headquarter and the capital of former princely State of Palanpur, the city
is circled by hillocks in the close vicinity of Aravali Mountains. It
derives its name from Palansi Chauhans who inhabited the city in 14th
century. The Chauhans were replaced by Muslim rulers who ruled till
independence. It is also believed thatb King Prahlad established this city
and named it as Prahladanpur. Later on, the name was changed into . Its
history can be traced to the thirteenth century of the Vikram era.
A thriving commercial centre, the city has become crowded due to mercantile growth. There is a Kirti Stambh and a Rajmahal, the old palace of the Nawab, now used for government offices. Outside Mira Gate, there are two places of Muslim interest 'Dargahs', one of the poet Anwar Kazi and the other dedicated to Saint Mursheed, worshipped by Muslims.
An ancient stepwell `Mithi Vav' is the best-preserved architectural monument with seven galleries on the walls on either side.
Sri Tirth: Built by King Prahlad, this temple is famous as the temple of Prahladan Parshvanath. Today it is known as the temple of Pallaviya Parshvanath. This brave king melted the metal idol of Delvada in Abu and made an idol of Shiva riding a bull.
Inflicted by leprosy, the agonized king went to the forest. There he met Acharyashri Shalibhadrasurisvar. He repented for what he had done and then according to the instructions and with blessings of the Acharya, he made a temple of Bhagwan Parshvanath. He poured on his body the water with which the idol was bathed and got cured of his disease.
King Prahlad then become a follower of the Jain religion. He performed many acts of religion. He was a scholar and wrote many books. His dramatic work entitled " Parshva Parakram Vyasang" is famous even today. It speaks highly about his Scholarship.
Balaram Mahadev Temple: The sacred temple of Balram Mahadev is situated about 12 kms from in Banaskantha district.
The palaces of the Nawab and Hindu Temples are also worth seeing.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Nearest airport is Ahmedabad .
Rail: Linked with Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Delhi .
Road: State transport buses and Private Luxury coaches connects various centres of Gujarat. It is situated 155 Kms from Ahmedabad. The railway station and the bus station are at a distance of one km.
Local Transport: Buses and taxis are available for travel within the city.
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Ahmedabad : 155kms.