Khedbrahma

Khedbrahma (pronunciation ) is a town and a taluka headquarter in Khedbrahma Taluka of Sabarkantha district, Gujarat, India. It is situated on the banks of Harnav river. The town is connected with mythological history and has been pilgrim site for centuries. The 11th century Brahma, Ambika and Pankhnath Mahadev temples are the oldest monuments of the town. The town has two old stepwells, the Brahma stepwell and the Aditi stepwell. It was under Parmaras, Chaulukyas and Pariharas before it came under Idar State in 13th century.

Khedbrahma
Town
Brahma Temple, built c. 1060 AD.
Brahma Temple, built c. 1060 AD.
Khedbrahma is located in Gujarat
Khedbrahma
Khedbrahma
Location in Gujarat, India
Khedbrahma is located in India
Khedbrahma
Khedbrahma
Khedbrahma (India)
Coordinates: 24°1′42″N 73°2′29″E / 24.02833°N 73.04139°ECoordinates: 24°1′42″N 73°2′29″E / 24.02833°N 73.04139°E
Country India
StateGujarat
DistrictSabarkantha district
Named forBrahma
Government
 • BodyNagar Palika
Elevation
202 m (663 ft)
Population
(2011)
 • Total25,001
Languages
 • OfficialGujarati, Hindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
383255
Area code(s)+91 2775
Vehicle registrationstarting with GJ 9
Sex ratio1000/916 /

Etymology

Brahmakshetra Mahatmaya mentions that that Brahma had established the town so the region was known as Brahmakshetra, the land of Brahma. He ploughed the land here and a river had flown out of it which was later known as Harnav, a corruption of Hiranyaganga which was named after Hiranyagarbh, another name of Brahma.[1][2][3] According to the inscription (Samvat 1256) in Aditi stepwell; the place was known as Brahmapur in Sat Yuga (era), Agnikhet in Treta Yuga, Hiranyapur in Dwapar Yuga and Tulakhet in Kali Yuga.[4][3][5] Brahmanotpattimartand mentions that the place was known as Brahmapur in Sat Yuga, Tryambakpur in Treta and Dwapar Yuga and Brahmakhetak in Kali Yuga.[1]

History

Harnav River Bridge Khedbrahma Gujarat
Bridge on Harnav River

Brahmakshetra Mahatmaya (written after 10th century), the jnati-purana of Khedaval Bhrahmins, is a chief source of the mythological history of the region. It has 18 chapters. It was translated in Gujarati from Sanskrit in 1938. Ganpatishankar Shastri wrote Puratan Brahmakshetra in 1938 which traces mythological and literary history of the region in his book which is chiefly based on Brahmakshetra Mahatmaya.[3][2][1] Mythological narratives describes that the place was associated with Brahma and Bhrigu. Bhrigu had done several yajna (sacrifices) here. The temple ruins of Shiva, Shakti and Surya outskirt of the town confirms it antiquity.[6] Brahmanotpattimartand mentions Brahmakhetak town in south of Mount Abu. It also mentions Hiranya river, confluence of two rivers and Brahma temple housing statues of Brahma and his two consorts.[1] Sabhramati Mahatmya of Padmapurana also mentions the town.[5]

The 15" long, 10" wide and 4" thick bricks were used in foundations of old temples and houses. They had crude finger marks which was a practise of Gupta period. So the settlement can be as old as 4th century.[6][5][7]

The Pankheshwar Mahadev temple was built in early 11th century which has statues of Shiva in one niche dated to this period. The Ambika temple was also built in early 11th century confirmed by the style of its phansana roof. The Brahma Temple was built in late 11th century[8] while the Brahma stepwell was built in the 14th century.[7] The inscription in Aditi stepwell is dated Samvat 1256 (c. 1200) which definitely proves historicity of the town. There are several old Jain temples in the region.[3] Dalpatram has noted that Gadhaiya coins of Gupta period were found during the rebuilding of Nilkanth Mahadev temple near Brahma stepwell in Samvat 1912.[3][6][7] Bhrigu Ashram and Kshirajamba temple are also of older origin. In 1930s, more than hundred Jain images buried in ground were exposed by rain which were later moved to Digambar Jain temple on Idar hill. The practice of burial of images were meant to protect them during raids. These images belonged to 12th century.[6]

The region was under Bhil king of Tarsang who was defeated by Parmara of Malwa. Later it was under Chaulukya dynasty of Patan. The region was later ruled by Parihar Rajputs and came under sway of Rao of Idar State in 13th century. Rana Meghaji came to power in Samvat 1474 who repaired the Brahma temple.[3][1]

In past, the fair was held in February which used to draw large number of pilgrims and traders from Gujarat and Rajasthan. The Kathiawar traders used to raise booths on the south bank of the Harnav river and deal in opium, cloth, copperware, jewelry, grocery, and horses. The fair used to last for fifteen days. Goods worth a lakh were sold. The fair lost its importance from the time of Rao Kalyanmal (about 1630), when the Idar State fell a prey to rebellion and disorder.[9][5] Juvansinhji of Idar restarted the fair in Samvat 1917. In Samvat 1936, Kesharisinhji of Idar got Ambika temple repaired. In Samvat 1947, Gilabchand Manukchand of Vadali took a Sangh (procession) to Ambika temple and built rest house for pilgrims at cost of 2600. In 1920, Daulatsinhji of Idar State order to give land surrounding the Ambika temple to the temple authorities. Between Samvat 1978 and 1987, thirteen rest houses for pilgrims were built near the temples by various donors. Himmatsinhji of Idar had built a hanging bridge on the Harnav river.[3] The bridge was replaced by concrete bridge in 1959 and was expanded in 2017 at the cost of 34 crore.[10]

During the British period, Khedbrahma was under Idar State which was under Mahi Kantha Agency until 1933 when it was included in Sabar Kantha Agency. Sabar Kantha Agency was merged with Eastern Kathiawar Agency on 1 September 1943 which was subsequently merged in Western India States Agency in 1944 followed by Baroda, Western India and Gujarat States Agency (BWIGSA) in 1947. After independence of India in 1947, BWIGSA was merged in Bombay State and Khedbrahma fell under Sabarkantha district. In 1960, Bombay State was later divided along linguistic lines in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Sabarkantha became part of Gujarat. Khedbrahma is headquarter of Khedbrahma Taluka (sub-district).

Geography

The confluence of three small rivers (Triveni Sangam); namely Hiranyakshi, Bhimakshi and Kamakshi; is located here.[5][11][7] These rivers are also known as Hiranyaganga, Bhimashankari and Kosambi respectively.[3][6][7] Harnav river is also referred as Hiranyaksh or Harnai river.[9][12] After the confluence, the river is known as Harnav which empties in reservoir of Dharoi dam built on Sabarmati river down stream. Harnav river divides the town in north and south parts.[12][13]

Climate

Khedbrahma has a tropical climate. According to Köppen–Geiger climate classification system, this climate is classified as Tropical savanna climate (Aw). The average annual temperature is 26.5 °C. Average precipitation is 843 mm.[14]

Demographics

According to 2011 Census of India, Khedbrahma municipality had a population of 25,001. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Khedbrahma has an average literacy rate of 67%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 73%, and female literacy is 56%. In Khedbrahma, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.[15] In 1991, Khedbrahma had population of 17,114.[5] In 1974, it had population of 8,858.[7]

Civic administration

Nagar Seva Sadan Khedbrahma
Nagar Seva Sadan, Khedbrahma

Khedbrahma has a Nagar Palika (municipality) and is Taluka headquarter. The municipality was established on 15 April 1994. There are 9 wards and 27 seats in municipality. There are 15 seats for reserved categories and 12 seats for unreserved categories.[16] Khedbrahma constituency is represented in Gujarat Legislative Assembly by one elected member.

Places of interest

Brahma temple

Brahmaji Temple of Khedbrahma8
Idol of Brahma in Temple

According to the Brahmakshetra Mahatmaya or Brahma Purana, this place owes its sanctity to a desire of Brahma to free himself from impurity. Vishnu, whom he consulted as to the means, advised him to perform a sacrifice at some holy spot in Bharatkhand in the Jambudvipa, and get learned Brahmin to officiate for him. Under Brahma's orders, Vishwakarma built a city on the right bank of the Sabarmati south of mount Abu, nine kilometres (4 kos) round. It had golden ramparts and twenty-four gates and through it flowed the river Hiranyaksh, the modern Harnav. He then created 9000 Brahmins to officiate at the yajna. And, when the sacrifice was over, and the impurity removed, to maintain his Brahmins, he created 18,000 Vaishyas and gave them Kshirja as their family goddess. Before withdrawing from the world, he let the Brahmins dedicate a shrine to him, and place in it his four-faced image.[9][7]

Brahma Vaaav Khedbrahma
Brahma Vav

Khedbrahma has a temple dedicated to Brahma which is rarely seen in India, only second to Pushkar.[5] It was built in third quarter of the 11th century during reign of Chaulukya king Karna.[17][8] This east facing temple is built of white sandstone and cement-covered bricks. It is fifty-seven feet long, thirty broad, and thirty-six high. The sanctum is 32 feet wide which is navaratha in anga and hastangula in plan and is of fully decorated class. Its pitha (base), the vedibandha and the mandovara (middle part of the wall) is resemble to the temple at Sunak. The spire, mandapa (dome) and doorway must have been destroyed which are rebuilt later in bricks and mortar. The lower part of main shrine is intact and is filled with images of gods, goddesses and apsaras. These images in jangha portion are poorly retouched. The chauri-barers on nandika are elegantly carved which are common in 11th century temples. The phansana roof resembles Vimala Vasahi temple and is crowned with a ghanta. There are images of Brahma in the niches on the three sides. The interior is devoid of any ornamental carving. The image of four faced standing Brahma is 1.8 m (5' 6") high and has two consorts on each side, Gayatri and Savitri. The image seems later installation or the older image plaster with cement to merge broken parts.[9][11][13][3][6][8]

Brahma stepwell

There is a stepwell, situated opposite the Brahma temple, known as Brahma Vav. It is built with grey granite stone. It is constructed in east-west direction; the entrance is in the east and the well is in the west. It is 38.10 metres long; 30 metres of stepped corridor and the well of 8.10 metre diameter. The stepwell becomes narrower as one goes downwards and to the well. It has four kuta (pavilion-towers) where fourth is attached to the well. The breadth is 8.50 metres (including parapet wall) and 6.60 metres (without parapet wall) at the entrance which decreases to 5.4 metres in second kuta and 3.90 metres in the third kuta. It had row of miniature shrines as an ornamentation in the wall of shaft of the stepwell which suggests it was built in 14th century. There is no inscription in the stepwell to ascertain its age. They resemble temple spires and has niches. It has 27 niches without any idols now. It is now in despair due to lack of maintenance.[18][4] There are some paliya (hero stone) dedicated to Dhabi gatekeepers of the village who were died fighting Maharaja Shivsinhji of Idar around Samvat 1800. The inscriptions on them are worn out.[3]

Aditi stepwell

Other historical stepwell, Aditi Vav is located on the north to the Brahma Vav on the way to Ambika temple. It was also known as Vikram Vav. An inscription dated Vaishakh Vad 1, Samvat 1256, Monday is present in the stepwell.[7][19][3] The inscription states following: The stepwell was built by Vikram of Talukhet (former name of town) who was son of Nagshri and Someshwar. Nagshri was daughter of Vasudev who was in turn son of Vaman who were Brahmin of Shandilya Gotra and had done several sacrifices. Someshwar's grandfather's name was who was in turn son of Surdev who were Brahmins of Kaushik Gotra of Vishwamitra Kula. The inscription was written by local Brahmin Sarvadev and the stepwell was constructed under the architect, Shamal who was son of Devdhar. The inscription starts with respect to Ganesha, Saraswati, Brahman and Brahma followed by names of the town in each Yuga (era).[3]

The stepwell is considered sacred by Humad Digambara Jains and Khedaval Brahmins who worship their patron deities in the stepwell.[20][3]

Ambika temple

Situated in north-east of the town, the Ambika temple was originally built in the early 11th century and renovated many time subsequently.[17] It is also known as Nana Ambaji to distinguish it from Arasur Ambaji.[7] The older parts of the modern temple belong to the 17th century.[6] The temple is simple rectangular chamber with mukhamandapa in front. The base has an unusually thick jadyakumbha, a karnika and a plain pattika. It is followed by a vedibandha and a plain mandovara relieved by three niches, now empty. The temple is roofed by phansana topped by three ghanatas in a row, the form only seen in 11th century. The mukhamandapa has usual moulding of mattavarana.[8] The square of temple was known as Chachar Chowk. The temple is north-facing. The older idols in the temple complex include Ganesha idol on the entrance and Hanuman and Kal Bhairava idols. Of Brahmani, Sarasvati, Tripurasundari idols; the first two were originally found during excavation for construction of the main entrance or the rest house.[3] Every year many pilgrims come to Ambika temple especially during September–October due to Bhadarvi Purnima festival. It is also known as Nana Ambaji Temple.[4] There are fairs organised on full moon days in Hindu calendar months of Kartika, Chaitra and Bhadrapada.[7] Pushya Purnima (full moon day of February–March) is important because it is considered as a foundation day (Pragatya Divas) of the temple.[21][22] The temple is also known as Nana Ambaji.[4][5]

Bhrigurishi Ashram

There is also the Bhrigurishi ashram and a Bhrigunath Mahadev temple which is associated with folklores and Puranic stories. It is located in southeast of the town, on the south bank of the river and near the hillock.[6]

According to the Brahmakshetra Mahatmaya, the temple was built by Bhrigu, Brahma's son who was once sent by the seers, rishi, to find out who was the noblest of the Hindu trinity. Insulting Brahma and Rudra, they got angry and threatened to punish him. Seeking out Vishnu, Bhrigu was bold enough to place his foot on the god's chest. Instead of resenting, the kindly god asked the seer's pardon for the hardness of his breast. Bhrigu returned and praised Vishnu as the noblest of the gods. To wipe out the sin of insulting the gods, Bhrigu came to Brahma Kshetra, bathed in the Hiranyaksh, made his hermitage the seat of a Shiva, and performed such rigid austerities, that Shiva was pleased and freed him from his sin.[9][3][5][7]

Kshirjamba Mahalaxmi temple

The temple dedicated to Kshirjamba or Kshetramba is located on the hill near the Bhrigurishi Ashram.[6]

According to the Brahmakshetra Mahatmaya or Brahma Purana legend, Kshirja was the family goddess of people created during the yajna of Brahma.[9]

Pankhanath Mahadev temple

Near the confluence of rivers, on the north bank opposite the Bhrigurishi Ashram, there is an old Pankhanath or Pankheshwar or Pankshindra Mahadev temple dedicated to Shiva. It is west-facing plain simple temple which is restored several times. In the back-niche of mandovara of temple, there is a figure of Nataraja (Shivatandav) with eight hands which helps in deciding the dating of the temple.[11][7] There is also one more Shiva figure in other form. The temple belongs to c. 11th century, built during reign of Bhima I of Chaulukya dynasty, contemporary of Sun Temple, Modhera.[7][8] In the sanctum, there is a small protuberance instead of an elaborate lingam which is considered swayambhu (self-existent) by the devotees.[6]

According to the legend mentioned in Brahmakshetra Mahatmaya, the serpent king Pingal Nag had enmity towards the Garuda. He had taken a form of Brahmin to escape from the Garuda and hid in Brahmakshetra. He exposed his true form to his Brahmin wife on occasion of Nag Panchami. The Garuda came to know and there a battle between them. The wing of the Garuda was broken off in the battle and the temple was erected at the place of the battle to commemorate it and named Pankhanath.[6][1]

Other temples

Kashi Vishwanath Mahadev Temple Khedbrahma Gujarat
Kashi Vishwanath Mahadev Temple

Hatakeshwar Hanuman temple located in old town is considered old. Near the Brahma stepwell, there is a Nilkanth Mahadev temple. There is an inscription dated Samvat 1912 about renovation of earlier temple.[7][3] Kashi Vishvanath Mahadev temples is situated on the south bank of the river which are popular locally. Mahavira Jain temple, situated in northern part of town, is almost 500 years old. The central catechu coloured idol of Mahavira is 90 cm in height and in Padmasana position.[12][13][7][19]

Amenities

Government Taluka Library of Khedbrahma Gujarat
Government Taluka Library
Aradhana cinema Khedbrahma
Aradhana cinema

The town has a Government Taluka Library. There are two cinemas in the town including Aradhana. There is a 150-bed government referral hospital equipped with modern medical facilities which was opened in August 2015.[23] The town has all major national bank branches and some cooperative banks.[7]

Education

Khedbrahma has educational institutions teaching from primary level to graduation.[5]

Higher education

  • Arrdekta College of Engineering
  • D. D. Thakar Arts and K. J. Patel Commerce College
  • Krishi Polytechnic affiliated to Dantiwada Agriculture University
  • Industrial Training Institute and Skill Certification Centre

Schools

  • Ramjibapa KKP Kanya Vidyalaya
  • Jyoti High School
  • Sheth Keshavji Thakarsinh High School
  • Chanchalba Government Primary School
  • Asiana English School
  • Gravity School

Economy

Khedbrahma has a cooperative ginning factory, sawmills, cement pipe factories and an Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC).[7]

Transportation

Khedbrahma is connected to all major towns of Sabarkantha district by State Highway No. 9.[7] There is a bus-station of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation connecting all major cities of Gujarat. There is a railway station.[5] As of 2017, the rail service is stopped for two and half years due to ongoing work of gauge conversion.[24] It was a terminal station of the metre gauge railway line connecting Khedbrahma to Himmatnagar and Ahmedabad.[7]

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Ambaji

Ambaji (Ambājī) is a census town in Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat, India. It is known for its historical and mythological connections with sites of cultural heritage.

Bhrigu

Maharishi Bhrigu (Sanskrit: Bhṛgu) was one of the seven great sages, the Saptarshis, one of the many Prajapatis (the facilitators of Creation) created by Brahma. He was born in Ballia. The first compiler of predictive astrology, and also the author of Bhrigu Samhita, the astrological (Jyotish) classic, Bhrigu is considered a Manasa Putra ("mind-born-son") of Brahma. The adjectival form of the name, Bhargava, is used to refer to the descendants and the school of Bhrigu. According to Manusmriti, Bhrigu was a compatriot of and lived during the time of Manu, the Hindu progenitor of humanity. Bhrigu had his Ashram (Hermitage) on the Vadhusar River, a tributary of the Drishadwati River near Dhosi Hill in the Vedic state of Brahmavarta, presently on the border of Haryana and Rajasthan in India. Along with Manu, Bhrigu had made important contributions to Manusmriti, which was constituted out of a sermon to a congregation of saints in the state of Brahmavarta, after the great floods in this area, nearly 10,000 years ago.

As per Skanda Purana, Bhrigu migrated to Bhrigukutch, modern Bharuch on the banks of Narmada river in Gujarat, leaving his son Chyavana at Dhosi Hill.

He was married to Khyati, a daughter of Daksha. They had two sons and one daughter, named Dhata and Vidhata. Their daughter Lakshmi married Vishnu (Narayana). He had one more son with Kavyamata (Usana), who is better known than Bhrigu himself – Shukra, learned sage and guru of the asuras. The sage Chyavana is also said to be his son with Puloma. [Maha:1.5] One of his descendants was sage Jamadagni, who in turn was the father of sage Parashurama, considered an avatar of Vishnu.

Brahma

Brahma (Sanskrit: ब्रह्मा, IAST: Brahmā) is the creator god in Hinduism. He is also known as Svayambhu (self-born) or the creative aspect of Vishnu, Vāgīśa (Lord of Speech), and the creator of the four Vedas, one from each of his mouths. Brahma is consort of Saraswati and he is the father of Four Kumaras, Narada, Daksha, Marichi and many more.Brahma is sometimes identified with the Vedic god Prajapati, he is also known as Vedanatha (god of Vedas), Gyaneshwar (god of Knowledge), Chaturmukha (having Four Faces) Svayambhu (self born), Brahmanarayana (half Brahma and half Vishnu), etc, as well as linked to Kama and Hiranyagarbha (the cosmic egg). He is more prominently mentioned in the post-Vedic Hindu epics and the mythologies in the Puranas. In the epics, he is conflated with Purusha. Although, Brahma is part of the Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Trimurti, ancient Hindu scriptures mention multiple other trinities of gods or goddesses which do not include Brahma.Several Puranas describe him as emerging from a lotus, connected to the navel of Lord Vishnu. Other Puranas suggest that he is born from Shiva or his aspects, or he is a supreme god in diverse versions of Hindu mythology. Brahma, along with other deities, is sometimes viewed as a form (saguna) of the otherwise formless (nirguna) Brahman, the ultimate metaphysical reality in Vedantic Hinduism. In an alternate version, some Puranas state him to be the father of Prajapatis.According to some, Brahma does not enjoy popular worship in present-age Hinduism and has lesser importance than the other members of the Trimurti, Vishnu and Shiva. Brahma is revered in ancient texts, yet rarely worshiped as a primary deity in India. Very few temples dedicated to him exist in India; the most famous being the Brahma Temple, Pushkar in Rajasthan. Brahma temples are found outside India, such as at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.

Chitra Vichitra Fair

The Chitra Vichitra Fair is an annual tribal fair held in northern Gujarat, India. The fair is an event for families who have lost a member in the past year to mourn the departed, accompanied by festivities and matchmaking. The fair attracts around 60,000 visitors, primarily tribal populations from surrounding villages in Gujarat and Rajasthan.The fair is held in Gunbhankhari village of Khedbrahma taluka, Sabarkantha District, Gujarat, near the Gujarat-Rajasthan border. The site of the fair is on the banks of the Wakal River, and the location is considered sacred because of the confluence of three rivers in the area - Sabarmati, Wakal, and Pamri.

The fair occurs over the two days abutting the first eve of the new moon (Amavasya) following the festival of Holi, which typically falls in March or April in the Gregorian calendar. The fair commences on the eve of the new moon, when families submerge ashes of their departed family members in the river and mourn their passing through the night. The next day, a fair takes place at the location.

Gippy Grewal

Gippy Grewal is an Indian actor, singer-songwriter, film director and film producer whose works span over Punjabi and Hindi film industry.

His single Phulkari broke many records in the Punjabi music industry. He made his acting debut in the 2010 movie, Mel Karade Rabba, and which he followed with Carry On Jatta, Lucky Di Unlucky Story, Bhaji in Problem and Jatt James Bond. He revived "PTC Best Actor Award" in 2011 for his performance in the 2011 film Jihne Mera Dil Luteya. He received the "PIFAA Best Actor Award" in 2012 along with Diljit Dosanjh and received "PTC Best Actor Award" in 2015 for Jatt James Bond along with Diljit Dosanjh. After his hit movie Faraar, he came with Kaptaan and lock in 2016.

Gujarat Legislative Assembly

Gujarat Legislative Assembly or Gujarat Vidhan Sabha is the unicameral legislature of the Indian state of Gujarat. It is situated in the capital Gandhinagar. Presently, 182 members of the Legislative Assembly are directly elected from the single-seat constituencies and one member is nominated. It has term of 5 years unless it is dissolved sooner. 13 constituencies are reserved for scheduled castes and 27 constituencies for scheduled tribes.

Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation

Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) is a state owned corporation for passenger transport providing bus services both within state of Gujarat, India and neighbouring states. It has a fleet of 7467 buses. It has a workforce of 40,000.

Karna (Chaulukya dynasty)

Karna (r. c. 1064–1092 CE) was an Indian king from the Chaulukya (Solanki) dynasty of Gujarat. He ruled the present-day Gujarat and surrounding areas, from his capital Anahilapataka (modern Patan).

Karna succeeded his father Bhima I, who had invaded the Paramara kingdom of Malwa at the time of Bhoja's death. Karna was forced to retreat from Malwa by Bhoja's brother Udayaditya. He annexed Lata to the Chaulukya territory by defeating a Kalachuri general, but lost it within a few years. He also suffered a defeat against the Chahamanas of Naddula, who raided the Chaulukya capital during his reign.

Karna is credited with defeating a Bhil chief of Ashapalli, and laying the foundation of the Karnavati city, identified with the modern Ahmedabad in western India. Karna married Mayanalladevi, who was the mother of his son and successor Jayasimha Siddharaja.

Khedbrahma (Vidhan Sabha constituency)

Khedbrahma assembly constituency (ખેડબ્રહ્મા વિધાનસભા બેઠક) is one of the 182 assembly constituency of Gujarat. It is located in Sabarkantha District. This seat is reserved for member of Scheduled tribes.

List of Scheduled Tribes in Gujarat

The population of Gujarat in 2011 Census of India was 60,439,692 Of this 8,917,174 persons belong to one of the Scheduled Tribes (STs) constituting 14.75 per cent of the total population of the state. The state has registered 21.4 per cent decadal growth in the Scheduled Tribe population between 1991-2001.

List of constituencies of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly

This is a list of constituencies of Gujarat Legislative Assembly or Gujarat Vidhan Sabha (ગુજરાત વિધાનસભા). It is the unicameral legislature of the Indian state of Gujarat. It is situated in the capital Gandhinagar. The first was elected in 1962. Presently, there are 182 constituencies where members are directly elected.

List of districts of Gujarat

The western Indian state of Gujarat has 33 districts after several splits of the original 17 districts at the formation of the state in 1960.

Kutch is the largest district of Gujarat while Dang is the smallest. Ahmedabad district has the highest population while Dang has the lowest. Surat is the most densely populated district while Kutch is the least.

There are 250 Talukas (subdivisions of districts) in Gujarat.

Modheshwari

Modheshwarimata (Gujarati: મોઢેશ્વરી) is an aspect of the devi Parvati or Durga. She is the clan deity of the Modh community of Gujarat.

Phulwari ki Nal Wildlife Sanctuary

Phulwari ki Nal Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Udaipur District of Rajasthan, in the southern Aravalli Hills bordering the state of Gujarat, India. It was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary on 6 October 1983, by the Government of Rajasthan.

Sabarkantha (Lok Sabha constituency)

Sabarkantha Lok Sabha constituency (Gujarati: સાબરકાંઠા લોકસભા મતવિસ્તાર)is one of 26 Lok Sabha (parliamentary) constituencies in Gujarat state in western India.

Sabarkantha district

Sabarkantha district is one of the 33 districts of Gujarat state of India and is located in the northeastern part of the state. The administrative headquarters of the district are located in Himmatnagar.

Vaghela Derol

Vaghela Derol is a village situated in Khedbrahma Taluka of Sabarkantha District in Gujarat state.

It is an ancient village, which was earlier known as Devpurinagari. The village has many ancient Jain temples of historical significance.

18,000 dasha humad samaj is originally from Derol.

Climate data for Khedbrahma (1982-2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 26.9
(80.4)
30.4
(86.7)
34.5
(94.1)
38.4
(101.1)
40.4
(104.7)
37.7
(99.9)
32.3
(90.1)
30.9
(87.6)
32.2
(90.0)
34.5
(94.1)
31.9
(89.4)
28.7
(83.7)
33.2
(91.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 18.8
(65.8)
21.7
(71.1)
26.1
(79.0)
30.4
(86.7)
33.4
(92.1)
32.3
(90.1)
28.7
(83.7)
27.5
(81.5)
27.9
(82.2)
27.4
(81.3)
23.2
(73.8)
20.1
(68.2)
26.5
(79.6)
Average low °C (°F) 10.8
(51.4)
13.0
(55.4)
17.8
(64.0)
22.5
(72.5)
26.4
(79.5)
26.9
(80.4)
25.2
(77.4)
24.2
(75.6)
23.6
(74.5)
20.3
(68.5)
14.5
(58.1)
11.5
(52.7)
19.7
(67.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 3
(0.1)
0
(0)
1
(0.0)
1
(0.0)
2
(0.1)
73
(2.9)
321
(12.6)
257
(10.1)
165
(6.5)
15
(0.6)
3
(0.1)
2
(0.1)
843
(33.1)
Source: Climate-Data.org (altitude: 207m)[14]

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