When India was celebrating its 52nd Republic Day on 26 January 2001, the western part of the country faced one of the worst earthquakes in history.
26 January 2015 marks the 14th anniversary of one of the most devastating disasters that left nearly a million families homeless.
The earthquake, which lasted for over two minutes, at 8:46 am, killed more than 19,727 and 166,000 were injured.
Following the massive 7.9 magnitude quake, more than 500 aftershocks continued to strike different parts of Gujarat till March, according to Indian Metrology Department (IMD).
Twenty one out of 25 districts in the state were totally destroyed and Kutch was the worst affected district, followed by Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Rajkot and Surendranagar.
While many believed that Gujarat would take years to get back to normal, the collective efforts of the people helped the state recover and a lot of praise was heaped on the successful Gujarat Model of Development.
The then Cheif Minister, Narendra Modi was also appreciated for his government's involvement in the prosperity of the state. Industrial as well as healthcare and education sector also reached new heights.