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Naliya is located in Gujarat
Naliya is located in India
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 23°15′40″N 068°49′36″E / 23.26111°N 68.82667°E / 23.26111; 68.82667Coordinates: 23°15′40″N 068°49′36″E / 23.26111°N 68.82667°E / 23.26111; 68.82667
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Kutch
Taluka Abdasa
Population (2001)
 • Total 8,968
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Lok Sabha constituency Kachchh
Vidhan Sabha constituency Abdasa[1]

Naliya is a town, which is also the taluka headquarters of Abdasa Taluka of Kutch District, Gujarat, India. It is located on the western end of Kutch 19 km by road from ancient port of Jakhau.


Naliya was a prosperous trading town in past who had trading ties with Zanzibar and Bombay. It had a population of 5238 souls in 1880.[2] It was infamous by late juwansinh jadeja the smuggler. But remembered forever due to Panch Tirth of Jain and kavi "Tej" who used to be nature lover and kutchi poet. Naliya is famous for its lowest temperature all over Gujarat in winter.


In the 2001 census, the village of Mothala had 8,968 inhabitants, with 4,626 males (51.6%) and 4,342 females (48.4%), for a gender ratio of 939 females per thousand males.[3]

Indian Air Force Station[edit]

Naliya also has an Indian Air Force station, which was built here in view of the town's proximity to Pakistan.[4] Nos 45 and 101 Squadrons IAF fly Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21s from the base.[5]


Naliya is on National Highway 8A.

Although, the town had a railway line laid in 1980 to get connected town with Bhuj. The line was abandoned later since Gandhidham-Bhuj section got converted to broadguage and this 101.24 km line became isolated. So this line is not getting used for public, military or freight purpose. Recently gauge conversion to broad gauge has been approved by the Government of India.


Naliya Jain Derasar[edit]

Naliya Jain Derasar

Naliya is centuries old town, which boasts of Jain temples built several centuries ago.[6][7] It is a famous Jain pilgrimage center and one the famous five Jain temples of Abdasa ni Panchtirthi (meaning five-temples of Abdasa) is in the town. Other Jain temples are in nearby places in Abdasa Taluka. The main architects of these centuries old beautiful Jain temples were Mistris of Kutch.[8][9]
Moolnayak Bhagwaan is Chandraprabha.The main idol of Shri Chandraprabhu Bhagwan is Swet varn(white coloured) of about 72 cm in padmasanastha position. Apart from Chandraprabha temple, Shantinath Temple and Asthapad Temple are also really famous

Bustard Sanctuary[edit]

Great Indian bustard

Naliya is also famous for Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary also known as Lala–Parjan Sanctuary, which is located nearby the town. With an area of about only 2 square kilometers, it is the smallest sanctuary in the country. There are approximately 30 great Indian bustards here, second only to Desert National Park, Rajasthan.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Assembly Constituencies-Post delimitation, State: Gujarat, District: Ahmadabad" (PDF). National Information Centre, Government of India. 
  2. ^ Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Cutch, Palanpur, and Mahi Kantha. Printed at the Government Central Press. 1880. p. 244. 
  3. ^ "Census 2001 Population Finder: Gujarat: Kachchh: Abdasa: Naliya". Office of The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Air Force Station,Naliya (kutch),Kutch-370 655
  5. ^, Indian Air Force Order of Battle, accessed October 2011
  6. ^ Shri Naliya Tirth
  7. ^ Naliya
  8. ^ Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya Samaj : A brief History & Glory: by Raja Pawan Jethwa. (2007) Calcutta.pp:28-29
  9. ^ Nanji Bapa ni Nondh-pothi published in Gujarati in year 1999 from Vadodara.
  10. ^ Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Naliya, Kachchh
  11. ^ Naliya Birds