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Khetri fort
Khetri fort
khetadi, Copper
Khetri is located in Rajasthan
Location in Rajasthan, India
Coordinates: 27°59′N 75°48′E / 27.98°N 75.8°E / 27.98; 75.8Coordinates: 27°59′N 75°48′E / 27.98°N 75.8°E / 27.98; 75.8
Country India
 • BodyKhetri Municipality and Gothra panchayat
484 m (1,588 ft)
 • Total18,209(Khetri) + 16,933(Khetri Nagar) as per 2,011 census of india
 • OfficialHindi, Marwadi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code01593

Khetri Nagar is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is part of the Shekhawati region. Khetri is actually two towns, "Khetri Town" founded by Raja Khet Singhji Nirwan and "Khetri Nagar" which is about 10 km away from Khetri. Khetri Nagar, well known for its Copper Project, was built by and is under the control of Hindustan Copper Limited, a public sector undertaking under the Government of India. Khetri Nagar is also very well known with name of 'Copper'.


Khetri is located at 27°59′N 75°48′E / 27.98°N 75.8°E / 27.98; 75.8.[1] It has an average elevation of 484 metres (1587 feet). The name of the mountain in khetri is Bhopalgarh.


As of 2001 India census,[2] Khetri had a population of 17,377. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Khetri has an average literacy rate of 67%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 77%, and female literacy is 56%. In Khetri, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Khetri was the independent state of Shekhawat's. The rulers of Khetri belonged to Shekhawat sub-clan (Bhojraj Ji Ka subsub-clan) of Kachawa dynasty of Jaipur. The king of Khetri Raja Ajit Singh of Khetri gave name of Swami Vivekananda, to Narendra. The saffron turban and clothes were given to Swami Vivekananda by Raja Ajit Singh. King Ajit SIngh also financed Swami Viveknanda's visit to Chicago to attend the World Religions' Parliament, held in 1893.

Raja Khet Singh Nirban of Nirban-Chauhan Rajput clan founded the town, later this town was conquered by Shekhawat Rajputs and awarded to Thakur Kishan Singh Ji by his father Maharao Shardul Singh Ji of Jhunjhunu. Khetri is also a part of Panchpana.

Raja Ajit Singh Shekhawat of Khetri was a far sighted and wise ruler, he built many forts, palaces and temples. Swami Vivekanand was also a close friend of Raja Ajit Singh. A statue of Swami Vivekanand is installed on a street roundabout of Khetri as memorial. Raja Sardar Singh was the last titular Raja of Khetri.

A long time ago, the King (Raja) of Khetri was the boss(employer) of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru’s family unit. An interesting fact is that Nandlal Nehru, the uncle of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru was once the Diwan (chief minister) in the Khetri stately court. Moreover, Motilal Nehru (father of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru) lived in Khetri during the early stages of his life.

Khetri fort[edit]

Khetri fort was built in 1754 by the then Shekhawat Rajput raja, Bhopal Singh (Raja Shri Bhopal Singh Shekhawat Ji Saheb Bahadur).[3]


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Khetri
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  3. ^ Dundlod, Harnath Singh (1970). The Sheikhawats and Their Lands. Jaipur: Raj Educational Printers. p. 122. OCLC 309570.

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