Kolayat

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Kolayat
city
Kolayat is located in Rajasthan
Kolayat
Kolayat
Location in Rajasthan, India
Coordinates: 27°50′00″N 72°57′00″E / 27.8333°N 72.9500°E / 27.8333; 72.9500Coordinates: 27°50′00″N 72°57′00″E / 27.8333°N 72.9500°E / 27.8333; 72.9500
Country  India
State Rajasthan
District Bikaner
Elevation 217 m (712 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 7,346
Languages
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Kolayat is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

It is also the headquarters of the tehsil in the Bikaner Sub-division with the same name.[1] The town is 51 kilometres from Bikaner on the highway to Jaisalmer (Nationa Highway 15).

History[edit]

Kolayat is an historical centre of pilgrimage where the Vedic sage, Kapila is believed to have shed his body under a Peepul tree. Kolayat has a series of marble temples, sandstone pavilions and 52 ghats - bathing places - built around a large artificial lake which never goes dry.

A temple dedicated to Kapila is the venue for an annual fair held in the month of Kartik (Oct-Nov) when, on the day of the full moon, thousands of devotees of the Sankhya philosophy gather to take a dip in the holy waters of Lake Kapil Sarovar. The lake is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of devotees. A livestock fair, mainly for the trading of camels is part of the festivities. [2]

Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL) had an office at Kolayat, functioning until 1997. It was wound up after the end of mineral exploration activities in the surrounding areas. The presence of MECL brought a flow of officers from all parts of the country to this quaint village. Much economic activity was centered around catering the people belonging to MECL. The economic activity became diverse after MECL left the village, Population increased and kolayat has a much changed scenario now.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[3] Kolayat had a population of 7,346. Males constitute 3,963 of the population and females 3,383.[4]

Attractions[edit]

Water Gateways in Kolayat
1.Kolayat Lake
Historical places in Kolayat
2.Kapil Muni Fair

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