is an ancient sacred town on the banks of the Saraswati River. It
is a taluka of Mehsana district. It is located at 23°45' N and
72°37'E. Sidhpur derives its name from the great ruler of Gujarat,
Siddhraj Jaisinh, who constructed a magnificent Shiva Temple in
12th Century AD, Rudra Mahalay, at this town. The entire townscape
of Sidhpur is dotted with temples, kunds, ashrams and sacred buildings
along the banks of the Saraswati River.
In ancient times, two significant aspects - the natural features
of the Saraswati River and the man-made feature of the Rudra Mahalaya
- influenced the urban structures of Sidhpur.
It finds mention in the Skanda Puran as Sristhala. The unique geographical
feature of the Saraswati stream turning eastwards lends special
sanctity to this place. For all the Hindus, this is the place to
perform the Matru Shraddh (the ritual ceremony for maternal spirits).
This significance is the reason for the large population of Brahmins,
who act as priests in such ceremonies. These ceremonies are performed
at Kapilamuni Ashram where three sacred water kunds exist-Gyan Vapika,
Alpa Sarovar and Bindu Sarovar. For anyone interested in the Hindu
religious ceremonies it is well worth a visit.
General Information & Accomdation info on Sidhpur city of Gujarat