One story about the leader of the city Rai Kalha III, the Muslim Rajput chief of Raikot, says that he once had the opportunity to offer his hospitality to Guru Gobind Singh, the founder of Sikhism, in 1705, at the risk of losing everything, including his life and that of his family. In appreciation and gratitude,Guru Gobind Singh gave him a Ganga Sagar[clarification needed], a sword, and a wooden rehel[clarification needed] (used for reading religious scriptures) as personal gifts for his brevity and courage.[see References- Kalha Rai]
During the era of the British Raj, the Kuka movement in August 1871 led to the hanging of three persons in the city for trying to get cow slaughter houses closed.
As of the 2001 Indian census, Raikot had a population of 24,738. Males constituted 53% of the population and females 47%. Raikot has an average literacy rate of 66%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 70%, and female literacy is 62%. Population is a mixture of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Muslims.