Swapnatirtha (Gujarati: સ્વપ્નતીર્થ) is a Gujarati novel by Radheshyam Sharma. It was published in 1979 and made a great impact on Gujarati novels.[1]

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AuthorRadheshyam Sharma
Original titleસ્વપ્નતીર્થ
PublisherR. R. Sheth & Co., Mumbai
Media typePrint
Preceded byFero (1968) 


  • Navin - a young adolescent gullible boy
  • Shanta - Navin's mother
  • Vinayak kaka - Navin's uncle
  • Ghanshyamlalji Maharaj - a Hindu priest
  • Bhalubhai Sanghvi and Sohanbhai - two persons of pilgrimage with whom Navin gets homosexual relationship


It is the story of an adolescent gullible boy Navin who being a religious one, pilgrims with a congregation on foot to a shrine of Vaishnava cult. His father Mathurdas's death is doubtful and his mother Shanta is illicitly connected with another two persons, first is his uncle Vinayak kaka, who visit their home frequently and second is Dharmaguru Ghanshyam Maharaj. These are the essential elements that interlace the plot of father-son relationship in the end. A dream follows the descriptions of each day in the diary.[2][3]


The novel runs on three levels: the subtle voice of the narrator, image-full dream sequence of the young boy and the flat monotonous repetitive and school-age tone of his diary.[2][3] The techniques of dream sequence and dream vision are used in this novel.[4] The prose of the novel is rough and boring.[5]


Jayant Gadit wrote that, the novel does not gives us the complete story but it centered around the consciousness of Navin, a main protagonist of the novel. Pravin Darji noted this novel for its prominent prose.[4]


  1. ^ Indian Literature. Vol. 27. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. 1984. p. 74. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Topiwala, Chandrakant (November–December 1980). "Gujarati: The Dominance of Poetry". Indian Literature. 23 (-6): 11. JSTOR 23330254.
  3. ^ a b P. K. Rajan (1989). The Growth of the Novel in India, 1950-1980. New Delhi: Abhinav Publications. p. 75. ISBN 978-81-7017-259-8. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b Talpada, Hasit. "Chapter 3: Radheshyam Sharmani Navalkathanu Gadya". Aadhunik Navalkathanu Gadhya Ek Abhyas Suresh Joshi Madhuray Ravji Patel Radheshyam Sharma ni Mukhya Navalo ne Aadhare (PDF) (Thesis). Sardar Patel University. hdl:10603/98020. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  5. ^ Trivedi, Rajeshkumar (18 August 2015). "Chapter 6: Navalkathakar Radheshyam Sharman". Jyotish Jani Mukund Parikh Shrikant Shah ane Radheshyam Sharmani navalkathaoni technic ange navalkathana swaroopho vikash ek adhyayan (PDF) (Ph.D). Gujarat University. hdl:10603/47949. Retrieved 27 February 2017.

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