Wankaner

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Wankaner
city
Wankaner palace
Wankaner palace
Wankaner is located in Gujarat
Wankaner
Wankaner
Location in Gujarat, India
Wankaner is located in India
Wankaner
Wankaner
Wankaner (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 Morbi
Elevation 81 m (266 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 43,881
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registration GJ
Website gujaratindia.com

Wankaner is a city and a municipality in Morbi district in the State of Gujarat. Until 2013, Wankaner was part of the Rajkot district.

Etymology[edit]

The city was named after its location on the Machhu River, "Wankaner" translating to "riverbend" ("Wanka" - bend, " -ner" - river) in Gujarati.[2]

Geography[edit]

Wankaner is located at 22°37′N 70°56′E / 22.62°N 70.93°E / 22.62; 70.93.[3] It has an average elevation of 81 meters (265 feet) and is about 53 kilometres (33 mi) from Rajkot.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Wankaner was founded by four friends, and two were saints i.e. Shahbava and Nagabava. Nagabava was the Rajyguru of state. Shahbava in an event cursed the state, that the place would fall due to either fire or water. The temple of Nagabava and dargah of Shahbava survive in the old city, and thousands of people go for worship each day to get blessings. Wankaner has many other Hindu and Muslim places of worship.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Flag of Wankaner State

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