Photo meet at Village Tera, Kachchh

Photo-meet on 8-02-2009 (Sunday)

Village of Tera, Kachchh is around 125 kms. from Gandhidham. The village has been declared as the Heritage Village by the Government of Gujarat recently. PCoG organized photo-meet at the village, to cover its heritage and natural beauty.

Tera Jaagir (estate/barony) was considered as the largest having about 40 villages under the Jaagir. The village also boasts inter-connected three ponds , Chattasar, Sumerasar and Chatasar,to provide for irrigation and consumption for entire year. In fact the name the village Tera derives from of having Tre-Tara (Three-ponds in local ,Kutchi, language) at its out-skirt.

The village also has outer-fort with four-feet thick wall to securely defend the village as well as inner-fort (Darbargadh) for the Jaagirdar. Half of the portion of the outer-fort is either removed on account of the growth of the village beyond the outer fort, or destroyed significantly during the earthquake of 2001.

The ancient 250 years old Jain Temple (Derasar) is known for colorful carved glass paintings. The village is also one of the pilgrimage of Jain’s Nani Panchtirthi. The village is also famous for its handi-craft of block printing, mirror work, embroidery etc.

The three ponds and surrounding light-wooded jungle provide good hosting grounds for various birds and animals.

However, despite the declaration of the status of Heritage Village, the village fails to attract much attention it deserves. This can be partly accounted to inactive promotion from the government’s side and partly for non-availability of basic tourist infrastructure like food, water and guest house etc., Therefore, mostly tourist pay a fleeting visit to the village.

Map of Village Tera, Kachchh

Photos from the meet
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