Uperkot and Mahabat Maqbara: The antics of Junagadh

After an exhausting yet exciting day at Somnath, my next destination on the weekend trip was the old fort city of Junagadh. Junagadh, a small town in the foot of the Girnar hills, has an intriguing history spanning over two millenniums. The town has seen multiple change of regimes, some of them being laced with deceit and controversy before it was finally unified with India in yet another controversial move. Continue reading “Uperkot and Mahabat Maqbara: The antics of Junagadh”

Somnath: History, mythology and the 1st Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva

21st April, 2018; a fine dawn, I woke up for the nth time. I had been doing this for last 2 hours just to fall asleep each time. But this time before my eyelids could redo what they have been doing, I was hit with a strong pungent smell. As I looked around with dizzy eyes, everyone in the bus was struggling with the smell, either fanning their hands in front of their noses or covering it. I drew the curtains to look outside and saw factories lined up along the road. Continue reading “Somnath: History, mythology and the 1st Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva”