Thangadh

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 a ceramic manufacturing hub, which employ several thousand staff.[2] The main products are sanitaryware, tiles and tableware.

Thangadh
થાનગઢ
city
Thangadh is located in Gujarat
Thangadh
Thangadh
Location in Gujarat, India
Thangadh is located in India
Thangadh
Thangadh
Thangadh (India)
Coordinates: 22°34′N 71°11′E / 22.567°N 71.183°ECoordinates: 22°34′N 71°11′E / 22.567°N 71.183°E
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

Culture

Thangadh is called the land of the snake. Dev Nag Vasuki is worshiped in the city, who is a rustic god. The Vasuki mandir temple is located near the Pritam pond, and is visited by devotes visit on the occasion of Nag Panchami.

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 adjoining places. 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 subsequently became prevalent, and related rituals are still performed.

Tarnetar is 10 km away, where there is an annual fair, Mela in Gujarati, held around first week of the Hindu month of Bhadarva.

Demographics

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.

Chattri and Paliyas, Than, Kathiawar, Gujarat, India
Chhatri and Paliyas at Thangadh photographed in 1874 by James Burgess

Railway junction

Thangadh is served by the railway station of Than. There are total 3 platforms.[4]

References

  1. ^ http://www.censusindia.gov.in/pca/SearchDetails.aspx?Id=541890
  2. ^ http://www.ceramictownthangadh.com
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  4. ^ [1]

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