Nadiad is well known for many things. Once upon a time, people like Haridas Biharidas of Nadiad were the flames of public service. The seat of Santaram Maharaj and the Santaram Temple earned fame not only for its religious importance, but for the public service activities also. Nadiad was also the land of laureates and literatures during the later years of l9th century and beginning of the instant. The author of the epic like Gujarati novel 'Saraswatichandra' Govardhanram Tripathi, Mansukhram Shivaram,
Zaverilal Yagnik, Ranchhodbhai Udayram, Manilal Nabhubhai, Balashanker, the poet-painter Phoolchand Master, Rasakavi Raghunath Brahmbhatt were a few of the many literary personalities. The residence of Govardhanram has been preserved like a monument and his statue has been placed in the heart of the town.
Nadiad has developed into a trade centre. There are many hospitals and educational institutions. The Kidney Hospital, Dharmasingh Desai Institute of Technology and the Ayurvedic College are well known throughout.
Nadiad reminds us of a great personality. He was known as pujya Mota. His original name was Chunilal Asharam Bhavsar. Surajba was his mother. For want of economic resources, he could not obtain his higher education after matriculation. Those were the days of Gandhiji. Under the influence and instructions of Gandhiji, he dedicated himself to the service of the nation and to activities for the upliftment of Harijans. He devoted himself to all these activities to such an extent, that he fell seriously ill. The physical misery led him to the notion of committing suicide. But he was saved in one such attempt.