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Galteshwar Mahadev Mandir, is a prominent temple of Shiv also called as Mahadev, the ultimate God. This temple is built in the recent past and is a piece of architecture, art, sculpture, spirituality, meditation and religious importance.
Galteshwar is a village near by the outskirts of Surat. It is located around 15km from Kamrej, which is a major bus halt on the national highway between Mumbai-Vadodara, further going to Ahmedabad, Jaipur or Delhi. When you go from Kamrej towards Galteshwar, you will go through villages with lot of greenery, farming and simple living. The smell of the mud, sugarcane will make you soon recall what a beautiful countryside we have in India. Not so far from the fastest growing city, you will experience the beauty of nature and be close to mother Earth.
As wonderful and heartwarming the journey to Mahadev Mandir will be, once you reach the premises of the temple, you will realise another beautiful aspect of India, divinity, spirituality and magnificent impact on the lifes of India. You can see Mahadev (Shiv) from far glazing in blue and attracting you to be in close contact to the divinity. You can sense an auro of sacred place and instantly connect with the surrounding.
SHIV, IN MEDIDATION
This is one of the simplest of all the temples you may find. As the meditating Shiv, is deeply engrossed within himself, not disturbed by the constant hustle of the people who are only interested in taking selfies with him, never bothered about the importance of sitting quietly for once. As you will realise that the art has been dealt with precision and care. If you observe the Shiv, you will find that intricate details of meditation, being one with self and the sense of awakening being in that state for a long time, is very well projected out from magical blue and his presence is instantly felt.
To become one with Him and experience divinity, you don’t necessarily have to travel to the Mount Kailash, you can come to Galteshwar and keep your phone/camera aside. Just look at the magistic beauty of Shiv in meditation, listen to the musical resonance of the giant bell and take a dip in Tapi river only to feel clean within and happy about the entire experience. Walk home with a new sense of reawakening.
The Shiv is built over a man-made replica of Kailash parvat(hills), underneath with neatly crafted cave, takes you through a walk of replicas of Jyotirling in India. Jyotirling are the 12 prominent place of worship of Lord Shiv in India. This places of worship are spread across various states in India. Inside the cave, you will find the history of each place as well as the replica of Shiv Ling (the marvelous symbolic representation of Shiv). One particular Ling of Kailash Mansarovar (Amarnath) is very well replicated like you walk through the mountains of Himalayas and look at the Ling made from ice. All other replicas are also very well demonstrated.
Once you walk through the cave, you come out with a feeling of reaching various places in India. As you look behind you the tall structure of Shiv, gigantic and shining in every sense, you cannot stop feeling mesmerized by the divinity in himself. As it is located near Tapi River, you can see Sunrise and Sunset alongside this place. It adds to the experience of this temple.
As you walk around you will find a huge temple bell, which creates a resonating sound that lasts for around a minute, when you ring it. The resonance seems to wash off all your negativity and disturbance in your mind, if only you let that music reach your heart. There are other temples with some history around. You can visit each one of them.
DIP IN TAPI RIVER
Near by the bell, there is a walk way down towards the Tapi River for the devotees to take a bath in the river. However it seems to be closed for some renovation. Once open, this place is considered to be of equal importance as taking a bath in of the Triveni Sangam (meeting of rivers).
HOW TO REACH
This place is located in a village, a bit secluded from the city so you must plan your travel before hand. The best experience would be if you take personal vehicle or book a cab/auto for entire journey. Also preferably go with the sunlight times that is 8am-6pm. After sunset this place and the route becomes too dark, however roads are in good condition.
If you take bus till Kamrej BRTS, try to take an auto on the other side of Highway to the temple and return. It may cost you anywhere between 150-200 Rs. If you can find a direct bus that runs from Surat Bus Stand to Galteshwar, then nothing like it but it will be recommended to check your return plan before you start.
If you drive, then follow the below route to the location.
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Cinemas in Surat, have grown in huge numbers in the last 2 years. Surat, had always been celebrating the talkies culture, where it started of with small single screen talkies, which were then grown into theatres, with infrastructure aligned to suit the growing culture. In the last decade, the multiplex culture, has taken over the talkies and we see the same impact in Surat.
Currently many major multiplex chains like PVR, Inox, Cinemax, Cinepolis have come up around Dumas Road, Piplod area. Other areas are slowly adopting to the movie going craze in multiplexes. Also to keep up with the competition old theatres like Rupam cinemas are reshaping their infrastructure, facilities and screens.
PVR : RahulRaj Mall, Dumas Road
Inox : VR Mall, Dumas Road
Inox : Reliance Mall, Udhana Darwaza
Inox : DR World, Aiemata Road
Inox : Raj Imperial, Varachha
Cinemax : Iris Mall, Dumas Road, Surat
Cinepolis : Imperial Square Mall, Adajan, Surat
Valentine Multiplex (Dolby Atmos) : Dumas Road, Opp Iris Mall
City Plus Multiplex : Dumas Road
Popcorn – The Grand Bhagwati : Dumas Road
Black Jack Dolby Atmos : Ghod Dod Road, Near Rangila Park
Narmad Dave was a poet, philosopher, writer, social reformer and one of the first of his kind in Surat and Gujarat. He is prominently called as Kavi Narmad, for his spectacular work of composition – Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat – a poem, later adapted as the state song of Gujarat.
Narmad was born in Surat and later moved to Bombay. When he came back to Surat in the mid 1800s, at around the same time he started working as a teacher, he composed many of his works. He built Saraswati Mandir in 1866.
Surat Municipal Corporation, took over the task of renovating this heritage site in 2015, as with other projects it has undertaken and shaped into a beautiful museum. Located in the centre of city, inside the residential colonies, this place is very quite and very appropriate for someone in search of inspiration for arts, literature, history or just peace.
The museum is very simple, clean and serene place, with 2 floors. The ground floor houses Narmad’s bust with details of his birth and death date. It also contains various daily newspapers in English, Hindi and Gujarati. There is a sitting area for public to sit and rejoice the facility. Various weekly and monthly magazines are also available for reading. On the 2nd floor, there are books and novels, written by Narmad and historic sequencing of his life, some pictures and books.
Often a traveller goes around the world, to find about who he is, but sometimes, it is right within the city, where you can find rich history shaped and often visiting such places, you envision the journey of a time traveller and meet the people and culture of past, with new eyes. Narmad House is one such place. If you want to experience the beauty of this place, please try to spend some quite 30 minutes without wondering about another bucket list on your instagram profile, you will cherish the experience.
Timings : 8 am to 8 pm on regular days. ( On Mondays and public holidays – 8 am to 2 pm)
HERITAGE SITES NEAR BY
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Whether you are a fitness buff or sports enthusiast, swimming has always been one of the best methods for improving stamina, fitness and overall health. If you have been looking out for having fun on the beaches and often felt reluctant because you didn’t know swimming. Are you someone with a fitness resolution for this year, which never actually took off. Then you must definitely check-out if swimming can bring some florishment into your life.
Swimming is one of the simplest exercises, yet it is one of the most effective methods for body fitness. It helps you in increasing agility and internal strength. It helps you to cut down your body fat and increase your muscle strength. As well as it boosts your confidence and will-power. It is as challenging as it can be in the initial days, but as you progress slowly, you will be interested to go into water daily to have your swimming strides. So let’s get rolling, to find out some of the swimming pools in Surat.
Swimming is all about agility, internal strength, will-power, confidence and discovering yourself !
Surat Municipal Corporation has constructed around 17 swimming pools around the city. Surti’s can take benefit of the same at nominal price. Membership to the pool, is divided into two categories, as learners/beginners and swimmers. Those who already know swimming and want to continue going to pool to maintain their fitness, they can take a learned swimmer membership and enjoy the benefits.
For beginners and learners, there is a different batch and they are provided with a Swimming coach, who helps with the basics and conducts the training for about a period of 3 months. The joining formalities for learning batch, starts one week prior to the start of tenure, for e.g. for Jan-March you have to visit in the last week of December. Batches are run in the following tenures.
Tenure for Learner’s Batch
January – March
April – June
July – September
October – December
You will need to register for training, by filling the application form, duly signed and attached with a photograph. The form needs to be attested by a medical practioner, holding a MD/MBBS degree. The fees currently is 1200 for 3 months and 100 Rs for registration charges.
For latest information on Swimming Pools in Surat, visit SMC website.
You can use the following map to locate swimming pool nearest to you.
Disclaimer : We try to provide latest information as per the changes in the rates/rules. However, Surat Diaries is not responsible for any kind of decisions taken based on the information provided above. We suggest you to visit nearest swimming pool or SMC website for latest updates and changes, before taken any decisions.
Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation working towards providing mid-day meals to the kids of government schools and government-aided schools.
In a country like India, where families living on low-income budget find it difficult to provide proper shelter, food and healthcare to all the members in the family, it becomes extremely difficult to provide education to their children. Often in their condition of financial background, they tend to put their kids out of school to work in one way or other. Fortunately there are so many government and government-aided schools, which provide them opportunity to find a means of education completely free, however the major gap which most of such socio-economically weak families face were to provide food to their kids. To abolize the need for hunger and eventually reduce the drop out rates from schools, Akshaya Patra Foundation provides meals to kids in such schools.
What started as a small dream in Bengaluru in 2005, soon rose to other parts of the country and reached Gujarat and then Surat by 2012.
Akshaya Patra’s Surat kitchen was inaugurated on 15th February, 2015. This is a centralized kitchen serving over 1 lakh students from over 350 Nagar Prathmik Sikshan Samiti (SMC Schools) and nearly 100 Anganwadis. They also provide nutritional supplements to the kids in Anganwadis and ensure a balanced growth is provided to them as per their age group. Many other snacks are provided as well per their daily schedules.
Around 39 specialized vehicles run across the city to deliver quality and fresh meals to schools and anganwadis. They operate in shift mode and are tracked by GPS to ensure timely delivery. Currently from this kitchen, delivery is provided in two slots of 9:30 am -10:00 am for schools running in early hours and at 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm for schools which operate during noon hours.
Surat’s Centralized Kitchen is Serving Wholesome Lunch to Over 1 lakh children in 350 Schools and 100 Anganwadis via Mid-Day Meal Programme
Some of the features which give a glimpse to the operational standards, efficiency and capacity of Surat’s Centralized Kitchen Facility :
Steam generation for cooking from boilers capable of producing 2 tons of steam per hour
Roti making machine capable of producing upto 40,000 rotis per hour
Seven stage rice cleaning machine
Upto 5,000 litres per hour of water generated for cooking using Reverse Osmosis
High capacity machine for vegetable cutting
Food grade oil tank capable of storing 17,000 kg of oil for almost a month’s operation
Usage of almost 6,000 kg of rice, 5,000 kg of wheat flour, 4,000 kg of pulses and 8,000 kg of vegetables every day
Implementation of quality tools like Kaizen, 5S, Lean, GMP, GHP and Six Sigma
Implementation of ISO 22000:2005 standards in the kitchen operations
To provide quality food to kids from socio-economically weak families studying in government schools is such a noble and generous cause. It only fills your heart with lot of admiration and inspiration after you come across such human act and cause.
To know in detail about Akshaya Patra Foundation : Visit here.