Saturday, December 01, 2007

Jamnagar - Dhrol the image continues

Jamnagar - Dhrol the image continues

Superstitions are well alive in political world, when every effort fails superstition takes its turn.

Dhrol is always known the infamous "Samu Gaam" (Village on the opposite side) for Jamnagari's, people here do not name the town, they think its not so good feeling to utter the name of this town (Like You-Know-Who ??).

Dhrol town has earned a notorious superstitious reputation, even in political areas. Today nobody wants to campaign at Dhrol, guess -  it is supposed to be unlucky.

Locals says that in 1975, Indira Gandhi imposed emergency just after addressing a rally in Dhrol.
Later in 1985 CM Madhavsinh Solanki addressed a rally , and soon he had to make way for Amarsinh Chaudhary.

Modern day election campaing are wrapped up in Superstitions, right from timing of nomination filing, campaing kick off everything is drived by prospourous timings / Muhurta.

BJP has gone beyond beliefs, relocating offices to meet needs of Vastu Shahstra.

Let's see how Dec 23 treats the astologers.


1 comment:

  1. Hahaha, thats funny! I never knew that! My father is from Dhrol, and my family has been settled in Dhrol since Dhrol existed. I love it!

    I don't like to refer to it as Samu Gaam. The superstition is that if you say the name Dhrol in the morning, you will go hungry/ won't be able to eat ghee the whole day, because it got cursed.

    The story goes like this...

    A long time ago, a Brahmin Farmer of Dhrol was ploughing his field and he found some buried treasure. He started digging, and found that there was loads of it, so he went to the King (i'm not sure which one it was) and told him that he has found some treasure and it would be 'Desh droh' to keep it all to himself, and he would accept whatever the Raja found him worthy of.

    So, the Raja accepted and took some people to help in the digging. After all the treasure was out, the Raja told the farmer to go and do a Divo inside the hole, as there was so much we've taken out, we shouldn't leave it completely empty.

    The farmer agreed and went in. As soon as he went in, the Raja got the farmer buried alive, and the ghee burned the farmer.

    That evening, as the King was sitting down to eat, when he saw the ghee on his rotli, he saw the farmers face in the rotli and it haunted him in everything he was about to eat.

    That night, the farmer came into his dream and said that what the Raja did to him was wrong, and that he should be protecting the people of his Kingdom instead of killing them, the farmer went on to say that he would have been Ok if he didn't receive anything at all. The farmer cursed the Raja, that he would not be able to eat ghee his whole life and whoever said the name of his kingdom, Dhrol, wouldn't be able to eat Ghee that day.

    I'm not sure how the story ends, but thats the gist of it anyways...

    As my dad says, 'je kare, ene bharvu pade' (jaisi karni, vaisi bharni, in gujarati).

    It would be good to see how many other people know of this/ any other stories about Dhrol/ Samu gaam.

    Best Regards,


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