<!-- See WikiProject Indian cities
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is a city and municipality in the Ahmedabad District
of the Indian
state of Gujarat
. With an average elevation of , Dholka is considered "India's first municipality".
<!-- Does not make sense — cannot be 40 km from itselfDholka lies in the Ahmedabad district of Gujarat, India, and is 40 km from there-->
During the Middle Ages
, Dholka was the seat of the Vaghela
family, who were vassals
of the Solanki
rulers of Gujarat. As the Solankis went into decline, so the Vaghelas rose in power becoming rulers of Gujarat from 1243 until the Muslim conquest in 1297. They restored stability to Gujarat for the latter half of the 13th century, while the Vaghela kings and their officials were dedicated patrons of the arts and temple-building.
Dholka is home to one of the first Hindu Swaminarayan
Temples in the world, which was established, according to the Hindu calendar, on the 5th day of the bright half of Vaishakha
in Vikram Samvat
There are many ancient mosques in the city including the Khan Masjid (a rare brick structure) along with the magnificent stone Khan Talao, Jumu'ah Masjid
(Friday prayer mosque). Other well-knonw Muslim
shrines include the Hazrat Shah shrine and Najmuddin Chisti's shrine in Lilajpur. The recently constructed Swaminarayan Temple (Kalikund Tirth) is also located in Dholka.
The Dholka Municipality is one of the oldest in India where... Read More