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An Important Center of Jainism

Wadhvan located on the banks of Bhogavo River, is in Surendranagar District. Known by the name Vardhamanpuri in earlier times, Wadhwan is one of the finest examples of living fortified towns of Gujarat.

Wadhwan is an important center of Jainism. Among the other pilgrim centers of Jains, a special sanctity is attached to Wadhwan because of the footprints of Mahavir Swami seen here.

Raj Mahal and Hawa Mahal are the most attractive among the buildings built by the rulers of Wadhwan. There are two ancient step wells named Madha Vav (AD1294) and Ganga Vav (AD1169). Most important temples located in Wadhwan are Swami Narayan Temple, Wagheshwari Devi Temple and Ranakdevi Temple.

This town is also famous for its craft traditions of tie and die, brass utensils, metalwares, educational wooden toys and culinary delights of 'Ganthia' and Peda. The old bazaar is very special for its low-ceilinged wooden buildings. Other major attractions include a collection of vintage, classic and sports cars and a well-stocked library of automobile books. Shree Swaminarayan Temple at Muli, Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary and Dhrangadhra are the nearby interesting destinations. Nearest airport is at Ahmedabad. This town is located on Surendranagar-Bhavnagar railway line.

Updated on 1st October, 2014
District: Surendranagar

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