(Last Updated on : 01-05-2014)
Vadodara is a district in the eastern part of Gujarat. The city of Vadodara, in the western part of the district is its administrative headquarters. Vadodara district covers an area of 7794 sq. km. with a population of 3,641,802 (2001 census). It is bounded by Panchmahal and Dahod districts in the north, Anand and Kheda districts to the west, Bharuch and Narmada districts to the south and the state of Madhya Pradesh to the east. The tallest point in the region is Pavagadh hill. The Mahi River passes through the district. The historical city of Baroda was the capital of Baroda Residency and one of the princely states of India under Bombay Presidency (former province of British India). Vadodara is the 3rd most populated town in Gujarat after Ahmedabad and Surat. It is one of the four towns in the state with a population of over 1 million, the other being Rajkot and the two cities listed above. It is also known as the Sayaji Nagari or Sanskari Nagari (cultural capital of Gujarat). Vadodara (Baroda), formerly the capital city of Gaekwar State, is situated on the banks of Vishwamitri, a river whose name is deduced from the great saint Rishi Vishvamitra. It is located southeast of Ahmedabad. Vadodara is home to the exquisite Lakshmi Vilas Palace. It has high literacy rate standards of 78% (2001), and major industries like petrochemicals, engineering, pharmaceuticals and plastics. Vadodara served as the erstwhile princely capital of the Gaekwad family.
Mahakali Temple, Pawagadh, Vadodara, Gujarat:
Noted as one of the 'shakti peeths', Mahakali Temple also has another remarkable side to it.
Kirti Mandir, Vadodara, Gujarat:
Kirti Mandir has the classy touch of the Royals, built to venerate the members of the benefactors of the Gaekwad state.
EME Temple, Vadodara, Gujarat:
The EME Temple is dedicated to one of the several reflections of Lord Shiva, with magnum opus masonry work.