Champaner – Pavagadh, Gujarat
Champaner is a city in the state of Gujarat that is steeped in history and culture. It is located at the foothills of Pavagadh Hill in Panchmahal district and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Indian medieval architecture. This city is a living example of the glorious past of Gujarat, and the many monuments and mosques that are there are a testament to the rich heritage of the place.
The city of Champaner was established by Sultan Mahmud Begada of Gujarat in the late fifteenth century. This city was the former capital of Gujarat and was built as a fortified city with walls and gates to protect it from any intruders. The city is also known for its many monuments, mosques, and palaces that were built during the rule of Sultan Mahmud Begada.
The most famous monument in Champaner is the Pavagadh Hill, which is also known as the “Hill of the Gods”. It is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site and is considered to be one of the most important religious sites in Gujarat. The hill is surrounded by many temples and shrines which were built by the Chalukya dynasty, who ruled the region from the 9th to 13th centuries.
Another famous monument in Champaner is the Jama Masjid, which was built by Sultan Mahmud Begada in 1513. This mosque is one of the largest in India, and is a beautiful example of Islamic architecture. The mosque is made up of a vast courtyard, with several domes and minarets that are decorated with intricate carvings. It also has a large collection of ancient manuscripts, which are a testimony to the rich cultural and religious history of Gujarat.