Cultural Land of Patan
This city of Anhillpur-an abode of religion, a place of logic and embraced by Saraswati for all time is like a Saraswatika.
People of this city (Anhillpur) play a leading role in bravery, in shastras, in self-control,, in meditation, in six schools of philosophy and in six angas of the vedas.
Who would not be curious to know about the history of this city – Patan, the glory of which the great genius and know-all in Kaliyug Acharya Hemchandra, has praised so brilliantly?
History of Patan is full of great variety. There are events of heroism, thrilling adventures of suspense and romantic love episodes.
Kings and queens of Patan were of unique personality. The scholars of this city have cintributed literature of the purest ray to the world. The architecture of Chaulukya period has earned a glorious name for the city and has kept its head high among the architectural works of the world. Because of the step-well of queen Udayamati, Rudra Mahalaya, Lake Sahasralinga, Sun-temple of Modhera, Kumar Vihar, Temple of Panchasara Parsvanth etc. Chaulukya period is called the golden period in this history of Gujurat.
Ministers like Damodar Mehta, Munjal Mehta, Udayan Mehta, Vastupal, Tejpal etc., of whatever sect, shaiv or jain, had equal feeling for the welfare of Patan. Amatyas (ministers) of Patan were not only connoisseur of politics but were also valiant soldiers, priests, archaryas, men of charity, prostitutes etc., of Patan had the quality of greatness.
The sovereign kings of Patan were not only rulers but were men of metaphysics also. The events of stepping down from the throne of a kingdom are rare in the history of any country. But it has happened six times in the history of Gujarat. Six kings of Gujarat had left the throne to lead a pious life on the divine path. The six kings were:
These kings who led the rest of their lives for realization of Self and God were the torch-bearers of Indian culture.
Anhillipur Patan was the seat of learning and culture. This city has contributed considerably in making Gujaray a cultured state. It has done the same for western and southern regions of India also. History has recorded this.
Anhillipur Patan was founded in V.S. 802 remained under Rajput rule upto V.S. 1360. It had a glorious duration of 558 years as the capital of Gujarat. Who would not be eager to know about a city that remained capital for more than five and a half centuries under Rajput rules?