Culture of Junagadh
Food in JunagadhOther than the Guajarati foods, Junagadh is also famous for Kathiyawadi. This food is most popular in the Saurashtra region. Kathiyawadi is a tasty food item made of fresh vegetables and is basically a part of Gujarati Thali. It tastes sweet and tangy and can be found on at any dhaba on the highways. The curry can be eaten with either roti or with boiled rice. Kathiyawadi is also name of a region in Gujarat.
Art in JunagadhThough Gujarati is the mainly spoken language here, Hindi films have a great impact on this region. Famous and beautiful actress hails from Junagadh. Printed fabrics are most famous in Junagadh and some of the material is also exported to other countries. Bandhani saris are the most polar printed saris here apart from other silk saris and embroidered clothes. Junagadh is also famous for bead stones which are used in ear rings, necklaces and other gold ornaments. Panchatadi is the local market where you can find printed saris and daily victuals at a very reasonable price. Also tourists can visit Khadi Gram Udyog to buy handmade fabrics. Wood and marble artifacts are most famous here and reflect the craftsmanship. Handmade carpets are also very famous here which are exported to foreign countries in the past.
Festivals of JunagadhBoth western and Indian festivals are celebrated by people of Junagadh. Holi, Janmashtami, Navaratri, good Friday, Christmas, Mohrram, Ramzan, Ganesh Chatrurdi are some of the famous festivals celebrated here. The most famous of all those festivals is the Shivaratri festival where a mela is held for 5 days at the foot of Mount Girnar. The mela attracts more than 5 Lakh visitors every year and another main occasion is the Girnar Parikrama which attracts nearly 1.5 million people and is also held annually. Being near the Portuguese ruled city of Diu, Junagadh also has a quite impact of Christianity and Christmas is also celebrated here. Also because of the Muslim rulers in the past festivals like Ramzan and Moharram also celebrated grandly.
Junagadh is one of the few places in India where Ayurvedic medicine is strictly followed even today. The Ayurveda University is one rich source of information for people and practitioners and every year a fair is held at the university. Ayurvedic medicines can also be bought at Junagadh from various stores available across the town.