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State Gujarat
City Ahmedabad
Airports Ahmedabad International and Domestic Airport
Distance from City Centre 10 Km/ 6 Mile
Railway Junctions Ahmedabad
Local Languages Gujarati
Zinzuwada -Introduction

ZINZUWADA - Frontier fort of Solanki dynasty

Zinzuwada is a fortified town located at the southern edge of the little Ranna of Kutch. The town is part of several legends related to the birth of great Solanki ruler, Siddhraj Jaisinh, son of Minaldevi, who was born by a blessing of a saint from a nearby place.

The fortification of Zinzuwada dates back to the 11 th century AD. Zinzuwada was a frontier fort of the Solanki rulers and the inscriptions on the fort walls by Uda Mantri, a minister of Siddhraj Jaisinh, is proof of its antiquity. The fort is built with huge stone slabs and fortification is broad enough for two horsemen to pass at a time. Zinzuwada is one of the finest examples of Hindu fortifications in India, without Islamic influence. In Gujarat, another similar fort is situated at Dabhoi.

The town has four gateways in four directions: Madapol Gate, Rakshspol Gate, Harijan Gate and Dhama Gate. Madapol Gate is one of the finest examples of entrance gateways in the Maru Gurjar architectural style. The gateway is decorated with multi layered, carved, corbelled brackets resting on pillars. Images of Ganesh, Bhairava and other protecting deities are placed in niches at a lower level on both sides. At the upper level, one can see beautifully carved jharokhas projecting above the niches. The town-planning layout, location of gates and sculptural decorations are as per the ancient Hindu architectural treatises.

 

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