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Amreli district,Gujarat

Amreli district is one of the 33 administrative districts of the state of Gujarat in western India. The district headquarters are located at Amreli. The district occupies an area of 6,760 km² and has a population of 1,513,614 of which 22.45% were urban (as of 2011). From Amreli district maximum number of NRI in USA from Saurashtra. Amreli is land of Yogiji Maharaj, Danbapu, Sage Muldas, Sage Bhojalrambapa, Sage Muktanand Swami, Magician K.Lal, Zaverchand Megahani’s place (Bagasara), Dr. Jivaraj Mehata etc. Amreli covers Gir National forest sanctuary area. Now it is developing as a Hub of Education.

History

Initially, Amreli was a small village with an ancient history, and part of various kingdoms and empires established in the area. It shot into prominence, turning from village to town, when the Marathas began acquiring territory and establishing their reign over the region in 1780s. Besides levying taxes on the other rulers of the Kathiawar Peninsula, the Gaekwads also acquired their own territory and chose Amreli as the headquarters for their “Kathewad Pranth”, which included Dwarka mandal. Vithalrao Devaji was appointed the Diwan (1801–1820), and during this period, Amreli grew and prospered. Vithalrao Devaji converted much of the adjoining forest land into farm land to realise revenue and also built the Nagnath Mahadev temple. Later in 1886, under the Gaikwad regime, compulsory and free education policy was adopted in Amreli for the first time. From 18th century to 1959, Dwarika and Okhamandal was part of Gaikwad – Amreli state but after 1959, those two cities were merged with Jamnagar district. After independence the district became the part of Bombay State and a separate district in Gujarat State after the bifurcation of Bombay State.

Attractions

  • Jafari Mazaar (Bohra Dargah of Jafarji Moala)
  • Nagnath Temple (built by Vithalrao Devaji)
  • Tower of Amreli
  • Palace of King
  • Shri Girdharilal Sangrahalaya Children Museum and Computer Education Centre(E-Library)
  • Gandhi Bag (Gandhi Garden)
  • Kamnath Dam & Mahadev Temple
  • Kailash Muktidham
  • Siddhi Vinayak Temple
  • Guru Datta Temple
  • Kamani Forward High School
  • Kamani Science & Prataprai Arts College
  • Rokadiya Hanuman Temple
  • Balaji Hanuman Temple
  • Sai Baba Temple (Sardarnagar)
  • Gayatri Temple
  • Swaminarayan Temple
  • Sukhnath Mahadev Temple
  • Rameshwar mahadev Temple
  • Dwarkadhish Haveli
  • Mahatma Muldas Bapu Dham
  • Jivan Mukteshwar Temple
  • Shri Bhojalram Dham
  • Balaji Hanumanji (Rangpur Road)
  • Surya Garden Restaurant
  • Dada bhagvan temple
  • Attractions (Surrounding Amreli)

  • Garaneshvar Mahadev Temple, Garni
  • Bhurakhiya Hanuman Temple, Lathi
  • Pania Wildlife Sanctuary, Gir
  • Swaminarayan Gurukul, Taravada
  • Dhari Khodiyar Dam & Galadhara Khodiyar Mata Temple, Dhari
  • Dhari Gir National sanctuary, Gir
  • Yogiji Temple, Dhari
  • Dangigev Temple, Chalala
  • Leuva Patel Sankul
  • Varhaswarup Temple, Jafrabad
  • Sarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Jafrabad
  • Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple, Jafrabad
  • Lunasapuriya Temple, Jafrabad
  • Shiyal bet, Jafrabad
  • Jafrabad Fort, Jafrabad
  • Pipavav Port, Rajula
  • Pipavav Dham, Rajula
  • Ballad Mata Mandir, Rajula
  • Chanch Bungalow, Rajula
  • UltraTech Cement Factory, Rajula
  • Sana Vakya Caves, Timbi
  • Hanuman Gala, Khambha
  • Pandav Kund, Babra
  • Dadva Randal Mata Temple, Babra
  • Varahi Mata Temple, Savarkundla
  • Varudi Mata Temple, Amarpur(Varudi)
  • Amarpur Varudi Primary School
  • Rokadiya Hanumanji Temple, Amreli
  • Famous people

  • Dilip Sanghvi, said to be 2nd richest person in India.
  • K Lal Magician, a magician born in Mavjinjava village, Amreli district.
  • Yogiji Maharaj – Sadhu Gnãnjivandas (May 23, 1892 – January 23, 1971), commonly known as Yogiji Maharaj, was a Hindu sadhu and guru who is recognized as the fourth spiritual successor to Swaminarayan by the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam
  • Dina Pathak is famous Bollywood actress & president of National Federation of Indian Women.
  • Dr. N. D. Rathod, a leading research scientist hailed from Amreli. Dr. Rathod’s research areas are Agriculture, Agri-ecology, Plant Physiology and grassland. His research work honored by the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (a former name of Texas A&M University, USA). He has served in the field as a research head, fellow and scientist. He has practiced his research work for Gujarat Agriculture University (India), Texas A&M University (USA); including research projects of the World Bank. Dr. Rathod has also served as a head research scientist at South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
  • Ramesh Oza, is a Hindu preacher famous for Bhagwat Kathakar from a small village Devka near Rajula of Amreli district
  • Savji Dhanji Dholakia, the Indian diamond merchant from Surat and the founder of Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd., hails from Dudhala village.