Kheda district

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This article is about the district. For its eponymous headquarters, see Kheda.
Districts of central Gujarat

Kheda district (Gujarati: ખેડા જિલ્લો) is one of the 26 districts of Gujarat state in western India. Kheda city is the administrative headquarters of the district.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census Kheda district has a population of 2,298,934,[1] roughly equal to the nation of Latvia[2] or the US state of New Mexico.[3] This gives it a ranking of 197th in India (out of a total of 640).[1] The district has a population density of 541 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,400 /sq mi) .[1] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 12.81%.[1] Kheda has a sex ratio of 937 females for every 1000 males,[1] and a literacy rate of 84.31%.[1]

Culture[edit]

Dakor houses a temple of Lord Ranchodrai, a form of Krishna. The temple town of Vadtal, Bochasan & nadiad comes within this district.

Notable personalities[edit]

India's Jurassic Park-Balasinor[edit]

In the early 1980s, palaeontologists stumbled upon dinosaur bones and fossils during a regular geological survey of Balasinor in Kheda District. The find sent ripples of excitement through neighbouring villages and many residents picked up fossilised eggs, brought them home and worshipped them. Since then excavations have thrown up a veritable trove of dinosaur remains - eggs, bones, a skeleton which is now kept in a Calcutta (Kolkata) museum - bringing hordes of scientists and tourists to the place.

Piecing together the evidence in Balasinor, researchers now believe that Gujarat is home to one of the largest clutch of dinosaur hatcheries in the world. At least 13 species of dinosaurs lived here, possibly for more than 100 million years until their extinction some 66 million years ago. The soft soil made hatching and protecting eggs easier for the animals. So well-protected are the fossilised eggs found here that many researchers call them the best-preserved eggs in the world after the ones found in Aix-en-Provence in France.

These fossilised dinosaur remains have begun triggering off what tourism officials of the Gujarat state call "dinosaur tourism".

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  2. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. "Latvia 2,204,708 July 2011 est." 
  3. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. "New Mexico - 2,059,179" 
  4. ^ Joshi, S. (1969). "Life against Death: The Poetry of Ravji Patel". Books Abroad 43 (4): 499–503. doi:10.2307/40123774.  edit

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Coordinates: 22°45′N 72°41′E / 22.750°N 72.683°E / 22.750; 72.683