Gujarat is the birthplace of many who played an important role in shaping modern India. Prominent among them are Shri Dadabhai Navroji, the grand old man of the freedom fight, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the architect of a united India and Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Nation.These men carried the torch of national freedom and integration infusing the qualities of tolerance, brotherhood, non-violence and patriotism amongst Indians.
Gujarat gets its name from "Gujjar Rashtra", the land of the Gujjars, a migrant tribe who came to India in the wake of the invading Huns in the 5th century.The history of Gujarat dates back to 2000 BC. It is also believed that Lord Krishna left Mathura to settle on the west coast of Saurashtra at Dwarka.
According to the Hindu epics, Lord Krishna and his elder brother Balarama, evacuated Mathura and established themselves at Kushasthali, now known as Dwarka and started what is known as the Yadava dynasty. Dwarka subsequently became one of the four seats (mathas) set up by Adi Shankaracharya.
An effort to concise the history of Gujarat from Krishna to Muslim period.The dark ages ruled after the death of lord Krishna and no accurate information has been made available about the huge leap of 3000 years till we reach Ashoka, the great.
3000 years slide away into oblivion and we come to the Emperor Ashoka, whose tales tell the stone inscriptions at the foot of Girnar.
Chandragupta Maurya had a sovereign rule from Patliputra in Magadha in 319 B.C. Saurashtra and Gujarat were also part of his expanding Kingdom.
The autonomy of the Kings Bindusaar and Ashoka remained a glorious facet of the Maurya rule.
Ashoka was a war loving king and his main ambition in life was to capture as many territories and kingdoms as possible.
Cruelty, treachery and violence of battles, on his way to Kalinga, however, aroused in him the fear of God and the love of human beings.
This divine transformation gave him the title of Priyadarshi. Ashoka had several stuti stambhs, singing the praises of God and establishing sermons and religious dictums for the reformation of the people and for reinstating the faith of his subjects. The stone inscriptions at the foothills of Girnar, preach the eternal message of non-violence, peace and love towards human beings as propagated by Lord Buddha.
The seal of that pillar, has been sacred for Indians for centuries and now presides over our conscious patriotism in the form of our National Emblem – The Ashoka Chakra.
The Present state of Gujarat was formed in 1st May 1960, as a result of Bombay Reorganization act, 1960. The state is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west, Pakistan and Rajasthan in the north and north-east respectively, Madhya Pradesh in the south east and Maharashtra in south.Gujarat was a part of the erstwhile Mumbai state during the British Rule. But in 1960, the 'Gujarati' population decided to secede from that union, which resulted in the formation of two new states, namely Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The new State of Gujarat came into existence on May 01, 1960 because of this bifurcation. जय हिन्द