Adalaj

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Adalaj
city
Trimandir Temple in Adalaj
Trimandir Temple in Adalaj
Adalaj is located in Gujarat
Adalaj
Adalaj
Adalaj is located in India
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 11,957
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 382421
Vehicle registration GJ
Website gujaratindia.com

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 ft).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Adalaj had a population of 9,774. 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.

Adalaj Stepwell[edit]

Adalaj stepwell

The Adalaj Stepwell is a popular tourist attraction of the city and is situated 18 kilometres (11 mi) away from 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 deep. The carvings on its walls and pillars include leaves, flowers, birds, fish, geometrical patterns, 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 enter it. On entering, one is greetet by one mandap with an eight-sided dome, which is now damaged. On both sides of steps are balconies with beautiful carvings. Rows of carved elephants mark some of the levels. [3]

Adalaj Trimandir[edit]

13 feet idol of Simandhar Swami

An expansive nonsectarian Trimandir inspired by Dada Bhagwan has taken shape[when?] at Adalaj (near Ahmedabad-Kalol Highway) on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

The Trimandir is a magnificent two storey structure with a discourse hall on the ground floor and temple on the first floor. The entire structure, with a centre shikhar height of 108 feet, is set with intricate carvings on pink sandstone.

The main hall of the temple measures 10,000 square feet (930 m2) and the podium measures 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2). The centre sanctum of Trimandir houses a 13 feet (4.0 m) idol of Simandhar Swami along with the idols of his shaashan dev Chandrayan Yaksh dev and shaashan devi Panchanguli Yakshini devi.

It also houses the idols of other Tirthankars and shaashan dev/devis. The left sanctum of the Trimandir Simandhar Swami at Adalaj Trimandir hosts Shivling, Parvati Devi, Hanumanji and Ganapatiji whereas the right sanctum comprises Krishna Bhagwan, Tirupati Balaji Shreenathji, Bhadrakali Mataji and Amba Mata. The two extreme ends of the temple houses Padmanabh Swami Prabhu (1st Tirthankar of the coming era) and Sai Baba.

Besides Adalaj, similar Trimandirs of varying sizes have cropped up at Rajkot, Bhuj, Godhra, and various other locations.[when?][4]

Jagannath Temple[edit]

Jagannath Temple (JCARC Campus), Gandhinagar is located close to cloverleaf junction of Adalaj, northerly to Trimandir. This is a nice temple of Lord Jagannath of Puri.[5]

Prabha Hanumanji Mandir, Jamiyatpura, Gujarat[edit]

Popular temple of Lord Hanuman at Jamiyatpura, Adalaj is located Northwesterly to Trimandir, less than a kilometer far. The temple complex also houses a Swaminarayan Mandir.

References[edit]

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

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