21. Which type of response received from people in Tal Gajarada to Porbandar march?

21Our march-YATRA- started from Tal Gajarada and proceeded towards Rupawati village. On the border (PADAR) of Rupawati village people of the village gathered to give a warm welcome to the marchers. When the marchers reached the village many daughters of the village welcomed them in a warm traditional ceremonial way. They had gathered there with pitchers and welcomed all the marchers by applying Tilak (auspicious red mark) on their forehead. In the meeting were present a lot of people discussing about the march. Village people took a vow to start similar water preservation activities in their village. The march proceeded towards Kumbhan village having a population of 7000. When the march reached the PADAR of the village, the sun was about to set and it was time to ring the gong. As in the previous village, here also the village people gathered in large numbers to extend a warm welcome to the marchers and escorted them to the meeting place with great respect. As the marchers were to take a night halt in the village, a lot of people from the surrounding villages remained present in the meeting. Thousands of people from about 25 villages heard the discussions and lectures explaining the importance of water preservation, imbibed the importance of water preservation and vowed in their hearts to carry out similar activities in their village also. The meeting dispersed and all the people went to the dining room. Then began the popular function LOK DAYARO. In that entertainment programme various artists present their artistic items such as BHAJANS,-devotional songs- songs and DOHAS. But they didn’t miss to talk about the important issue of water preservation. After taking dinner some marchers went to enjoy the LOK DAYARO and some went to sleep. This march proceeded to Goras at 7 in the morning.

                 The march passed through the villages of Mahua taluka and then passing through Peethvadi, Nana Jinjuda, Mota Jinjuda and Nesadi of Savarkundala taluka and then through Nana Samdhiyala, Kami Kerala, Chadiya, Tarawada, Babupur, Juna Vaghania, Pithadiya, Najapur, Chuda Choras of Amreli district, the march passed through Bhavnagar and Amreli district and entered Junagadh district. Oh what a splendid welcome they received! In the villages situated on the root of the march meetings were held on a large scale, ceremonies for laying foundation of ponds and check-dams were performed and on every junction the march was given a very grand and warm welcome. People, children and students came with ‘Save Water’ banners and posters to give a very warm welcome to the marchers. Every night some program was planned and huge meetings of 20 to 25000 people from the surrounding villages were held. Political leaders, ministers, Saints and Mahants, intellectuals and industrialists from Surat, Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Mumbai remained present in these night meetings. Every night a LOK DAYARO was organized. In that LOK DAYARO a variety of artists presented various items of art but not without weaving their views about the importance of water preservation into their item.

              This march passed through Chuda Choras, Barwala, Gadath, Pipadia and Bhesan taluka of Junagadh district and then passing through the villages around the Bhadar River it reached Dhoraji. Then passing through Supedi it reached Khakhi Jadiya of Upleta taluka andpassing through Koladi, it reached Siddhasar. In all the villages located on the root of the march, people welcomed the marchers with wonderful enthusiasm.

            This march proceeded from Rajkot district to Jamnagar district. Passing through Gigni, Jam Jodhpur, Balwa, villages of Barda Dungar area it reached Kutiana of Porbandar district. It passed through various villages of Kutiana taluka and more than 150 small and big villages. The villagers gathered not only in the villages through which the march passed but also on the junction of 4 roads through which the march passed. This 400 kms march also included a number of villages of Amreli, Junagadh, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Porbandar. At last the march reached Porbandar. Passing through the various streets of the city, it reached Kirti mandir, the birth place of Gandhiji. All the marchers garlanded the statue of Gandhiji and resolved to follow the views of Gandhiji. Thus the march received a wonderful response in all the villages.