The Gir mountains are considered to be sacred by many cultures. A profusion of temples and some truly ancient structures have made Girnar a favoured pilgrimage destination. From Jainism to Hinduism, Girnar has a number of wondrous architectural monuments.
The Gir-Somnath district was a part of Junagadh until 2013 and is bordered by the Arabian Sea at the south. The region’s soil is naturally rich, and is home to a number of valuable indigenous flora and fauna. In fact Gujarat has the highest percentage of India’s endemic flora, with Junagadh and Gir-Somnath housing a large portion of the same. This is evidenced by the Gir forest and the naturally verdant setting of the region. Produce from this region is sought after and relished around the world. Gir-Somnath’s Kesar mangoes are famous globally and are a huge export for the region. This is also true for a variety of herbs indigenous to the region like fenugreek, cumin, and others. The region is also famed for its groundnut production; this is why it also houses India’s only Groundnut Research Institute in Junagadh.
The rich agricultural heritage of this region is also possible in a large part because of the unique cows of the Gir-Somnath region. The Gir Cow is just one of the many unique animals of the region, a true friend of the farmer for centuries now. On the other end of the spectrum is the Asiatic Lion, the only place outside of Africa where lions roam freely in the wild. As a region steeped in culture, in an undeniable symphony with nature, Gir-Somnath is home to a breed of farmers who understand the need for natural farming. It is a confluence of ideologies that has allowed us to make Gir-Somnath the home of Girveda.