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Madhavpur Ghed

Madhavpur Ghed
Madhavpur Ghed
Madhavpur Ghed
Location in Gujarat, India

Coordinates: 21°17′57″N 70°01′31″E / 21.299291°N 70.025139°E / 21.299291; 70.025139Coordinates: 21°17′57″N 70°01′31″E / 21.299291°N 70.025139°E / 21.299291; 70.025139

Country  India
State Gujarat
Region Saurashtra (region)
District Porbandar
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Nearest city Porbandar

Madhavpur (Ghed) is a small but culturally significant village in state of Gujarat, India. It lies on the seashore, close to Porbandar.

According to folklore, Krishna married Rukmini at Madhavpur after first kidnapping her. This event is memorialised with a temple dedicated to lord Madhavrai and by an annual fair held in the village.[1]

Madhavpur also has one of the meditation centers of Osho.

Madhavrai Temple

Madhavpur is the site for a 15th centuary temple of Madhavraiji who is a form of Lord Krishna. The original temple has been badly damaged by attacks by Muslim invaders, however a ruined structure is still present and gives idea of original undamaged temple. A newly constructed temple is used for worship now adjacent to the old one. [2]

Annual Fair

Every year, for five days from day of Ram Navmi, a cultural fair is organized mainly on the background of religious belief of Krishna getting married to Rukmani.

A colorful chariot is decorated and idol of Krishna is placed in the chariot and a procession proceeds through the village as a part of celebrating the event of Krishna's marriage.

Village people throws colors at each other as part of celebration and also involves joyful dancing.

Vallabhacharya Bethak

Madhavpur is also culturally significant due to one of the seats of Shri Vallabhacharya who is founder of one of six major schools of hinduism

The seat, called as Bethak or more respectably, Bethakji is one of the 84 Seats of vallabhacharya


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