Dipda Darwaja has its change of faith written

Dipda Darwaja derives its name from a large gate with traditional jharokhas in the village where lamps were lit once as the area had no power.

Written by Express News Service | Mehsana | Published: July 31, 2012 6:17:57 am

Dipda Darwaja derives its name from a large gate with traditional jharokhas (small windows) in the village where lamps were lit once as the area had no power.

Years before Mehsana and Patan were separated,Dipda Darwaja in Visnagar taluka was a small village that celebrated its festivals lavishly. There were gala Navratri and Diwali events.

The village square locally known as Baithak no Math used to host the popular events in the village. The Muslim girls from the victims’ families used to participate for the Patels in Navratri competitions held between Thakors,Patels and Rabaris of Visnagar taluka. Since the beginning,Dipda had earned a name of being a secular village where Muslims lived among Patels almost as a part of their community. However,today there is not a single Muslim living in Dipda.

A new name came about for Dipda in 2004,scribbled on the right side of the of the large gate that marks the entrance of the village. The Dipda Darwaja is now Randel Mata no Delo (Goddess Randel Mata Gate),confirming this is now an all-Hindu village.

The latest caste census showed that Dipda Darwaja has 4,000 to 5,000 people of various castes in the village of which 2,000 are Patels.

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