The end of "Pratihar" rule was the
beginning for Chawda dynasty. Their capital "Ahilyapatak"
(Ahilyavaad" was established under new name as "New Pattan" (presently
Patan). Before that during "Maitrak" period, "Chaap" dynasty (another
name of chawda) ruled over "Gurjardesh". Even in "Vadhvan" "Diu" &
"Dwarka" there were few rulers of same dynasty. They were also known
as "Chapotkat" or "Chawda".
In addition to this there was
Chawda rule in Saurashtra and Kachchh. Thus rulers of Chawda dynasty
played an important role in the history of Gujarat, during "Maitrak"
and post "Maitrak" era.
Gujarat attained its prosperity
in political as well as cultural field in the long period from 942 A.D
- 1300 A.D, during the reign of Solanki rule, who established their
kingdom at "Ahilyavaad", the land of Chawda.
The description of Vanraj
Chawda is found in the literature of Solanki dynasty. But no
description of ancestors of Vanraj Chawda is found in any ancient
literature. Although Jaishikhari, father of Vanraj has been described
in Krishna Kavi's Hindi composition "Ratnamala" written during 17th -
It is quite difficult to
determine the exact beginning of Chawda rule in "Panchasar".