Thangadh

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Thangadh
થાનગઢ
city
Thangadh is located in Gujarat
Thangadh
Thangadh
Thangadh is located in India
Thangadh
Thangadh
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 22°34′N 71°11′E / 22.567°N 71.183°E / 22.567; 71.183Coordinates: 22°34′N 71°11′E / 22.567°N 71.183°E / 22.567; 71.183
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Surendranagar
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 42,351
Language
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration GJ
Website gujaratindia.com

Thangadh is an industrial town and a municipality located southwest of Surendranagar in Surendranagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat.

A large number of small-scale Ceramic manufacturing units are located around Thangadh. Thangadh, Wankaner and Morbi form the Ceramic triangle.[2] There are almost 300 units, including Sompuras, Witco Potteries, etc. The ceramic units employ several thousand unskilled workers in the region. Chief products are Sanitaryware, such as Wash Basins and Water Closets, and Glazed Wall Tiles. Export destinations include the Middle East, African Countries, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Culture[edit]

Thangadh in Saurashtrian region by faith worship serpents. Thangadh land is called the land of the snake. Dev Nag Vasuki is worshiped in this city. Vasuki nag is the a rustic god or gramya devta in thangadh. Vasuki mandir temple is located near the Pritam pond. On the occasion of Nag Panchami devotees flock to the Vasuki mandir temple.

Saurashtra was once called the Pataad Pradesh reigned by the Snake Worshipers. The Vasuki Mandir is situated in Than. Small miniature shrines dedicated to the Snake-God have been built in Surendranagar and the adjoining place. Vasuki-Bhandiyabeli, Chandra Lipya-Shapar-Nagadka are the important ones. Vasuki Takshak - Shesh was the chief of the Naga-Sarp ancestry and Vasuki was the ancestral god of the royal Lakthar family of Than. The Snake worship became prevalent ever since then and related rituals are performed to this day.

Tarnetar is 10 km away. A fair, Mela in Gujarati, is held every year around first week of Bhadarva(Hindu Month) there and attracts tourists from all-over India and world. The fair showcases the colourful and vibrant culture of the Saurashtra region.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[3] Thangadh had a population of more than 75,000. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Thangadh has an average literacy rate of 59%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 67%, and female literacy is 49%. In Thangadh, 16% of the population is aged under 6 years.

Chhatri and Paliyas at Thangadh photographed in 1874 by James Burgess

Railway junction[edit]

Thangadh is served by railway junction station called Than. The railway code of station is THAN.[4]

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