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ભાદરણ
Paris of Gaekwad State
ભાદરણ
Location of ભાદરણ
in Gujarat and India
Coordinates 22°21′33″N 72°54′02″E / 22.3593°N 72.9005°E / 22.3593; 72.9005
Country  India
State Gujarat
District(s) Anand
Panchayat Pramukh Shailesh Rambhai Patel
Population
Density
10147 (2008)
2,029 /km2 (5,255 /sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Area
Elevation
5 km2 (2 sq mi)
30 m (98 ft)

Bhadran is a village in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is in the Anand district. Bhadran was nicknamed the "Paris of Gaekwad state" due to its prosperity and civil works carried out by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the visionary ruler of Baroda.

Contents

Legend

Years ago in Padampur, nearly two kilometres away from Bhadran town, there used to live two very strong brothers named Bhadrasur and Aghasur. The majority of the people here were very cruel. They defeated Devas with a power graced by Mahadevji. Agonized Devas prayed to the mighty goddess Uma and two Shakties named Bhadrakali and Ambaji, were created.

Bhadrakali and Ambaji killed Bhdrasur and Aghasur respectively so Devas established temples of both Matajis. In due course Padampur was destroyed. In Samvat 1232 (1176 AC) on Sunday the sudi 11(before full moon) of month Vaishakh Bhadrapur later known as Bhadrn and finally as the time passed, today's BHADRAN, was officially formed. Garasia and Patidar communities were the main population.

According to the Data in the Family Tree of the Patels of the seven towns, published in 1925 C.E., the first Patel, named Ananda, came from Anklav in Samvat 1415 and lived here.

Gradually his generations, as new Patel's used to live and settle with them. From the eleventh generation of four brothers, eldest and the second number named Revandas and Dhanjibhai respectively started to live in a section called Moti Khadki. Third and fourth numbers named Harkhjibhai and Manjibhai, in another section called Nani Khadki. Together with above, now, Bhadran is flourishing with the influx of all different communities with new Patels from different places.

Geography and Climate

Bhadran is located at 22° 21′ 33.48″ N, 72° 54′ 1.8″ E. The total area of Bhadran is around 5 square kilometres. The village is located on the fertile plains of Mahi river, 10 kilometres north of mouth of Mahi river where it meets Gulf of Khambhat.

There are three main seasons: Summer, Monsoon and Winter. Aside from the monsoon season, the climate is dry. The weather is hot through the months of March to July — the average summer maximum is 36 °C (97 °F), and the average minimum is 23 °C (73 °F). From November to February, the average maximum temperature is 30 °C (85 °F), the average minimum is 15 °C (59 °F), and the climate is extremely dry. Cold northerly winds are responsible for a mild chill in January. The southwest monsoon brings a humid climate from mid-June to mid-September. The average rainfall is 93 cm (36.7 inches), but infrequent heavy torrential rains cause the river to flood

Month Daily Minimum (C) Daily Maximum (C) Ave. total Rainfall (mm) Ave. # of Rainy days
Jan 11.7 28.4 2.6 0.3
Feb 13.8 31.3 1.1 0.2
Mar 18.8 36.0 1.0 0.1
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Recent History

Before Independence, due to advancements in all aspects, Bhadran was known as the Paris of Vadodara State under the rule of Maharaja Sayajirao Gayakwad. In those days, we had water supply system, Gayakwad Narrow Gauge Railway used to start from here to Vaso, the same huge Town Hall surrounded by beautiful garden now occupied by Gram Panchayat, on the bank of a huge pond. We were lucky to have drainage system first when most of the other towns had no dream that such a thing ever existed. People from all over the surrounding areas used to get treatment in the State run hospital. This is now run by Bhadran Mitramandal (Mumbai Sanchalit) and has been transformed into a small but ideal hospital and is in the process of expansion to offer all possible types of specialized services within the capacity of available funds from the DONORS, and for organizing this system the real credit goes to late Dr. Jamanadas Patel. We have a Veterinary Hospital for animals too.

Places for social activities include a Guest House, a Rest House, Nani Khadki Dharmshala, Brahman Vadi, Shree Bhadrakali Mataji's Vadi, and Central Hall in Town Hall and Shree Annkshetra.

At different main centres in Bhadran we encounter Leadership Memorials: statues of Shree Sayajirao Gayakwad, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallbhbhai Patel, Shivabhai Ashabhai Patel, Manubhai Mehta (diwan), and Shree Ratilal Patel, a martyr and victim of a shooting at Adas Station, as a secret agent distributing Freedom Movement leaflets.

Lt. Shivabhai Ashabhai Patel was the follower of Mahatma Gandhi, and the main leader during the Freedom Fighters movement. After Independence (MLA), he used to serve as a president of Grampanchayat and Pragati Mandal. With him, there were two other pioneers of Pragati Mandal, Somabhai Chaturbhai Patel, and Dahyabhai Mathurbhai Patel.

After Independence another freedom fighter, Ambubhai Haribhai Patel, settled in Nairobi, Kenya. There he spent his whole life supporting Jomo Kenyatta to achieve independence for Kenya, without any greed or grabbing for high status from the Prime Minister.

Dr. P C Patel had offered two precious rooms near Model Cinema on Gandhi road, free of charge for Six Gam Patidar Mandal Office use from 1968 to 1971. Later, Lt. Madhubhai C Patel, a past secretary (1969) had offered a spacious underground room, free of charge for running this office for many years. Lt. Madhubhai was also a freedom fighter, a strict follower of Mahatma Gandhi and wore Khadi dress for his whole life.

Brother of Shivabhai Ashabhai Patel, Hirabhai had donated for small-scale home industries for women and General Dispensary. Maganbhai Shankerbhai Patel had donated for Maternity Home. Lallubhai shah built a beautiful Tower in the centre of Bazaar. From that time until now, it keeps people aware of time. Hardly some were lucky to possess a timepiece then.

On station road, Darwaji Bhagol, a triple arch structure, donated by Lt. used to please people passing through it. Recently, Sarvshree Lt. Ramanbhai Patel (Founder of Cadila, Ahmdavad) has donated a marvellous, beautiful triple arch to change facia (entry) of Bhadran. This leads with double track road to Chamerda Bhagol. Sarvshree Ramanbhai, as past president (1975; 1981) and a trustee of Chh Gam Patidar Mandal had played a key role in developing multidirectional progressive social activity reforms and bringing Mandal to latest status. Of course, he had received full cooperation from Ratibhai Rambhai Patel and Madhubhai Chottabhai Patel of Sojitra, Narenbhai Madhubhai Patel of Nadiad and Lt. Pramukhbhai Bhikhabhai Patel (very well known as a chief Engineer of Gujarat, and past ... president,1993-1994 ) of Bhadran. In addition, Ramanbhai used to serve as a trustee of Charutar Vidya Mandal, Vallbh Vidyanagar. He has published a book 'MAHA GUJARAT NA GAURAVSHALI PATIDAR'.This familiarizes the youth of today about our great ancestors.

Spiritiual Aspect

For religion, we have temples of every faith such as; Bhdrakali,Mahakali, Ambaji Khodiar, Chamunda, Gayatri, Khaldevi, Ranchhodrayji,Nilkanth Mahadev, Baliadev, Purushottam Bhagvan, Harkhaba's Vaishnav Mandir,Ramji Mandir,Masjid and Vadtal & Bochasanvasi Swaminarayan temples for men and women separately. Over and above there are ashrams of Shreemad Rajchndra, Shree Madhvanandji, Shree Muktanandji, Shree Kupanand Swami, Shree Shanti Ashram and Sthanakvasi Upashray.Here, people enjoy and celebrate every religious occasion. Bhadran is proud to be a holy town. Do you know the Patel families had given fifteen St. Jewels? They are no more in this world. Let us refresh the list:

  1. Khushalji
  2. Mithaji
  3. Ramji
  4. Lalluji
  5. Narottamji
  6. Purushottamji
  7. Zaverji
  8. Hathiji
  9. Natha Rakhji
  10. Mulji Rakhji
  11. Shankerji
  12. Parshottamji
  13. Ishwarlaji
  14. Bhanuchandraji

Who was the fifteenth? These days, you feel him in front of your eyes, on every wall in Bhadran -- Dada Bhagwan (Patel Ambalal), in the form of slogans of wisdom.

Economy

The main economy of this village is agriculture. The main cash crop is tobacco, and tobacco processing is an important industry. The other crops with considerable area are bananas, rice, bajra, and cotton to some extent.

Bhadran is a rural financial center of Anand district. Banking and customer services are offered at Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank, Peoples Co-op Bank, Mercantile Co-op Bank Kheda-Jilla Madhyasth Co-op Bank, Post Office, Landing and customer Co-op, and at societies as, Seva Co-op, and Milk Producers' Co-op. Its sound co-operative banks have helped the region prosper and progress.

Education

Bhadran has educational institutions for the development of children at every level. There are both free and paid schools, with all types of facilities for education from kindergarten to graduation. These include boys' and girls' separate schools at the primary level, Tulsibhai Bakorbhai Amin High School, Science and Commerce College, Computer Centre, English Medium School from Nursery to H.S.C. classes, Gymnasium Centre and Jethabhai Narayanbhai Patels, and the Shambhuprasad Boarding House for students from out of town. In addition, we have Kankuba Women's Library with an industrial training center for women, Maganbhai Kashibhai Patel Public Library, and the M.D. Khhakhhar Children's Library. All different establishments are well managed by Pragati Mandal, Mitra Mandal, Nagarik Mandal etc.

Pramuk swami Maharaj studied sanscrit in bhadran, in Sanscrut Patsala.

Neighborhoods of Bhadran

Bhadrania Sisva Valvod Vachchiel

Projects for Development

Here are some of the projects that have been completed and some which are under construction:

  • Water Tower Near Brompole Well
  • Water Pumping Station on Existing Brompole Well
  • The Computer Centre with English Medium School
  • The Bhadran Crematorium Near Mahankaleshwar Mahadev
  • The Leisure Centre or Health Centre (Old Akhado) Near Bus Station

The following projects are already designed and will be built in near future when the funds are available:

  • The two storey Shambuprasad Boarding House on Borsad Road Next to old Akhado
  • The Bus Station at Chamarda Bhagol and near Sayagi Rao Statue.
  • Refurbishment of old two Water Supply Towers No 1 Sayaji Water Works and No 2.
  • Rain Water Disposal Scheme From Pratap Pura to Hospital Old and New.

The following projects are to be designed and plans are to be drawn in the near future:

  • The refurbishment of Town Hall.
  • The sewage disposal scheme at existing place.
  • The refurbishment of the girls and boys primary schools.
  • The children's play park at the site of old Malav Talav near Bhadri Kali Temple.
  • The existing hospital is to be taken over from Mitre Manual in Bombay. The existing building is to be modernized, adding a new Maternity Ward and living accommodations for doctors and nurses.
  • The resurfacing of all roads in the Town, either in concrete or tarmac.

Launching Soon

  • Documentary on Bhadran
 My Home Town - "Family, Friends and lots of Memories"
 - Producer & Director: Saurabh J Patel
 - Script Writer: Stephan Kern
 - Editor: Brett Wall

References

  • Bhadran Bandhu Samaj [1]
  • Falling Rain [2]

External links

Template:Anand District, Gujarat

See also

Anand district

.

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ભાદરણ
Paris of Gaekwad State
—  Village  —
ભાદરણ
Location of ભાદરણ

in Gujarat and India

Coordinates 22.3593°N 72.9005°E / 22.3593°N 72.9005°E / 22.3593; 72.9005Coordinates: 22.3593°N 72.9005°E / 22.3593°N 72.9005°E / 22.3593; 72.9005
Country Template:Country data India
State Gujarat
District(s) Anand
Population

Density

10,147 (2008)

2,029 /km2 (5,255 /sq mi)

Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area

Elevation

5 km2 (2 sq mi)

30 m (98 ft)

Bhadran is a village in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is in the Anand district. Bhadran was nicknamed the "Paris of Gaekwad state" due to its prosperity and civil works carried out by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the visionary ruler of Baroda.

Contents

Legend

Years ago in Padampur, nearly two kilometres away from Bhadran town, there used to live two very strong brothers named Bhadrasur and Aghasur. The majority of the people here were very cruel. They defeated Devas with a power graced by Mahadevji. Agonized Devas prayed to the mighty goddess Uma and two Shakties named Bhadrakali and Ambaji, were created.

Bhadrakali and Ambaji killed Bhdrasur and Aghasur respectively so Devas established temples of both Matajis. In due course Padampur was destroyed. In Samvat 1232 (1176 AC) on Sunday the sudi 11(before full moon) of month Vaishakh Bhadrapur later known as Bhadrn and finally as the time passed, today's BHADRAN, was officially formed. Garasia and Patidar communities were the main population.

According to the Data in the Family Tree of the Patels of the seven towns, published in 1925 C.E., the first Patel, named Ananda, came from Anklav in Samvat 1415 and lived here.

Gradually his generations, as new Patel's used to live and settle with them. From the eleventh generation of four brothers, eldest and the second number named Revandas and Dhanjibhai respectively started to live in a section called Moti Khadki. Third and fourth numbers named Harkhjibhai and Manjibhai, in another section called Nani Khadki. Together with above, now, Bhadran is flourishing with the influx of all different communities with new Patels from different places.

Geography and climate

Bhadran is located at 22° 21′ 33.48″ N, 72° 54′ 1.8″ E. The total area of Bhadran is around 5 square kilometres. The village is located on the fertile plains of Mahi river, 10 kilometres north of mouth of Mahi river where it meets Gulf of Khambhat.

There are three main seasons: Summer, Monsoon and Winter. Aside from the monsoon season, the climate is dry. The weather is hot through the months of March to July — the average summer maximum is 36 °C (97 °F), and the average minimum is 23 °C (73 °F). From November to February, the average maximum temperature is 30 °C (85 °F), the average minimum is 15 °C (59 °F), and the climate is extremely dry. Cold northerly winds are responsible for a mild chill in January. The southwest monsoon brings a humid climate from mid-June to mid-September. The average rainfall is 93 cm (36.7 inches), but infrequent heavy torrential rains cause the river to flood

Month Daily Minimum (C) Daily Maximum (C) Ave. total Rainfall (mm) Ave. # of Rainy days
Jan 11.7 28.4 2.6 0.3
Feb 13.8 31.3 1.1 0.2
Mar 18.8 36.0 1.0 0.1
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Recent history

Before Independence, due to advancements in all aspects, Bhadran was known as the Paris of Vadodara State under the rule of Maharaja Sayajirao Gayakwad. In those days, we had water supply system, Gayakwad Narrow Gauge Railway used to start from here to Vaso, the same huge Town Hall surrounded by beautiful garden now occupied by Gram Panchayat, on the bank of a huge pond. We were lucky to have drainage system first when most of the other towns had no dream that such a thing ever existed. People from all over the surrounding areas used to get treatment in the State run hospital. This is now run by Bhadran Mitramandal (Mumbai Sanchalit) and has been transformed into a small but ideal hospital and is in the process of expansion to offer all possible types of specialized services within the capacity of available funds from the DONORS, and for organizing this system the real credit goes to late Dr. Jamanadas Patel. We have a Veterinary Hospital for animals too.

Places for social activities include a Guest House, a Rest House, Nani Khadki Dharmshala, Brahman Vadi, Shree Bhadrakali Mataji's Vadi, and Central Hall in Town Hall and Shree Annkshetra.

At different main centres in Bhadran we encounter Leadership Memorials: statues of Shree Sayajirao Gayakwad, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallbhbhai Patel, Shivabhai Ashabhai Patel, Manubhai Mehta (diwan), and Shree Ratilal Patel, a martyr and victim of a shooting at Adas Station, as a secret agent distributing Freedom Movement leaflets.

Lt. Shivabhai Ashabhai Patel was the follower of Mahatma Gandhi, and the main leader during the Freedom Fighters movement. After Independence (MLA), he used to serve as a president of Grampanchayat and Pragati Mandal. With him, there were two other pioneers of Pragati Mandal, Somabhai Chaturbhai Patel, and Dahyabhai Mathurbhai Patel.

After Independence another freedom fighter, Ambubhai Haribhai Patel, settled in Nairobi, Kenya. There he spent his whole life supporting Jomo Kenyatta to achieve independence for Kenya, without any greed or grabbing for high status from the Prime Minister.

Dr. P C Patel had offered two precious rooms near Model Cinema on Gandhi road, free of charge for Six Gam Patidar Mandal Office use from 1968 to 1971. Later, Lt. Madhubhai C Patel, a past secretary (1969) had offered a spacious underground room, free of charge for running this office for many years. Lt. Madhubhai was also a freedom fighter, a strict follower of Mahatma Gandhi and wore Khadi dress for his whole life.

Brother of Shivabhai Ashabhai Patel, Hirabhai had donated for small-scale home industries for women and General Dispensary. Maganbhai Shankerbhai Patel had donated for Maternity Home. Lallubhai shah built a beautiful Tower in the centre of Bazaar. From that time until now, it keeps people aware of time. Hardly some were lucky to possess a timepiece then.

On station road, Darwaji Bhagol, a triple arch structure, donated by Lt. used to please people passing through it. Recently, Sarvshree Lt. Ramanbhai Patel (Founder of Cadila, Ahmdavad) has donated a marvellous, beautiful triple arch to change facia (entry) of Bhadran. This leads with double track road to Chamerda Bhagol. Sarvshree Ramanbhai, as past president (1975; 1981) and a trustee of Chh Gam Patidar Mandal had played a key role in developing multidirectional progressive social activity reforms and bringing Mandal to latest status. Of course, he had received full cooperation from Ratibhai Rambhai Patel and Madhubhai Chottabhai Patel of Sojitra, Narenbhai Madhubhai Patel of Nadiad and Lt. Pramukhbhai Bhikhabhai Patel (very well known as a chief Engineer of Gujarat, and past ... president,1993–1994 ) of Bhadran. In addition, Ramanbhai used to serve as a trustee of Charutar Vidya Mandal, Vallbh Vidyanagar. He has published a book 'MAHA GUJARAT NA GAURAVSHALI PATIDAR'.This familiarizes the youth of today about our great ancestors.

Spiritiual Aspect

For religion, we have temples of every faith such as; Bhdrakali,Mahakali, Ambaji Khodiar, Chamunda, Gayatri, Khaldevi, Ranchhodrayji,Nilkanth Mahadev, Baliadev, Purushottam Bhagvan, Harkhaba's Vaishnav Mandir,Ramji Mandir,Masjid and Vadtal & Bochasanvasi Swaminarayan temples for men and women separately. Over and above there are ashrams of Shreemad Rajchndra, Shree Madhvanandji, Shree Muktanandji, Shree Kupanand Swami, Shree Shanti Ashram and Sthanakvasi Upashray.Here, people enjoy and celebrate every religious occasion. Bhadran is proud to be a holy town. Do you know the Patel families had given fifteen St. Jewels? They are no more in this world. Let us refresh the list:

  1. Khushalji
  2. Mithaji
  3. Ramji
  4. Lalluji
  5. Narottamji
  6. Purushottamji
  7. Zaverji
  8. Hathiji
  9. Natha Rakhji
  10. Mulji Rakhji
  11. Shankerji
  12. Parshottamji
  13. Ishwarlaji
  14. Bhanuchandraji

Who was the fifteenth? These days, you feel him in front of your eyes, on every wall in Bhadran -- Dada Bhagwan (Patel Ambalal), in the form of slogans of wisdom.

Economy

The main economy of this village is agriculture. The main cash crop is tobacco, and tobacco processing is an important industry. The other crops with considerable area are bananas, rice, bajra, and cotton to some extent.

Bhadran is a rural financial center of Anand district. Banking and customer services are offered at Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank, Peoples Co-op Bank, Mercantile Co-op Bank Kheda-Jilla Madhyasth Co-op Bank, Post Office, Landing and customer Co-op, and at societies as, Seva Co-op, and Milk Producers' Co-op. Its sound co-operative banks have helped the region prosper and progress.

Education

Bhadran has educational institutions for the development of children at every level. There are both free and paid schools, with all types of facilities for education from kindergarten to graduation. These include boys' and girls' separate schools at the primary level, Tulsibhai Bakorbhai Amin High School, Science and Commerce College, Computer Centre, English Medium School from Nursery to H.S.C. classes, Gymnasium Centre and Jethabhai Narayanbhai Patels, and the Shambhuprasad Boarding House for students from out of town. In addition, we have Kankuba Women's Library with an industrial training center for women, Maganbhai Kashibhai Patel Public Library, and the M.D. Khhakhhar Children's Library. All different establishments are well managed by Pragati Mandal, Mitra Mandal, Nagarik Mandal etc.

Pramuk swami Maharaj studied sanscrit in bhadran, in Sanscrut Patsala.

Neighborhoods of Bhadran

Bhadrania Sisva Valvod Vachchiel

Projects for Development

Here are some of the projects that have been completed and some which are under construction:

  • Water Tower Near Brompole Well
  • Water Pumping Station on Existing Brompole Well
  • The Computer Centre with English Medium School
  • The Bhadran Crematorium Near Mahankaleshwar Mahadev
  • The Leisure Centre or Health Centre (Old Akhado) Near Bus Station

The following projects are already designed and will be built in near future when the funds are available:

  • The two storey Shambuprasad Boarding House on Borsad Road Next to old Akhado
  • The Bus Station at Chamarda Bhagol and near Sayagi Rao Statue.
  • Refurbishment of old two Water Supply Towers No 1 Sayaji Water Works and No 2.
  • Rain Water Disposal Scheme From Pratap Pura to Hospital Old and New.

The following projects are to be designed and plans are to be drawn in the near future:

  • The refurbishment of Town Hall.
  • The sewage disposal scheme at existing place.
  • The refurbishment of the girls and boys primary schools.
  • The children's play park at the site of old Malav Talav near Bhadri Kali Temple.
  • The existing hospital is to be taken over from Mitre Manual in Bombay. The existing building is to be modernized, adding a new Maternity Ward and living accommodations for doctors and nurses.
  • The resurfacing of all roads in the Town, either in concrete or tarmac.

Launching Soon

  • Documentary on Bhadran
 My Home Town - "Family, Friends and lots of Memories"
 - Producer & Director: Saurabh J Patel
 - Script Writer: Stephan Kern
 - Editor: Brett Wall

References

  • Bhadran Bandhu Samaj [1]
  • Falling Rain [2]

External links

Template:Anand District, Gujarat

See also

Anand district

.

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