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Image of Vanraj Chavda
According to Merutunga's Prabandhachintamani, Jayashekhara's wife, Rupasundari, fled to the forests of Radhanpur and gave birth to a son and named him Vanaraja (king of forests). A Jain Acharya, Shilagunasuri, purchased the boy from her and gave him to sadhvi Viramati for raising. He was educated by Jain priests and gained an academic as well as a military education. He eventually raised an army of Bhil (tribal) men and helped by his friend lieutenant Anhil, regained his father's lost kingdom and established the city of Anhilwad Patan in 746. He named it in honour of Anhil, and made it the capital of his kingdom. It went on to be the most prosperous cities of its time in India. He also founded the city of Champaner, in honour one of his generals, Champa.
Vanraj Chavda was succeeded by his son, Yograj Chavda.
- Cort, John E., ed. (1998), Open Boundaries: Jain Communities and Cultures in Indian History, SUNY Press, ISBN 0-7914-3785-X
- Cort, John E. (2001), Jains in the World : Religious Values and Ideology in India, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-513234-3
- District Map of Patan (includes brief history) at mapsofindia.com
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