() is a Hill Station
, and a Municipality in Panchmahal district
about away from Vadodara
state in western India
. It is known for a famous Mahakali
temple which draws thousands of pilgrims everyday.
Area of this locality Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
has been inscripted by UNESCO
as World Heritage
It is said that the Rajput
king Vanraj Chavda
at the foot of Pavagadh in fond memory of his wise minister Champa. Later, the Patai Raval family ruled it and took care of the boundary. The folk tales
say that Mahakali assumed the form of a woman and danced in a Garba
. The last Patai, Jaisinh watched her with dirty looks. The deity became angry at Jaisinh and cursed him. As a result, the Muslim
emperor of Gujarat
, Mahmud Begada
assaulted Pavagadh and won the hill on the boundary.
Patai was defeated and killed. Mahmud Begada
shifted his capital from Ahmedabad
to Champaner for some time for reasons of diplomacy. He developed the town by constructing buildings such as the fort of Champaner, Uohra mosque, Mandavi, Kirtistambh, the temple of Shalkh, Jama Masjid, Nagina Mosque and Kevda Mosque. The remains of the Palace of Begada are still found near Vad Talav (Banyan Pond) two kilometers (1.25 miles) away from Champaner.
Pavagadh is the gateway to Panchmahal
. It is a tribal area populated predominantly by the Bhils
. The government has granted many concessions and... Read More