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.
» 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:
The current map of Nadiad shows it to be flanged by highways, and full of new
societies, roads, bazaars, and temples.
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.
Festival / Fairs at Nadiad:
Sakar Varsha at Shree Santram Mandir, India. Shree Santram Mandir at Nadiad on
Maha Sud 15, Saturday, Jan. 30th, 2010.