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India | Gujarat | Nadiad

Nadiad :

History:
It all started near the temple of Bhairav. This temple is in ruins at present. It is speculated that few 'Nat' families had their habitat there. 'Nat' families made their living by entertaining people by performing on road side or streets. As their habitat grew it became known as 'Natpur-town of Nat'. The town boundaries kept on expanding and moving westward. At some point in time it became known as NADIAD. By Vikram Samvat 999 (943AD) NADIAD was one of nine major towns of district of Kheda. Jetsi Patel, the first Patel, made his home in NADAID in around Vikram Smavat 1213 (1156AD). It is evident that Our Town of NADAID had managed to locate itself inside magnificent ponds-lakes of the area. It had become a supply and business center. Its nine outskirts (Bhagol) had access routes to nearby towns and each Bhagol was named by the connecting town. Over the centuries NADIAD saw several rulers of Chawda, Solanki, Vaghela, Peshwa, Mogul, Gaekwad, and English dynasties each leaving a mark on town.

During the years of independence movement of India, Our Town of NADIAD became focal point of the movement, frequented by Mahatma Gandhi- the Father of Our Nation and the Great Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (born in NADIAD) whose political savvy is sorely missed by India.

Geography:

» The 'Old' Geography:
The 'Old' refers to the geography taught in schools till '50s and '60s. It referred 'Nav Bhagol (nine outskirts)', 'Nav Talav (nine lakes-ponds)', and 'Nav Vav (nine walk-down water wells)'. Each Bhagol was named after the connecting town. The residential areas were named after dominating caste living in the locale. The Bazars were named after nearby town or dominating trade.

» The 'New Geography:
To-day's geography of NADIAD is bursting at seams. The residential expansion dominated by 'society' style construction has gone beyond city limits. The Bhagol designations are current but they are no loger outskirts. The 'Nav Talav' are history, some are completely filled and no longer in exsistance. The existing lakes are dire need of cleanup.

The current map of Nadiad shows it to be flanged by highways, and full of new societies, roads, bazaars, and temples.

Festival / Fairs at Nadiad:

Sakar Varsha at Shree Santram Mandir, India. Shree Santram Mandir at Nadiad on Maha Sud 15, Saturday, Jan. 30th, 2010.

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