Mahuva, an oasis in Gujarat

Mahuva is a small town by the Gulf of Khambhat, 95km from Bhavnagar. It is appreciated for its mild climate and lush vegetation in an otherwise semi-arid region. It’s off the beaten track and the perfect place for those is quest of intriguing little temples, unspoilt countryside and traditional rural life.

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Mahuva looks like Kerala 🙂

Beach and Shiva-Lingam of Pingleshwar ****


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Pingleshwar lingam is submerged when high tide

Pingleshwar is a small seaside village near Mahuva, reached from there by way of winding lanes.

It is known for the very old Shiva lingam built on a platform in the sea and only visible in the morning at low tide, when it can be reached along a slippery paved path.

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Rabari pilgrims visiting the lingam

The beach – with golden sand and volcanic rocks – is a delight. A saddhu (ascetic) called Gokul Giri lives there under a huge banyan tree. It’s a magnificent place.

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Gokul Giri, the Saddhu living by the temple of Pingleshwar

Gangajaliya Dada – Bhadrod**


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Gangajaliya Dada is a lovely small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located near Mahuva Bhadrod.


Bhavani Mata Temple & beach**


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Bhavani Mata temple


By the sea between Katpar and Nikol stands an old temple to Bhavani Mata, which attracts lots of pilgrims. This is said to be the place Krishna fled to with Rukmani.

Bhavani idol

Bhutnath Mahadev – Vadli**


Bhoothnath Mahadev is another temple dedicated to Shiva in the village of Vadli where you are kindly invited for a chai tea by priest of the temple.


2 Comments on “Mahuva, an oasis in Gujarat”

  1. Namste Mathini ji…i am from Bhavnagar Gujarat and i am feel very happy and proud that you are explore india and indian culture to the whole world…as an indian i am thankfull.. i wishes you best luck for future..

    • Namaskar Jalpesh, thank you so much for your nice message. I indeed aimed to share the incredible culture of India so that people see what is real India beyond the usual clichés.

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