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Siddhpur – History – Association With Saraswati River

Siddhpur, also spelled Sidhpur is a town and a municipality in Patan district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is a historical place located on the bank of Sarasvati River. It is also an important pilgrimage center in Gujarat. Sarasvati Purana contains information about the ancient history of this place.

Saraswati Purana describes all the holy places and sacred spots related to Sidhpur. Moreover, the work carries historical data, which helps to reconstruct the religious/cultural history.

The ancient Saraswati River that disappeared over time ran through Gujarat and Rajasthan before running into the Gulf of Kutch. A large lake known as Siddharajsar is said to be associated with the Saraswati River. It is described in a work called Siddharaja Mahatmya. Most probably, the work is part of the original Saraswati Purana. The lake became the abode of all heavenly Gods. Over the course of time, a king of Gujarat, Jayasimha Siddharaja, built a temple of Shiva at the center of the lake. There was also a shrine of Keshava. In front of Keshava is situated the holy tank of Dasavatara. There is a rare image of Bhargava Rama (Parshuram) among the images of the ten incarnations of Bhagavan Vishnu.

The town is today famous for Bindu Sarovar.