ABOUT PATAN CITYPatan, an ancient fortified town, was founded in 745 AD by Vanraj Chavda,
the most prominent king of the Chavda Kingdom. He named the city Anhilpur Patan or
"Anhilwad Patan" after his close friend and Prime Minister Anhil shepherd. It is variously
referred to in Sanskrit literature as Anahilapatak (Sanskit ), Anahipattan,
Anahilpur, Anahilvad Pattan, Pattan etc. It is situated on the banks of the river
'Saraswati', which is not meeting to any ocean.
Presently, Patan is home to the Hemchandracharya North Gujarat
University named after the famous polymath Acharya Hemachandra. It was previously
known as North Gujarat University. Patan is a prominent medical centre in the North
Gujarat with almost 200 practicing medical professionals. It also has Medical College on
the way to Balisana. Patan serves as a central market place for local farmers.
There are many schools and colleges in Patan. B. M. Shah High School and Junior College
is the oldest amongst all. Besides, other famous schools are: P.P.G. Experimentle High
School and Adarsha Vidhyalaya.
The patola saree is one of the finest hand-woven sarees produced today. This
is a specialty of Patan, and is famous for extremely delicate patterns woven with great
precision and clarity. A patola sari takes 4 to 6 months to make, depending on how
complicated the designs is and if the length is 5 or 6 metre. This saris are totally colored
with the vegetable color. It costs starts from Rs. 20,000 which may go upto Rs. 20,00,000
even depending on the difficulty of work as many times gold threads are also included
during its weaving process.