Wankaner

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Wankaner
city
Wankaner is located in Gujarat
Wankaner
Wankaner
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 22°37′N 70°56′E / 22.62°N 70.93°E / 22.62; 70.93Coordinates: 22°37′N 70°56′E / 22.62°N 70.93°E / 22.62; 70.93
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Rajkot
Elevation 81 m (266 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 43,881
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Wankaner is a city and a municipality in Rajkot district in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Geography[edit]

Wankaner is located at 22°37′N 70°56′E / 22.62°N 70.93°E / 22.62; 70.93.[2] It has an average elevation of 81 metres (265 feet).

Located near Rajkot, Wankaner is a town known for its hills, life, business and ceramic industries.

Well known places[citation needed] are :1. "Kalkama ni Tekari", 2. Gayatri Mandir, 3. Ranjit Vilas Palace, 4. Jadeshwer Mahadev, 5. Gatral Mandir, 6. Motareshwar Mahadev Mandir, 7. Nagabawa Mandir, 8.shaha bawa na minara, 9. Royal Oasis Hotel, 10. Maharaja Amar Sinh ji (Tika Bapu), 11. Amar Sinh Ji Mills (Now Kores Ltd. Mill)

History[edit]

Wankaner State was an 11-gun salute state during the British Raj era, when it was governed by members of the senior branch of the Jhala dynasty.[3]

Palaces[edit]

Wankaner Palace

Wankaner Palace is a beautiful historical Indian palace. It was built up by Maharaja of Wankaner H.H. Amarsinhji in 20th century. The palace has lots of historical items like decorative doors, windows, antique chairs, mirrors and other such antique items. Royal Oasis Wankaner is one of the finest heritage hotel of India. Actually, it was vacation palace of Maharaja of Wankaner during his rule in the state. Now, Royal Oasis converted into heritage hotel of Wankaner. Current Maharaja of Wankaner is H.H. Dr. Digvijay Sinh Zala, he was also former union minister and member of parliament in the Indian government.

It is believed that there were 3 friends, Nagabava, Shahbava and Vanmalibava. Nagabava was the Rajyguru of state. Shahbava cursed the state, that the state will fall due to either fire or water. No other means can devastate the city. Nagabava and Shahbava shrines (tombs) are near to each other. There is a big public fair every year on Shravan vad 9, 10.

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