In Sanskrit ‘dhrang’ means a stone, and ‘dhara’ means the earth. It is believed that because of the strong and widespread yellow stone bedrock found under the soil of the place, the town is thus named.
Dhrangadhra sandstone is special among other sandstones for its unique hardness. Most other sandstones disintegrate easily and are vulnerable to weathering. However, as Dhrangadhra sandstone is exceptionally strong and durable, it has been used through the centuries in temples, palaces, and historical monuments. In fact, the Dhrangadhra sandstone is the foundation for much of Gujarat’s architectural heritage.
Traditionally, the ‘Sompura’ cast from Dhrangadhra have built and designed many Jain derasars - a type of temple of Jain people all over Gujarat and India. It is known that the temple of Somnath is built by the Sompura cast living in Dhrangadhra.
Architects are increasingly using sandstone as cladding material with a modern aesthetic since this stone keeps the interiors cool. In fact, the export market, especially to Middle-Eastern countries, has also grown, and sandstone is frequently used for cladding commercial and residential properties.