History of Gujarat
Banaskantha
Banaskantha
Banaskantha district is made up of the region situated on the banks of the river Banas. The region is spread on 23-33 to 24-45 north latitude and 71-03 to 73-02 east longitudes. In this way, it is located in the north western part of Gujarat. Marwad and Sirohi provinces of Rajasthan State are situated on the north of the district. Sabarkantha district on the east, Mehsana district on the south and Patan is situated on the west of the district. Adjoining to the desert is the border of Pakistan.

Banaskantha district has strategic importance when its borders are considered. Being a border district of Gujarat state the issues of this district are important from the military point of view and so demand attention. The area of Banaskantha district is 19,757 Sq. Kms. The maximum length of the district is 200 KMs. and the width is 122 KMs. The district is consisted of 12 talukas.

Originally there were 11 talukas in this district at the time of reconstitution of the districts of which Radhanpur and Santalpur talukas were included in newly constituted Patan district. Out of remaining nine talukas, Palanpur, Dhanera and Deodar talukas were reconstituted and three new talukas vig Amirgadh, Dantiwada and Bhabhar were constituted. Mamlatdar offices in all the three new talukas have become operational.

According to census of 2001, was total population of the district 25,02,843 and total villages were 1,248 in the district.

Banas and Sipu are the longest rivers in the district. Dams are constructed on both these rivers. Moreover Sipu and Balaram are their tributaries. Arjuni River which is revered for Hindus emerges from Danta and Ambaji hills and meets Saraswati River at Moriya village of Vadgam taluka and is know as Saraswati River.
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