richest grasslands. It is celebrated for its
biodiversity. This grassland is home to the
cattle herding Sindhi Madharis of Kachchh. This
grassland apparently derives its name from the
Hindi word बनी हुई (Bani Hui). Tapas narrates the
story as we watch visuals from this artwork depicting
Jats of Kachchh believe they are locked in
brotherhood. Both the communities, to this
day, continue to be bound by bonds of belief,
duty and interdependence. Most Kharai camels
owned by Rabaris have been grazed and
guarded by Fakiranis for generations.
How did this incredible relationship come to be?
One cannot but suspect some element of mysticism!
Camel to be a manifestation of the divine and
camels are worshipped as Meldi Mata. The Rabaris
believe they were created to look after camels and
consider them primary members of their family!
But when did this deep bond between the Rabari
and her animal begin? Let us listen in. Camel divine.
Camels are worshipped as Meldi Mata. They believe
they were created to look after camels. That is probably
why camels are often treated as members of the family
by the Rabaris. What lies behind such legendary ties
between man and animal? This story of Shiva
and Parvati unravels the legend.
All Illustrations by Tapas Upadhyay