Galiakot

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Galiakot
city
Galiakot is located in Rajasthan
Galiakot
Galiakot
Location in Rajasthan, India
Coordinates: 23°32′10″N 74°00′32″E / 23.536°N 74.009°E / 23.536; 74.009Coordinates: 23°32′10″N 74°00′32″E / 23.536°N 74.009°E / 23.536; 74.009
Country  India
State Rajasthan
District Dungarpur
Elevation 145 m (476 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 6,636
Languages
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Galiakot, situated about 150 km southeast of the Indian city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, is a Muslim pilgrimage town. The town is famous for the tomb of Babjee Moula Fakhruddin Shaheed who lived here in the 10th century. Many Bohra Muslims visit the tomb each year to pay homage. Galiakot is commonly referred to by Bohras as Taherabad. Galiakot is a census town in Dungarpur district in the state of Rajasthan, India.

Babjee Moula Fakhruddin was considered a very pious and humble man. He was assassinated by one of the Bhil locals of the area, however nowadays it is common to find non-Muslim locals of Galiakot to come and pray at Babji Moula Fakhruddin Shaheed's Mausoleum. This Mausoleum is famously known as Dargah of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed. Shaheed means 'Martyr'

Situated on the bank of Mahi river Galiakot village is located 58 km towards the south-east of Dungarpur. The nearest town of Sagwara lies at a distance of 19 km. According to the tradition Galiakot derives its name from a Bhil Chieftain, who ruled the area. It was once the capital of the parmars and also of the erstwhile Dungarpur State. The relics of an old fort can still be seen. The village owes its renown to the shrine of Syedi Fakhruddin. It is visited by thousands of Dawoodi Bohra devotees who gather here from all over the country at the time of annual 'Urs' which is held on the 27th day of Muharram, the first month of Hijri Calendar. Syedi Fakhruddin was a highly religious man. He was widely known for his learning and saintliness. In the course of his travels, he died a martyr somewhere between Sagwara and Galiakot village and was later buried in Galiakot.

Geography[edit]

Galiakot is located at 23°32′10″N 74°00′32″E / 23.536°N 74.009°E / 23.536; 74.009. It has an average elevation of 145 metres (475 feet).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[1] Galiakot had a population of 6636. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Galiakot has an average literacy rate of 56%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 67%, and female literacy is 44%. In Galiakot, 17% of the population is under 6 years of age.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.