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.


SAPTI-Dhrangadhra has two well-planned campuses built in phases. The Phase 1 campus spans 4.5 acres whereas the Phase 2 campus is a larger premise across ten acres. The SAPTI facility at Dhrangadhra has a capacity of 200 students. The training at Dhrangadhra focuses on sandstone-related machine and sculpting courses.

Life @Sapti

The students at SAPTI Dhrangadhra are given an opportunity to hone their abilities at stone carving, make new friends, and get a real life experience of becoming an artist. SAPTI provides various facilities including accommodation and three meals a day to ensure students can learn the art with complete peace of mind.

Safety @Sapti

SAPTI emphasises on safety in all its courses. Safety gear including protective glasses, gloves and masks are provided to all students at the time of enrolment.


SAPTI-Dhrangadhra focuses on stone-related machine and sculpting courses with latest facilities and technology to ensure all-round training and skill development.
  • Computer room
  • Gallery
  • Classroom
  • Canteen
  • Production room
  • Library
  • Hostel
  • Staff facilities