The lifeline of Gujarat’s Agri Ecosystem remains the trio’s flow. And to honour the gifts that Narmada, Tapi and Sabarmati bestow, Gujarat will celebrate Nadi Utsav (River festival). The five-day festival begins Sunday Dec 26 and will conclude on Dec 30.
This is the first such celebration ever. Related events will take place in four different cities.
“The opening ceremony will be held on the banks of the Tapi in Surat, in the presence of chief minister Bhupendra Patel. Then, similar functions will also take place on the banks of the Narmada in Bharuch and Garudeshwar, and that of the Sabarmati in Ahmedabad,” briefed Jitu Vaghani, education minister and also spokesperson of the state government.
The five days will host various religious and cultural dos on the banks of the rivers. These include aarti, marathon, seminars, cleaning-up drives and awareness campaigns. The grand finale will be a maha-aart on the banks of the Sabarmati in Ahmedabad, with the chief minister in attendance. The Nadi Utsav was finalised during a cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister earlier on December 22.