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For other uses, see Karnal (disambiguation).
Metropolitan City
Karnal is located in Haryana
Karnal is located in India
Location in Haryana, India
Coordinates: 29°41′N 76°59′E / 29.69°N 76.98°E / 29.69; 76.98Coordinates: 29°41′N 76°59′E / 29.69°N 76.98°E / 29.69; 76.98
Country  India
State Haryana
District Karnal district
 • Body Municipal Corporation Karnal
 • Mayor Renu Bala Gupta
 • Member of Parliament Ashwini Chopra
 • MLA, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar
Population (2011)
 • Total 286,827[1]
 • Official Hindi
 • Regional Haryanvi (Western Hindi)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 132001
Vehicle registration HR 05
literacy rate 75.03%[2]
Sex ratio 1.12[3]
Website karnal.gov.in

Karnal (About this sound pronunciation  or the Rice Bowl of India);[4] is a city located in the NCR (National Capital Region) and the headquarters of Karnal District in the Indian state of Haryana. It is one of the Counter-Magnet cities.

Karnal was also known as Karnaal, Kurnaul or Karnaul during the British Raj.[citation needed] Karnal is one of the Counter Magnet Areas. Karnal is said to have been founded by Karna, a key figure in the epic Mahabharata, who died at the hands of his brother and archrival, Arjuna.[5]It is said that Kaurav prince Duryodhan gave "Ang Raaj" as a gift to Karna so he became eligible to fight the Pandav Prince. This "Ang Raaj" was later developed by Karna which is Karnal today.

Karnal has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission. [6]


  1. ^ "Karnal (M Cl)". censusindia.gov.in. Government of India. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Karnal (M Cl)". censusindia.gov.in. Government of India. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Karnal (M Cl)". censusindia.gov.in. Government of India. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "XII Agricultural Science Congress". 
  5. ^ Karnal. District of Karnal http://www.karnal.gov.in/. Retrieved 26 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ http://www.firstpost.com/business/why-only-98-cities-instead-of-100-announced-all-questions-answered-about-smart-cities-project-2410576.html

External links[edit]

Karnal Directory