City : Dholka
Location : Western India
Language : Bengali, Hindi, Urdu
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Dholka is a city and a municipality in Ahmedabad district in the state of Gujarat, India.
In the Middle Ages, Dholka was the seat of the Vaghela family, who were feudatories of the Solanki rulers of Gujarat. As the Solankis went into decline, the Vaghelas rose in power, ruling Gujarat from 1243 to the Muslim conquest in 1297. They restored stability to Gujarat for the latter half of the 13th century, and the Vaghela kings and their officials were dedicated patrons of the arts and temple-building.
Dholka is home to one of the first Swaminarayan Temples in the world. Date of Installation : The 5th day of the bright half of Vaishakha in V.S. 1883.
This majestic shrine, with its splendid dome, was planned and constructed under the expert supervision of S.G. Purnanand Swami and the work was completed under the supervision of S.G. Mahanubhavanand Swami. The land for constructing this great shrine was gifted by Devotee Shri Revashankar Vyas.
Swaminarayan Bhagwan graced this auspicious place and installed the idols of God in the temple on the auspicious 5th day of the bright half of Vaishakha in V.S. 1883, amidst the chants of Vedic hymns by Brahmin priests.
Besides the idols installed by Swaminarayan Bhagwan, between the seat of Lord Ghanshyam Maharaj and Lord Murlimanohardev, there is the seat of divine pleasure adorned in His image form by Swaminarayan Bhagwan.
Dholka is located at 22.72° N 72.47° E. It has an average elevation of 17 metres (55 feet).
It is India's first municipality
In the north of the town, there is a prasadi temple of Lord Nagnath. One canopy has been constructed at this place, in memory of the graced touch of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Here, Swaminarayan Bhagwan had conducted religious assemblies to bless his devout followers.
At the north end of the temple, there is one room where Swaminarayan Bhagwan used to be put up. There is one more canopy on the eastern end of the temple where there was a well, graced by Swaminarayan Bhagwan, for sacred bathing. Chakali-lake, a little away from the town, is again a prasadi place. Swaminarayan Bhagwan and his saint have taken baths there .There is an ancient step-well, a small temple of Lord Hanumanji and the sacred foot prints of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. S. G. Mahanubhavanand Swami had installed Lord Hanumanji in this temple.
On the south end of the town at about a distance of 11 k.m. there is Ganesh-Dholka. Here, Swaminarayan Bhagwan had assumed ailment. The Ganapatiji at this place has his trunk on the right side, which is an astonishing phenomenon. Swaminarayan Bhagwan had offered worship to Lord Ganapatiji here. Dholka has been referred as Vairatnagar in the ancient times of Mahabharata. Many remains of archeological significance have been found from this place.
Dholka is on the railway line from Ahmedabad to Bhavnagar, well connected to the cities by rail and road. It is 30 k.m. from Ahmedabad. Frequent bus and rail transport is available from Ahmedabad Dholka is also known for Jain Temple Kalikund Tirth, and every year lots of Jain families visit this temple.
There is an ancient temple of Ambaji mata in Dholka. The statue of this goddess was found from the house of Bapalal Murjibhai Joshi situated near the temple. There is also school of Pandavas,But as Per Historians that's not Possible, Truth is A Mosque, Named "Behlolkhan Gazi " . kitchen of Bhima, which also not true but A " Mosque of Tanka ". Malav Talav and many more things to view in Dholka. Dholka was known as Viratnagar when Pandavas lived here for two years.