During the Cretaceous period, as the supercontinent of Gondwana land was slowly drifting apart, India separated from Madagascar and South America. In a splendid isolated island in the Narmada Valley lived Rajasaurus Narmadensis, a newly discovered endemic species, found only in Gujarat. This outstanding discovery of a new dinosaur species by scientists occurred around the year 2000 and it was dubbed Rajasaurus Narmadensis – Rajasaurus is derived from the Sanskrit word rāja, meaning ‘king, sovereign, chief, or best of its kind’; sauros from Ancient Greek means ‘lizard’; and narmadensis refers to the Narmada River. A replica of this endemic dinosaur with its distinctive horn is exhibited on the Vindhya mountains for visitors of the Statue of Unity. The model is scaled up to over three times the estimated original size of the dinosaur, with an approximate length of 75 feet from head to tail and a height of 25 feet.
The positioning of the sculptures of these extinct dinosaurs found in the Vindhya hills gives visitors a feel of how life on Earth was like during the age of Dinosaurs, when these towering reptiles roamed this region. The dinosaur park has been created to raise awareness about the prehistoric fossil heritage of Gujarat and to educate children on the biology of dinosaurs.
The location of Rajasaurus is on Vindhya mountains near the Statue of Unity at Kevadia, District Rajpipla, Gujarat, India.
For further details contact on following address:
Office of Conservator of Forests,
Narmada Forest Division,
Near Vadia Jakatnaka,
Rajpipla – 393145
Fax: 02640 222013