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The Old Suraj Dewad - Songadh
The Old Suraj Dewad temple is one of the most ancient pilgrim places of the Hindus in Gujarat. The temple is dedicated to God Surya (Sun God). Located 4 kms away from Than over a hill, the temple is one of the finest examples of Indian Temple Architecture. Renovated in the year 1932, the temple has lost the intricacies of the sculptural art but the devotion with which the temple is visited everyday has never changed.
The Gabinath caves situated near Suraj Dewad at Songadh also holds religious importance. Saint Gabinath was supposedly to have performed his penance in these caves.

Vasuki Mandir
Saurashtra was once called the Pataad Pradesh reigned b the Snake Worshippers. The Vasuki Mandir is situated in Than. Small miniature shrines dedicated to the Snake -God have been built in Surendranagar and the adjoining place. Vasuki-Bhandiyabeli, Chandra Lipya-Shapar-Nagadka are the important ones. Vasuki Takshak - Shesh was the chief of the Naga-Sarp ancestory and Vasuki was the ancestral god of the royal Lakthar family of Than. The Snake worship became prevalent ever since then and related rituals are performed to this day.

Muni Bawa nu Mandir.
A small temple located between Chotila and than stands on a hill between Chotila and Than. Although the Shivalaya is partly damaged the temple has been visited by devotees ever since it was built in the 10th century.

Jariya Mahadev
Built in the 15th Century the Jariya Mahadev temple stand surrounded by scenic beauty. The temple is constructed in a distance downwards about 8 kms between Chotila and Than. The temple got its name because of the miraculous water which naturally flows from the stone above the Shivling of Lord Shiva in this temple round the year.

Thousands of pilgrims visit the temple to worship and give away offerings to lord Shiva. The temple is also known as the Tapkeshwar Mandir. The Analgadh Fort admist the Mandawan forest, a few miles away from Jariya Mahadev has witnessed the war between the British Police and the Namori tribes of Bharvatiya. It was a hiding place for the looters and the Britishers hence demolished a major part of the Fort.
The New Suraj Dewad Temple

The New Suraj Dewad built in 1991 is visited by a lot of pilgrims everyday. Although the temple has been built in the recent times it yet captures the total spirit of the glorious heritage of Gujarat.

Awaliya Thakkar
The Awaliya Temple is a Vishnu temple dedicated to 'Thakorji" stands on a plinth of a hill between Than and Chotila. This place has been the native of a well known tribe of Gujarat called the 'Bharwads'(shepherds). Group Marriages of their race are held at the Awaliya Thakkar temple. The temple became popular due to a small stream of water, which continually flows from its floor.

Sundari Bhawani Temple
A legend related to the Sundari Bhawani Temple relates that the temple was named after the Sea Goddess who took birth from the Sea. Sundari Bhawani, the ancestral Goddess of the Kandolia Brahmins, Sorathia's, Visha Sorathia's and Kopal Vanik also happens to be the worshipped Goddess of Sailors and Vessel Owners in the past.

The incarnation of the Pandavas adorns the temple wall while a stream of water flowing from the floor of the temple has been attracting visitors over the years. The temple is surrounded by thick foliage. Shri Bhumanand has generously contributed to popularize the temple and wished to open an educational institute here but his death left the mission unaccomplished. The Jagathit Ashram Trustees have made special arrangements for the tourists visiting this holy place. The Kaneshwar Mandir is built in the plot of the Sundari Bhawani temple.

Sapta Matruka - Bhet
The statue of the deity Sapta-Matruka is placed in the Mudi Taluka about 7-8 kms away from the Sundari Bhawani temple

Thang Nath Mahadev
The Thanganath Temple is built on the peak of the Thanganath Mountain. The temple is 7-8 kms away from Chotila. A large number of local tribes visit to place to attend the annual fair held during the Shravan month.

Chamunda Mata - Chotila
A temple dedicated to Goddess Chamunda is built on a hill called chotila at a height of 1,173 feet. The temple is crowded with tourists and pilgrims all round the year specially during the Navratri Festival. The Chotila village is sited at the foot of the Chotila hill.

Virji Bhagat's Place - Chotila

Sayala's Lalji Bhagat, Virpur;s Jalaram Bapa and Chotila's Virji Bhagat have been the renowned and religious souls of Gujarat. Virji Bhagat was born in the Bhalada region in the year 1876. Bhoj Khachar belonging to the Darbar race had great faith in Virji Bhagat's preachings. He had also offered a piece of land to Virji Bhagat where the temple was later built in 1925.

Bhimgufa - Bhomora
Bhimora is situated on the way to Anandour near the Piyawa village about 12 kms from Chotila. The village was built by Nana Khachar. The Bhimora Fort acquired an important place in the history of the Panchal region.
The Bhimgufa cave situated near Bhimora depicts the images of Buddha sculpture. The care is believed to be in existence since the 14th century AD. Mudras made of mud belonging the Buddha culture haven been discovered along with a new cave with relics of the Buddha art.

Chaumukhi Wav -Chobari
Chaumukhi Wav (four faced well) is situated at the Chobari village about 12 kms between Anandpur and Bhalda. Beautiful inscriptions describing the history of the Chobari village is carved on the wall in the well. The Rajput and Loghul history is also associated with the village. A remarkable temple belonging to the Sonalki Dynasty adds to the historic value of the Chobari village.

Panchayatan Temple - Parabdi

About 1-2 kms away from the Chobari village is the Parabdi village known for a Shivalaya built in the 13th century. A lot of small temples were built around the Shivalaya which have been destroyed over the years but the remnants of which can be seen to this day between Chobari and Parabdi. A huge city is believed to have once existed here.

Anateshwar Mahadev - (Anandpur-Bhalada)
Anandpur is situated at the fort of the Thanga Hill. A 11th century Shivalay exists here. A tribe known as Charans believe that Snant Chudasam has built the temple in 1068. The wealth of the temple was attacked by numerous raiders. It was Mohammed of Ghazni who destroyed the temple. After the rebel in 1857, the temple rooms became a hiding place for one of the rebellions. The temple rooms are now called the 'Brahmachari's Residence.' The temple was renovated in the year 1857 by the Kathi Darbars.

Navlakho Mandir - Sejkpar
Sejkpar village falls between the Sayla - Dhandhalpur villages. A remarkable architectural feature of the Sejkpar village is a magnificent Shivalaya constructed in an aesthetically distinctive style in the 10th century. This Shivalaya is known as the Navlakho Mandir. The main hall of the temple is 34 feet wide while the rang Mandap is 45 feet broad. A few parts of the temple is badly damaged but the sumptuous ornamentation are still evident in the surviving portions. A huge statue of Lord Ganesha was discovered during excavation work in the temple premise.

Dhundinath Dhandhalpur
The idol of Dhandhinath is place in this temple. The Queen of Gujarat - Minaldevi had once stopped here to worship a pious saint who gave her the blessing to become mother of a son. The queen later conceived a boy and was named Siddhraj in memory of the holy saint. Siddhraj has constructed the Dhandhalpout Fort in memory of his birth.

Vadwad Mandir - (Dhudhai-Mudi)
Dhudhai is a native of a tribe called the Rabari. Dhundhai is located approximately 18-20 kms away from Mudi. The Vadwad temple with three Shikhars was built in 2003 and a large number of pilgrims come to visit this temple. The first on the Mahants throne was late Shri Meghswami. Purandasji Maharaj is the present religious head of the temple.