Infobox Indian Jurisdiction
native_name = Bhuj | type = city | latd = 23.27 | longd = 69.67
locator_position = right | state_name =
altitude = 110
population_as_of = 2001 | population_total = 136429 | population_density =
area_magnitude= sq. km
area_telephone = 2832
postal_code = 370001
vehicle_code_range = GJ-12
sex_ratio = 0.92
juridiction_title_1 = Municipality
unlocode = IN BHJ
footnotes = source:Census of India
autocat = no
Bhuj ( _gu. ભુજ) is a city and a
municipalityin Kachchh district in the state of Gujarat, India. It was established by Rao Hamirjiin 1510 and was made the state capital by Rao Khengarji Iin 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 SampradayTemples which was built on Vikram Savant VaisakhaSud 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.
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
title = Census of India
publisher = Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India
date = 2007-06-26
url = http://censusindia.gov.in/Population_Finder/View_Village_Population.aspx?pcaid=6603&category=U.A.
accessdate = 2008-08-29 ]
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.
Bhuj is connected to
Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhiand 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.
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.
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
* [http://www.kskvkachchhuniversity.org/ Kachchh University]
name = Bhuj
group1 = Capital Town
list1 = Bhuj
group2 = Major cities
list2 = Anjar·
Adipur· Gandhidham· Mundra· Bhuj· Khedoi
group3 = Villages of Bhuj taluka
Sapeda· Kukma· Madhapar· Mangwana· Mindiyana· Chandiya· Chandroda· Khedoi· Pantiya
group4 = Topics
Sarpanch· Taluka Head· · Notable people· · · National parks & Sanctuaries
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