Adalaj

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Adalaj
અડાલજ
city
Market in Adalaj
Market in Adalaj
Adalaj is located in Gujarat
Adalaj
Adalaj
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 23°10′N 72°35′E / 23.17°N 72.58°E / 23.17; 72.58Coordinates: 23°10′N 72°35′E / 23.17°N 72.58°E / 23.17; 72.58
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Gandhinagar
Elevation 68 m (223 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 9,774
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 382421

Adalaj is a census town in Gandhinagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Geography[edit]

Adalaj is located at 23°10′N 72°35′E / 23.17°N 72.58°E / 23.17; 72.58.[1] It has an average elevation of 68 metres (223 feet).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Adalaj had a population of 9774. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Adalaj has an average literacy rate of 61%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 59% of the males and 41% of females literate. 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Trimandir Adalaj[edit]

A gorgeous non-sectarian Trimandir inspired by Akram Vignani, Param Pujya Dadashree has taken shape at Adalaj (on Ahmedabad-Kalol Highway) on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

The Trimandir is a magnificent two storey structure with a Gigantic Hall on the ground floor and temple on the first floor. The entire structure with the center shikhar height of 108 feet set along with intricate carvings on pink sandstone is a sight to observe.

The main hall of the temple admeasures 10,000 sq.ft and the podium admeasures 20,000 sq.ft. The centre sanctum of Trimandir houses a 13 feet idol of Lord Simandhar Swami along with the idols of his shaashan dev Shree Chandrayan Yaksh dev and shaashan devi Shree Panchanguli Yakshini devi.

It also houses the idols of other Tirthankars, Shree Rushabdev Bhagwan, Shree Ajitnath Bhagwan, Shree Parshwanath Bhagwan and Shree Mahavir Bhagwan besides shaashan devis, Shree Chakeshwari Devi and Shree Padmavati Devi. The left sanctum of the Trimandir Simandhar Swami at Adalaj Trimandirhosts Shivling, Parvati Devi, Hanumanji and Ganapatiji whereas the right sanctum comprises Shree Yogeshwar Krishna Bhagwan, Tirupati Balaji Shree Shreenathji, Shree Bhadrakali Mataji and Shree Amba Mataji. The two extreme ends of the temple houses Shree Padmanabh Swami Prabhu (1st Tirthankar of the coming era) and Sant Shiromani Shree Sai Baba.

The Trimandir also houses a museum & mini-theater which gives glimpses on life/ Gnan of Param Pujya DadaShree.

Besides Adalaj, magnificent Trimandirs also exist at Rajkot,Bhuj and Godhra. In addition, medium sized Trimandirs also exist at Chalamli, Bhadran, Vasna and various other places.[3]

Adalaj stepwell

Adalaj stepwell[edit]

The Adalaj Stepwell is a popular tourist attraction of the city and is situated 18 km. Nearing of Ghandhinagar. The well was built in 1499 A.D. by Queen Rudabai. The step well or Vav, as it is called in Gujarati, is intricately carved and is several stories in depth. The designs on its walls and pillars include, leaves, flowers, birds, fish and other breathtaking ornamental designs. In the past, these step wells were frequented by travellers and caravans as stopovers along trade routes.

This vav has five stories and three gates to entre it. Upon entry, we get one mandap with eight-side dome that is broken now. On both sides of steps are balconies with beautiful carvings. Rows of carved elephants mark the levels and provide the fantasy of rest. [4]

References[edit]

http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/ahmedabad/adalajindex.htm

http://india.mapsofindia.com/culture/monuments/adlaj-vav.html

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Adalaj
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ Dada Bhagwan - Official website
  4. ^ "Adalaj Gandhinagar Pincode". citypincode.in. Retrieved 2014-05-09.