is a small but tall mountain about 46 kilometers away from Vadodara. The
history of the religious and historic mountain is linked with Patai
Raval. It is said that the king Vanaraj Chavada established Champaner at
the, foot of Pavagadh in fond memory of his wise minister Champa. The
Patai Raval family ruled it and took care of the boundary. The folk
tales say that the Mahakali joined the Garba ' (The traditional Gujarati
group dance) assuming the form of a woman during the Navaratra festival.
There is the Mahakali seat at the top of the hill. The last Patai
Jaisinh saw the beautiful lady and threw nasty looks at her. The deity
cursed him. As a result of that curse, the emperor of Gujarat, Muhammad
Begda assaulted Pavagadh and won over the hill on the boundary.
Patai was defeated and
assassinated. Muhammad Begda shifted his capital from Ahmedabad to
Champaner for some time because of some diplomatic reasons. He developed
the town and constructed some very nice places. The fort of Champaner,
Uohra mosque, Mandavi, Kirtistambh, the temple of 5halkh, Jama Masjid,
Nagina Mosque and Kevda Mosque are few of them. The remains of the
Palace of Begda are still found near Vad Talav (Banyan Pond) two
kilometers away from Champaner.
music maestro of I6th century and Tansen's contemporary rival Baiju
Bawra belonged to Champaner Pavagadh has a height of about 800 metres.
IC is one of the important pilgrimages of Kali. The bus service has been
extended up to Machi. The remains of Raval Palace still exist at Machi.
There are rest houses, holiday homes and small hotels at Machi. Then
comes Teliya Talav and Dudhia Talau The temple of Kali is at the height
of 550 metres. Now-a-days the rope-way facility has been made available
to the tourists to reach the temple. About 250 steps have to be climbed
from there. A little above the Kali Temple there is Sadanshah Pir Dargah.
There are numerous tales, songs and dramas knitting the story of Patai
Raval. The scholars and historians may accept it or not, but the people
believe it as part of the history. Pavagadh is the gateway to
Panchmahals. It is the area of the tribals and the backward people. The
government has taken special care for the Pudhio Tolov Pavagadh
development of the area, It has granted many concessions and offered
subsidies to the new industries coming up in this area.
result of it, Halol and Kaalol near Pavagadh have turned into a virtual
industrial estate. Dhabadungari, a nearby place has a very nice temple.
The locations of hilly areas around Halol provide a very good sight. A
film studio at Halol has this added advantage. On the eastern side, the
Rangpur Ashram run by Mr. Harivallahh Parikh is busy with the activities
for the upliftment of the local tribals. The manganese mines of
Shivrajpur have stopped excavation and there is production these days.
There are plenty of minerals in the Ambadungar across Chhota Udepur
town. Godhra is the capital town of Panchmahals district. It was an
important centre during the Moghul and Maratha pericxi. North of Godhra
is Devgadhbaria and Dohad, the tribal and forest belt. The forests are
not as dense as before. There the beast sanctuary at the Devgadhharia is
an old princely state and a beautiful town, Dohad is almost at the
border of central India and also a tinny trade centre. Educational
institutions and colleges for higher education have now been established
in Dabhoi, Sankheda, Halol, Chhota-Udepur, fodeli, Godhra Devgadhbaria,
Dohad, Lunawada, Santrampur, etc. Marker places for the products of
forests and industrial units have also been developed at these towns.
Lunawada, another princely state is in the north of Godhra, but it has
lost its old glory. Ratanpur is to the Mommad Begdo. south of Godhra,
via Venganpur. It is known for its splendid temple built with two types
of stones, a number of sculptures an<i a beautiful arch. It was build
in the l4th century. On the main highway there are streams of hot water.
Then there are stone varities near Timba. By crossing Mahi River, we
enter into the Kheda district.