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RAVECHI
            Shree Ravechi Dham Temple welcomes you to the holy place of the Place Of Ravechi Dham Ta. Rapar Vagad Kutch and the sacred soil where from Bhagvan Shri Ravechi Mataji took his last journey to his neejdham. The temple is built at the shore of the Rav Village on the Western corner of Indian subcontinent. This pilgrimage is one of the oldest and find its reference in the ancient texts like Other Inkarmation Of Godesst Maa Ashapura Desh Devi Of Kutch.
            A temple of Goddess Ravechi Mata, a confined goddess, is on the bank of a large and beautiful pond in Rav. This temple was built in 1821. It is almost 54 feets high. It is said that this temple was built by the Pandavas and was destroyed by the troops of one of the Babies chiefs. In the current monument with five other images, there is a great Svayambhu or self-born statue of Ravechi Mata.Opposite Svayambhu, there is Naklank or the horse embodiment standing on three legs on a pillar. Akhand Jyoti Dipika is on one side of the temple. Akhand Jyoti Dipika is a lamp which is always burning. Besides the main temple, there is a holy place of Bhairav. Goddess Ravechi is extremely loved by the people of Vagad. A memorial stone with a message dated 1271 is at the corner of the square wall. A colorful fair is held in Ravechi Temple every year on Bhadarva Sud  (September).
            Ravechi Temple is also known for its ‘Gaushala’ where about 2500 cows are taken care.  Revelers at the Ravechi Fair make it a point to visit the  Ravechi Mata temple, which is the main attraction of the fair. The temple is located in the Rav village of Gujarat. On the days of the fair, the temple and its presiding are beautifully decorated, thus creating a joyous and festive ambience. In this fair more than thirty thousands devotees and visitors visit the place and participate in the fair. The fair's attraction lies in the multi-colored stalls, which are the best places to buy and spot the local handicrafts. The home made clothes, hand made fabrics, mirror works, embroidery and lace works are fine specimens of local handi works of the womenfolk of Gujarat. The Ravechi fair of Gujarat is the perfect place for people from different cultures to unite. People from the communities like Ahir, Rabri and Charan take active part in the fair.
             About 50,000  people gather , mostly from the Charan, Ahir and Rabari communities, to bestow offerings to Ravechi Mata. During this celebration, newlywed couples of the Ahir community come cald in their traditional wedding finery to ask for blessings. In the evenings, the charan bards narrate folk stories and perform folk This fair is held at Nani Rav, on Bhadrapad Sud 8. It is attended by thousands of people- Rabari,Koli, Kanabi-Patel & Ahirs. The Pandavas built the original temple of Ravechi mata. Ravechi mata is none other than the local Goddess Ashapurji of Kutch- who is the form of Hindu Goddess- Parvati. Her other forms have also been installed in the temple Overnight in Ravechi During my visit to the “Ravechi fair in the laps of Kutch, Gujarat” in the month of September 2014, I was particularly fascinated by the three different tribes I met for the first time - Ahir, Charan and Rabaari. The beautiful hand-crafted attire which was different from each other was truly a feast for the eye apart from the various other differences – their professions, cultures, customs and beliefs etc. People poured in huge numbers, not only to take part in the festivities and pay homage to the deity – “Ravechi Nu Ma”, but also this was the place that their skills were getting exhibited and trades were taking place. One could see different varieties of food items and several handcrafted items on sale, apart from various games which the children
            The interactions between people in that fair were truly amazing. They were very warm in their conversations even though languages were different at times. I was touched by the extent to which they smiled and posed for me when I wanted to take pictures, the way they tried to explain their customs or about their beautifully hand-made attires with a limited knowledge of a common language. But they made all efforts to make sure I understood everything they wanted to communicate to me in detail. “Respect for People” was truly demonstrated in many ways. A foreign visitor sneered, “…these people are dirty” – and yet when we ordered for tea, the lady washed and wiped the cups and saucers especially for us, so that we the city bred are comfortable.
            “Unity in Diversity” was clearly seen in the way every person appreciated the various handicrafts, art-work, and cuisines. Looking at all of them and feeling I am part of them as we all are from one country was a great feeling. The smiles were contagious – warm and friendly. As if we belonged here and now – we were not strangers. It felt like being part of the It is important to welcome all new members who join the organization feel comfortable right from day one. When you reflect on the statement, “It is important to treat others as you want to be treated” through the lens of diversity, you will begin to ask what does respect look like? Is it the same for all or do people view it differently? This will help us open our minds in directions we have never perhaps thought of.
            The Ravechi temple is situated in the Nana Raava Village in Rapar District of Gujarat in Kutch. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ravechi, which is situated on the Local pond of the Village. The temple is said to be built in year 1921. I saw that the temple was more than 52 feet high. The temple was built by the Pandavas.  The Image of the goddess of the temple is said to be self incarnating-that is, it came out of its own. I was also told by an elder man to see and worship the ever burning lamp. He told me that the lamp known as Akhand Jyot is a ‘diya’ which always keeps on burning Ladies are always attracted towards handicrafts, so while I was enjoying photography in the fair, they went towards the local market in the fair to buy the local handicrafts which is known as the famous Kutch handicrafts. They are available at cost efficient price and come in good quality. I looked around in the fair to buy something for myself and came upon some homemade clothes, Embroidery in form of Handkerchiefs, towel, and other cloth material. My mother was surprised at my decision to buy them, since I am not a shopping freak.  I also went to see the ‘Gaushala’, which houses more than 2500 cows and are taken care of. I saw the local dance of the people in mid-afternoon. The local people consisted of different communities
like Ahir, Charan, Rabaari and others. I and my cousin had a wonderful ride of camel after a long time. Horses were also no exception for us. The camels of Kutch are well known for their physical ability. We got the taste as we travelled in some part of the desert.
            During our lunch, we had the famous Kutch meal, which consisted of the local delicacies and the wonderful butter milk known as Chhaas in Gujarat. During evenings, we became witness to the wonderful setting sun and the various local dramas being performed in the fair. The people there are very helpful and innocent. They treat guests as messengers of  The Ravechi Fair of Gujarat is held in the month of 'Bhadra' according to the Hindu calendar. In English, the Ravechi Fair is held in September. It is attended by thousands of people- Rabari,Koli, Kanabi-Patel & Ahirs.
             The Ravechi temple is situated in the Nana Raava Village in Rapar District of Gujarat in Kutch. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ravechi, which is situated on the Local pond of the Village. The temple is said to be built in year 1921. The temple was more than 52 feet high. The original temple of Ravechi mata was built by the Pandavas. Ravechi mata is none other than the local Goddess Ashapurji of Kutch- who is the form of Hindu Go ddess- Parva ti. The Image of the goddess of the temple is said to be self incarnating-that is, it came out of its own.
             In the Ravechi Fair ground, numerous multi-colored stalls are temporarily installed which sells the local han dicrafts, homemade clothes, handmade fabrics, mirror works, embroidery and lace works and other fine specimens of local hand-works of the womenfolk of Gujarat. T he Ravechi Fair in Gujarat is a very special occasion for the locals where the local people meet their friends and dances with the rhythm of music. The Ravechi Fair of Gujarat is held every year in the same venue. The Ravechi fair of Gujarat is the perfect place for people from different cultures to unite. People from the communities like Ahir, Rabri and Charan take active part in the Ravechi fair.

HISTORY
Gujarat is the seat of various religious and cultural orbs. Gujarat, with her rich heritage, gives tourists the true essence of history and culture. Ravechi Fair is an important tourist attraction of Gujarat. This fairs of Gujarat being mainly religious, The Ravechi fair is no exception. The Ravechi fair is held near the Ravechi Mata temple. Thousands of devotees come and visit the place and that creates a wonderful and pious atmosphere.

WHERE
Bhachau is connected by Rail, Road and Air with all the major destinations Bhuj & Kandla is connected with Bhuj to Rail and Road facilities. Ravechi Dham is at a distance of Near About 200 km. from Bhuj. At present Jet Airway is operates passenger flight from Bhuj is connected by Rail, Road and Air with all the major destinations. Rapar is connected with Bhuj to Road facilities. Ravechi Dham is at a distance of 50 km. from Rapar. At present Jet Airwais operates passenger flight from Bombay to Bhuj every day accept Thursday. Ravechi Dham is connected with Bhuj by road (150 km approx).

WHEN
Ravechi Fair of Gujarat takes place at the end of Bhadra, a month in the local Hindu . This coincides with the month of September. Special buses are made available for the visitors during the fair and the festival.

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