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About the Rajkot district

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Brief about Rajkot District
There are total 8 districts in Saurashtra region of Gujarat State. Among of them, Rajkot district constituted from the central region of Saurashtra. It is Located at 20.57 north latitude to 23.07 east latitude and between 70.20 east longitude to 71.40 north longitude. On the north of the Saurastra there is huge Rann of Kutchh, on the east side Bhavnagar & Surendranagar districts located, on the south of the Saurastra Junagadh & Amreli districts located and on the west of the region Jamnagar district is situated...

As mentioned in poet Mr.Narsinh Mehta’s poem that kathiawad be a land of god, holy saints, which is importantly a part of Mahatma Gandhi’s nation, is a famous place for the king of the jungle as well in Gir throughout asia, whose giant roar brings a thrill to anyone who listens to it.

Rajkot city was founded by Thakorji Vibhaji in the year of 1610 and he ruled about 282 square miles area with 64 villages throughout. In 1720 the deputy subehdar Masum Khan belonging to Sorath regiment defeated the ruler and the name of Rajkot was changed to Masumabad. After that in the year of 1732 the son of the deafeated ruler Meramanji took the revenge of his father’s defeat by defeating Masum Khan again and kept its name Rajkot again

In the year of 1822 the British rule established an agency and kept its name Kathiawad agency. The present Kothi area which houses the customs and railway offices used to house the officials of that british agency during that period. During various changes there was a change in the leadership and again the whole area belonged to the agency which is at present the Sadar area

Rajkot was linked with Wankaner through railways in the year 1889. In 1893 rail link was established between Rajkot and Jetalsar. During that time mostly meter gauge trains were used and which formed the main lifeline of the transport within the areas.

Due to meet the water needs of the Rajkot city which is built on the shore of the river Aaji a new lake called Lalpari was established in the year of 1895.

In 1921 the political leadership of the Kathiawad first met in Rajkot. And during this time Lakhaji Raj represented the first meet and established the first settlement of the political leadership in the area.

In 1925 Mahatma Gandhi for the first time visited the city and thereby established the first educational activities. Today it is a well established centre for rural industries.

In 1937 Vadhera started a wide agitation again the atrocities of Diwan Viravada and thereby started the first satyagrah. And this was finally resolved by Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel. This resolution was finally let down at a later stage and with this development Mahatma Gandhi started the hunger strike to denounce this move. 1942 quit India movement was also a major contributor for Rajkot to become a major hub for the developments as well.