In the district of Mehsana, Gujarat, is Vadnagar – home to the 14th Prime Minister of India. It is an ancient town that dates back almost 4500 years. With a population of 25,000 people, it is said to be the earliest capital of Gujarat. Over time, it has been inhabited by six different dynasties.
More recently, Vadnagar has demonstrated links to Buddhism – a result of archaeological excavations that are currently underway. These archaeological sites have the potential to provide insights into the prevalence and spread of Buddhism in Gujarat – setting it apart from other sites of archaeological significance. Along with other Buddhist sites of relevance in Gujarat, it provides one more link into the religion, and allows for further extrapolation.
Map of Gujarat indicating location of Vadnagar