The name Junagadh means Old Fort. Various famous rulers such as the Kshatrapas, Mauryans, Chudasamas, Guptas, Vilabhis, Gujarat Sultans and Babi Nawabs have reigned in this part of the world. The architecture and rich cultural heritage of Junagadh stands as the edifice of the political and religious influences of the various rulers who have ruled the region.
The history of Junagadh chronologically presents the birth and genesis of this small city in the state of Gujarat. Junagadh is located at the foothills of the sacred Girnar Hills. Ambaji temple, Datatrey temple, Datar temple, Jain Derasar, Bharat Van, Shesha Van, Hanuman Madhi and many more spots on Girnar Hills. The city is presently the headquarters of the Junagadh district of Gujarat.
Four major religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam, have left a substantial influence on Junagadh. In Junagadh Vadnagara, Prashnora, Shathodra, Visnagara Nagars and other casts i.e. Musliums, Punjabies are living. However, a stronger influence of the rulers of Junagadh was felt on the architecture of the city. During the reign of Babi Nawabs, Junagadh was the capital.
Junagadh is a world famous for thier site for Asiatic Lion.
Courtsy: Mr. Pallav Buch – Junagadh & Mr. Chirag Baxi – Rajkot