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"Medieval Capital of Kutch"

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Anjar is a town and municipality in Kutch District, Gujarat. With over 1,400 years of history, it is known as the oldest town in Kutch. Anjar is famous for its cuisine, its known for the gher and dabeli. It has also been a centre for trade and commerce in Kutch for eons, being a target of invasion in medieval times and during the British colonisation.

There are many ancient temples & shrines in Anjar including the Madhavrai Temple, Mohanrai Temple and Amba Mata's Shrine, the most famous of them all being the Jesal Toral Samadhi

The desert climate in this region is prone to witness earthquakes which has left many ruins in the city through the centuries. The town is also witness to earthquakes that have left the city with many ruins through the centuries. The 2001 Kutch earthquake caused the loss of more than 1,500 Anjari lives and the destruction of 1,350 homes. The town has tales to tell. 

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1. Jesal Toral Samadhi

Jesal Toral Samadhi
The Jesal Toral Samadhi is found in Anjar, Kutch, Gujarat. It is the resting place of a noble, errant man Jesal and his divine love, Turi. This samadhi-temple is a small, tiled shed with Islamic patte (Read More)rns, sacred to Jesar.

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History of Anjar

It is believed that Ajepal the Warrior, the brother of the King of Ajmer, led a group of early settlers to Anjar in 650 AD. Soon, the settlement flourished and a centre for trade and commerce was born. Ajepal began developing a paternal role for this settlement and slowly grew to be the defender of the town. He is worshipped as a saint here and a temple has been dedicated to him at the outskirts of Anjar.

It was ruled by various clans including the Chaulukyas, eventually being in control of the Jadeja rulers, who declared Anjar as the capital of Kutch in 1545.

In the 1700s, the Sonara dynasty took over the region, establishing the Tuna harbour.

In 1815, the British East India Company began controlling the region but, to their disappointment, the earthquake of 1819 caused irreparable damage to the town bringing the population to a mere 10,000. After this, the British gave the Jadeja rulers the power to manage the region for an annual fee agreed upon.

Culture of Anjar

Anjar has experienced alot over the centuries and the culture of Anjar speaks for itself. There was a time where those similar lived in clans separated by wards. Each ward was locally known as a 'fariya'. Having matured through human differences, the town is now accepting and amicable. Most of the locals are of diverse faiths - Hindu, Jain or Muslim.

Economy of Anjar

Anjar has been a centre of trade and commerce for centuries, including having been declared the capital of the Kingdom of Kutch in 1545. Modern day Anjar has strong trade links with Adipur, Nhuj, Gandhidham and Kandla in Gujarat. The Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) estate is also located here. Handicrafts, metal crafts and local embroidery and garments are Anjar's specialty. Metal crafts, specially swords and knives, also have an export market.

Food of Anjar

The cuisine of Anjar is an amalgam of both exclusivity and tradition. Anjar has also been the origin for some of the most-loved North Indian street food such as Dabeli, Kutchi Pakwan, Peda, Kutchi Khaja and Farsan. The city also has a line of excellent restaurants serving local, Indian and international food.

Much of Gujarat's culinary also has a tinge of Rajasthani flavours with regard to its presentation and taste. However, food in Gujarat, much like Rajasthan, is vastly vegetarian with homemade khichdi; a mixture of rice, lentils and beans, buttermilk and pickle being the staple of the state.

Gujarat also stands out for its touch of sweetness across many of the region's regular stream of street food and snacks such as Khakhra, Thepla, Fafda and the famous Farsan. 

Places of Interest in Anjar

If in Anjar, do visit the famous Jesal Toral Samadhi and the MacMurdo bungalow. The bungalow is a state protected monument due to his wall paintings of Lords Ram and Krishna.

Temples & Shrines: There are many ancient temples & shrines in Anjar including the Madhavrai Temple, Mohanrai Temple and Amba Mata's Shrine. Fragments from older temples can clearly be seen placed or reincorporated into the renovations over the years. There is a monastery here that belongs to the Atits of Ajepal, the warrior who founded Anjar. There are newer temples such as the Kalya Mahadev's temple, Trimandir and Hanumanji Mandir as well.

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