Vansada is one of the two former princely states of south Gujarat
- Vansada and Dharampur. Vansada town is surrounded by dense bamboo
forests and probably derives its name from 'Vans', meaning bamboo
Vansada is in Valsad district of Gujarat. It is located at 20°48'
N and 73°24'E.
The history of the Vansada State dates back to at least
750 years and the rulers of Vansada are the descendants of Chalukya
(Solanki) Rajput clan. Vansada was the capital of the princely State
of Vansada, until the independence of India in 1947 AD. Maharaval
Virsinhji founded the present day fortified town of Vansada in 1781
AD, in picturesque location, at the southern foothills of the Sahyadri
range. Before founding the city, as per Hindu religious traditions,
King Raval Virsinhji built three temples -Vireshwar Mahadev, Vireshwari
Mata and Virabhadra Hanuman - to sanctify the site chosen for constructing
a new town.
Maharaja Pratapsinhji became the king of Vansada in 1885 AD. Soon
after his accession, he introduced tax reforms, a banking system
and provided generous public charity during the terrible famine
of 1890 AD. His able administration over the years resulted in surplus
wealth in the State treasury. He was visionary ruler and under his
patronage, several architectural and urban design projects were
constructed in Vansada, for the benefit of the public. The Clock
Tower, Town hall, Anglo-Vernacular School Library and Ratankunwarba
Hospital have been built during his regime, which changed the skyline
of Vansada town forever.
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