MANGO WOR­SHIP

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Pity the pri­ests forced to ar­range this ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­ray of man­goes be­fore the idols in a Swami­narayan tem­ple in Ahmed­abad on June 3. Mango sea­son in the state usu­ally be­gins af­ter May 15 and is marked by sev­eral fes­ti­vals. The ke­sar is ar­guably Gu­jarat’s sig­na­ture va­ri­ety. Swami­narayan, born in Ut­tar Pradesh to­wards the end of the 18th cen­tury, set­tled in Gu­jarat in 1799. His fol­low­ers re­main nu­mer­ous in Gu­jarat, where the spir­i­tual tra­di­tion he founded has flour­ished into an im­por­tant school of Vaish­nava thought.

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