cotton fields …..
  59. 59. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 59 Sweet slumber – cool afternoon nap ….
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  66. 66. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 66 Eco-friendly (Green) House …. It is a way of life here, not fashion …. We are going back to them …. We need to ….
  67. 67. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 67 Happy Republic Day !!
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  69. 69. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 69 These beautiful orange flowers – Mahuda – are used for making wine …. Man has amazing ability of turning the beautiful into harmful ….
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  76. 76. 26TH JAN., 2008 "VISIT TO ZAND" - VANITA THAKKAR 76 THANKS !!!! - VANITA THAKKAR “DEVASHISH”, 317, SAHAKARNAGAR, NEW SAMA ROAD, VADODARA – 390 024 Web-site : www.omkaar.com

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