Sihor early history and etymology

Sihor becomes Sihor by corrupting its name from Saraswatpur, Sinhalpur, Sinhpur, Sinhor, and, Shihor. Purana, Rishis, Sages and Scholars regarded this place as Pavitra Kshetra attributed by the presence of scholarship and spirituality, such class of society and places out there.

Mythology, progression and Saraswatpur
According to Hinduism, Saraswatpur the name itself may suggest and support to the active power and significance of this place, as a place of knowledge, scholarship and spirituality while deriving from Saraswati the name of Saraswatpur should have been bestowed upon by those responsible. There are references of Saraswatpur in Purana, its references and references of Krishna's visits are found in Mahabharata and peculiarly in the texts related to Krishna as Krishna spent the remaining half of his life at Dvārakā / Dwarka / Dwarika.

Transition and Quest
Sinhpur and Sinhalpur are the next to come in picture. Period between Saraswatpur and Sinhpur is not thoroughly referred or documented, and the amount of historical information of this period is in scattered form, to be more precise the period between 5000 BC-3000 BC. Exploration and verification of geological, geopolitical - archaeological data and sources may provide some interesting insights as few archaeological remnants are found around the region once in a while, regularly.

Sinhpur to Sihor
However, the presence of Lions in this region (Sihor hills) very much till mid of 19th Century and therefore the gradual social transformation of this piece of civilization into Sinhpur or Sinhalpur may be understandable where the lion is called as 'Sinh' or 'Sinha' in a Sanskrit variant. Adding to the aesthetics of Sinhpur, King Sinhabahu, called as Sinhavarma also, is equally regarded for the Saraswatpur became Sinhpur. There is one more research task in asking toward bridging Sinhpur and Sinhalpur as both of these names have existed, either concurrently or at different points of time.

Legend or story claimed and attributed by some Indian and foreign researchers, historians and writers is that "a daughter of the king of Vanga (Bengal), who according to the story was abducted by a lion (Sinha), while she was traveling across India to Lata (Gujarat). She had two offspring by the lion, one a son named Sinhabahu (Lion-armed) because his arms were like those of a lion. This son established a city Sihapura (Sinhapura / Sinhpur, lion city) in the Lata region and founded villages in the forests all around.".

A few ruins, let us say just Saat Sheri (a mound / mountaintop) of any ruins existing at present is still, perhaps a difficult process even for Archaeology's point of view, to prove the exact date-period of this monument. Meaning this landmark seem very old enough. The surrounding of Saat Sheri and old Sihor town towards Sukhnath are worth a serious archaeological intervention and studies for any possibility of volcanic eruption or earthquake which would have destroyed the relics of Sinhpur.

Sinhpur's Branch in Sri Lanka
The most vibrant and complex piece of history for the Sihor and even for India could be role of Sihor (Sinhpur of past) in the history and culture of Sri Lanka. While Sri Lanka, in their honest and sincere attempts to explore and adore their history and culture, offer a great deal of attention to the modern day seekers, researchers, historians and people at large for the conservation of legacy and culture. For how they have preserved and adored this valuable social-cultural aspect.

Modern day Sri Lanka, after getting the exiled Prince Vijaya, son of Sinhabahu as their first king and advent of Sinhala culture, it must be quite a curious case, as at one end (Sri Lanka), a flourished culture is still alive, and at other end (Sihor, India), there are just stray stories and a confused space time, a confused state of mind amidst the currents of times and globalization, where a true globalization is still inaccessible which exists in form of Sri Lanka, to be precise their Sinhala culture.

The good side of history for Sihor could be, its subtle energy exists in people and culture of Sinhala, and this is how Sihor gets its old Sinhapur back with the myths and legends being proved as a fact, off late, in the beginning of new millennium, and as at year 2011.

Lost and found
Returning to the historical and archaeological aspects, the point is, there is a gradual yet very significant difference between existing walled town and the interior hill range of old Sihor, where even a layman get a feeling of some antiquity would have existed here. Eventually, there are still just a handful of landmarks standing in this range and at times, there are news of some findings between Sihor hills and Bhavnagar coast. Therefore, Sinhpur if terminated in this particular range of the town, it is likely for it took decades and centuries for later it became Sihor that could regain the lost identity from its archived and forgotten name, Sinhpur.

In a linear fashion, one can say that over the time with varying pronunciations and dialects, it has been found corrupting itself as Sinhor - Shihor and finally Sihor. Interesting to note while Sinhpur becomes Sihor in a few thousand years and lions are returning again to the Sihor hills gradually since last couple of decades and increasing off late as in the year of 2011.