Panchmahal district

Panchmahal District

Panchmahal district

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Panchmahal, also Panch Mahal, is a district in the western India, in the eastern portion of Gujarat State. Panch-mahal means "five tehsils/talukas" (5 sub-divisions), and refers to the five sub-divisions namely - Godhra, Dahod, Halol, Kalol and Jhalod that were transferred by the Maharaja Sindia of Gwalior to the British. The district had a population of 2,025,277 of which 12.51% were urban as of 2001. Hedquarters: Godhra.

The district is located on eastern end of the state. It is bordered by Dahod District to the north-east & east, Vadodara District to the south (southeast and southwest also), Kheda District to the west and Sabarkantha District to the northwest. Banswara District of Rajasthan State also borders the district in the northeast.

History

The history of Panchmahals district revolves around the city of Champaner. It was established in 7th century (647) in the territory of King Vanraj of Solanki dynasty. In the 13th century, Chauhans acquired the city from Muslim rulers under Alauddin Khilji. Their rule continued until 1484, when Sultan Mohammad Begda of Gujarat captured the city. There after Godhra became center of the district under the Mughal Empire (1575 to 1727).

Panchmahal were conquered from the Mughal Empire by the Maratha general Sindhia in the eighteenth century.In the due course of time Sindhia dynasty became Maharajas of Gwalior, and after 1818 were...
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