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Bhavnagar district


Bhavnagar district

Main Gate of Shri Khodiyar Mandir
Districts of Saurastra, Gujarat

Bhavnagar District is a district of southeastern Gujarat, India, on the Saurashtra peninsula. It is also known as Gohilwar as major portion of Bhavnagar district was ruled by Gohil Rajputs.[1] The administrative headquarters is in the town of Bhavnagar.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
    • Historical places 2.1
  • Administrative divisions 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Notes and references 5


Bhavnagar District covers an area of over 8334 km². The coastal area is mostly alluvium.

Bhavnagar borders with Ahmedabad District to the northeast, Botad District to the northwest, the Gulf of Cambay to the east and south and Amreli District to the west.


Bhavnagar State was a former princely state under the Raj,[1] ruled by the Gohil Rajputs.[2]

Bhavnagar lost two taluka, Botad and Gadhada to the creation in August 2013 of the new district of Botad.[3]

Historical places

Among the many historical places in Bhavnagar District are:[4]

  • Buddhist caves in Taleja,
  • Statues of Seven Sisters in Rauhishala, and
  • Gandhi Memorial and Sardar Memorial at cresent Circle in the town of Bhavnagar.

Administrative divisions

Bhavnagar District is divided into nine talukas: Bhavnagar, Sihor, Umarana, Gariyadhar, Palitana, Mahuva, Talaja, Ghogha, and Vallbhipur.[5] There are close to 800 villages in this district.


According to the 2011 census Bhavnagar district has a population of 2,388,291,[6] roughly equal to the nation of Jamaica[7] or the US state of Kansas.[8] This gives it a ranking of 133rd in India (out of a total of 640).[6] The district has a population density of 288 inhabitants per square kilometre (750/sq mi) .[6] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 16.53%.[6] Bhavnagar has a sex ratio of 931 females for every 1000 males,[6] and a literacy rate of 76.84%.[6]

Notes and references

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