Banaskantha – The Region along the River of Banas, which is bounded by
Rajasthan state to the North, Kutch district to the West, Patan and Mehsana
districts to the South and Sabarkantha to the East.
The second largest district of Gujarat comprises of 14 Talukas.
Administrative Headquarter of Banaskantha District is also known as
Pralhadan Patan on the name after Pralhadan Dev of Paramara Dynasty of
BACK IN TIME
Pralhadan, brother of Chandravati’s ruler Dharavarsh established this city
to find peace and prosperity as Chandravati was attacked by Alauddin Khilji’s
The town was then ruled by Chauhans of Sirohi around 13th century. To
the attraction of wealth and prosperity, many invaders tried to occupy the city
but the Mughal Akbar conquered Gujarat in 1572 and Palanpur become a part
of Mughal Empire. On the marriage occasion of his foster sister to Nawab of
Jhalor, Akbar gifted the territory of Palanpur to the Nawab. Over 300 years,
Lohani of Jhalori dynasty ruled the city.
During instability period of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, the Lohanis
allied with British East India Company to protect the realm of the Palanpur
from the Marathas. After Independence of India, Palanpur State merged with
Union of India as a part of Bombay State. Subsequently, it becomes the capital
of Banaskantha District.
POINT OF ATTRACTION
Pataleshwar Temple, Kirti Stambh, Motu Derasar
Probably, we never heard of Chandravati but there was a time when
Chandravati was known as Metropolis of Western India; it served refuge to
Raja Bhoj to being witnessed of plunderment of Mahmud Ghazani to being
centre power of Muslim during reign of Alauddin khilji.
Ambaji is located in between the borders of North Gujarat and Abu Road
of Rajasthan. It is a town of Danta Taluka.
Ambaji is one of the 51 ancient Shakti Peeth Tirth in Gujarat. It is an
important temple town as millions of devotees visiting the Ambaji temple every
year. Full moon of Bhadrapad is one of the most important festival of the year.
It is said that there is no idol or picture in the temple but simple Gokh in
the inner wall, in which A Gold Plated Holy Shakti Visa Shree Yantra having
kurma back convex shape and 51 bij letters therein, connected with that of the
original Yantras of Nepal and Ujjain Shakti Piths in such a way that it can be
appears as a figure of deity.
Shree Yantra - Never photographed in past nor can be so done in future.
Worship of this Shree Yantra is done only after tying bondage on the eyes.
According to ancient scriptures, Prajapati Daksh had organized the
Bruhadspati Sak Yagna and invited all the deities but he did not invite Lord
Shiva. When Sati, daughter of Daksha heard this, she went to attend the held
against Shiva’s will. Daksh in hatred of Lord Shiva insulted him in presence of
all the deities which she did not bear and sacrificed herself in altar. When shiva
heard it, he started tandav in madness by caring her body in his shoulder. Lord
Vishnu in fear of destruction of macrocosm due to activity of Shiva dismembered Sati’s body parts and throws to the earth. That parts fall over fifty
It is said that Ambaji is the place where Sati’s heart was fell.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Gabbar Hill, Kamakshi Mandir, Koteshwar, Kumbhariya, Man Sarovar