Bhuj

Infobox Indian Jurisdiction
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district = Kachchh
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postal_code = 370001
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Bhuj ( _gu. ભુજ) is a city and a municipality in Kachchh district in the state of Gujarat, India. It was established by Rao Hamirji in 1510 and was made the state capital by Rao Khengarji I in 1549. Presently, it is the district headquarter of the Kachchh ditrict, the second largest district in India. Bhuj is home to one of the first Swaminarayan Sampraday Temples which was built on Vikram Savant Vaisakha Sud 5th, 1879 (approx. 1822 in the Gregorian calendar).

In January 2001, the city was struck by a major earthquake which caused a great deal of damage to the city.

Demographics

The total population of Bhuj was 136,429 in the year 2000, which consisted of 71,056 males and 65,373 females. The total number of houses were 27,992. cite web
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Geography

Bhuj has an average elevation of 110 metres (360 feet). On the eastern side of the town is a hill known as Bhujiyo that separates Bhuj and Madhapar village. It has one big lake named Hamirsar and several small lakes.

The old town was surrounded by the fort, which had five major gates and one small gate known as "bari" (which means window). Much of the fort wall has fallen down due to recurring earth-quakes in the region.

Transportation

Bhuj is connected to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi and other major cities of India by trains. It has a domestic airport from where daily flights operate to Mumbai. It is also connected to Madhapar, a wealthy town close to Bhuj city centre, through a network of small roads and new highways.

Education

Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma Kachchh University [http://www.kskvkachchhuniversity.org/] is located in Bhuj. University has 22 colleges affiliated, seven of them are in Bhuj. University gives degrees in Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, Education, Management, Pharmacy, Social Welfare and Engineering.

Culture

Bhuj is a famous destination for shopping of handicraft work. Artists of nearby villages bring their art work for sale in Bhuj. Important landmarks for people wishing to study and know more about kutchi embroidery are Shrujan, Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS), Kalaraksha and Women Artisans' Marketing Agency (WAMA).

Bhuj as Taluka

Following villages belong to this taluka:MadhaparKukmaSukhparMirjapurMankuva

See also

* Nagalpar
* Sinugra
* Pantiya
* Khedoi
* Lovariya
* Chandiya
* Chandroda
* Mindiyana
* Shinai
* Adipur
* Gandhidham
* Bhuj
* Anjar
* Kandla
* Mundra

Administrative Legends

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References

External links

* [http://www.kskvkachchhuniversity.org/ Kachchh University]

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