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Keshod

Junagadh
city
Junagadh is located in Gujarat
Junagadh
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates:
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Junagadh
Elevation 42 m (138 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 156,000
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 362220
Telephone code 02871
Vehicle registration GJ11

Keshod is a city and a Taluka in Junagadh district in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Contents

  • History on the name 1
  • Infrastructure 2
  • Terrain 3
  • Demographics 4
  • References 5

History on the name

It has been told by many old aged people of this city that the name of the city came from a very interesting incident happened during the Mahabharata time. Krishna ran away with Rukhmani and defeated her brother Rukhmayaa. They were escaping in the jungles for days and nights. During this time Rukhmani washed her hair in the small pond(Nowadays called "Utawadiya") available in keshod. Hair are called "Kesha" and to wash is called "Udd" in Sanskrit, hence the name Keshod came from the addition of these to names in Sanskrit "Kesh-Udd". Since that time the city has been called as Keshod.

Infrastructure

Development of this city is very fast in terms of population, art, infrastructures, education and cultural change. The Nawab of Junagadh had built one mahal in Keshod for passing winter in to this city. Nowadays this mahal is converted into Government L.K. Highschool, the oldest highschool of Keshod.

Keshod Airport serves Junagadh district, which was historically used by Nawab of Junagadh Muhammad Mahabat Khanji III while escaping to Pakistan.[1] There are currently no scheduled operations at the airport.[2]

In 2014-2015, work towards completion of by pass highway is going on. So after fully operation Keshod city by pass will allow tourists (towards Somnath, Veraval, etc.)to drive on smooth and low traffic wide road as they do not have to cross the city.

Terrain

Keshod's landscape is mostly dry. It is 30 kilometres from the sea. During the monsoon months it often rains heavily in and around Keshod but the searing heat means that for a lot of the year there are problems with receiving running water. Farming is the largest employer with ground nut being the most popular crop grown and also business factories like Ramayan Group are leading.

Demographics

Keshod is mostly inhabited by Hindus, but about 5% are Muslim.

References

  1. ^ Chopra, Pran Nath (1992). Encyclopaedia of India, Volume 30. Rima Pub. House. p. 42. 
  2. ^ "Indian Air Farce".  
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