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This article is about the municipality in India. For its namesake district, see Amreli district.
Amreli
Amaraveli
city
Amreli is located in Gujarat
Amreli
Amreli
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 21°37′N 71°14′E / 21.62°N 71.23°E / 21.62; 71.23Coordinates: 21°37′N 71°14′E / 21.62°N 71.23°E / 21.62; 71.23
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Amreli
Government
 • Real Kathi's of Kathiyawar Manjaria
Elevation 128 m (420 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 190,243
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 365601
Telephone code 02792
Vehicle registration GJ 14
Website collectoramreli.gujarat.gov.in

Amreli is a city and a municipality in Amreli district of the Saurashtra region in the state of Gujarat, India.

History[edit]

It is believed that during the year 534 AD Amreli existed was formerly known as Anumanji, Amlik and then Amravati. The city is named in ancient Gujrati as Amarvalli. It is learnt from the prescription that Nagnath temple that ancient name of Amreli city was Amarpalli. Initially Amreli was the part of the former Gaekwad of Baroda. Very little information on historical background is available for Amreli District prior to becoming part of erstwhile Baroda State. Amreli district was named after Amreli city. It is a headquarters of the district.

When Damajirao Gaekwad, the Maratha general, came to Kathiawad in about 1730, three parties viz Kathis of Dubalia carter, some Saiyads holding sanads of lands obtained for the king of Delhi, and Fozdar of Junagadh, subordinate to suba of Ahmedabad, held sway. Damajirao and the Maratha forces defeated all three and levied tribute on all of them. Later Damajirao Gaekwad, established military camps at Amreli and Lati in 1742-43 A.D. In 1800, the then Gaekwads appointed Vithalrao Devaji (Dighe/Kathewad Diwanji) as subehdar of the Gaekwad's Kathiawad possessions. Vithalrao Devaji settled in Amreli and developed the city and its surrounding regions over the next 20 years. It was during this period that Amreli became a small city.

During the Gaekwad regime in 1886, compulsory and free education policy was adopted in Amreli for the first time. After Indian independence in 1947, the district became the part of Bombay State and then a separate district in Gujarat State after the division of Bombay State in 1956 into Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Geography[edit]

Most part of the commercial area is called Tower Road stretching from Tower to the Main Bus stand and further to Gopi Cinema.

Amreli is a small city in Kāthiāwār in Gujarāt. The Kāthiāwār, peninsula of western India, is in Gujarāt State. The peninsula extends southwest into the Arabian Sea and is bounded on the northwest by the Gulf of Kachchh and on the southeast by the Gulf of Khambhāt. Area, about 60,000 km² (about 23,000 sq mi).

Amreli has variety of lands like Medium black, loamy, sandy, rocky inferior and saline mainly groundnut, cotton, sesame, bajri, wheet and grams are grown therein. And it has 2 coastal Areas Jafrabad and Rajula.

The peninsula of Kathiawar is named after the Kathis who came to Saurashtra at the close of the fourteenth century. Their origin is not fully known but it is possible that they were driven southwards by the Muslim invaders. Khachar and Chotila were the most important seats of the Kathis. Worshippers of the Sun, they were essentially nomadic and had developed, among other pastoral occupations, the art of horse-breeding. Successive waves of immigrants from other parts of India have led to a superimposition of different communities and cultures in Kathiawar. The powerful royal families, which conquered Saurashtra later on established their rule over there.

Baroda was a former Indian state in western India, 8,176 square miles (21,180 km2); it had four divisions, three in Gujarat (Kadim, Baroda, and Navsari) and one in the Peninsula of Kathiawar (Amreli, with Okhamandal). Once a part of the Mughal Empire; in the 18th century its princes belonged to Maratha Confederacy; c. 1721 it secured part of Gujarat; in 19th century subject to British administrative control until 1881; became part of Bombay state 1948 and of Gujarat state 1960.

Before 1948, there were some 260 Princely states in the Kāthiāwār Peninsula of western India. These were consolidated in a single state named Saurashtra, in which the former rulers would alternate as the constitutional head. Eventually, as expected, Saurashtra became a part of the state of Gujarāt.

Attractions[edit]

  • Nagnath Temple (built by Vithalrao Devaji)
  • Tower of Amreli
  • Palace of King
  • Shri Girdharilal Sangrahalaya Children Museum and Computer Education Centre(E-Library)
  • Gandhi Bag (Gandhi Garden)
  • Kamnath Dam & Mahadev Temple
  • Kailash Muktidham
  • Siddhi Vinayak Temple
  • Guru Datta Temple
  • Kamani Forward High School
  • Kamani Science & Prataprai Arts College
  • Rokadiya Hanuman Temple
  • Balaji Hanuman Temple
  • Sai Baba Temple
  • Gayatri Temple
  • Swaminarayan Temple
  • Sukhnath Mahadev Temple
  • Rameshwar mahadev Temple
  • Dwarkadhish Haveli
  • Mahatma Muldas Bapu Dham
  • Jivan Mukteshwar Temple
  • Shri Bhojalram Dham
  • Balaji Hanumanji (Rangpur Road)

Attractions (Surrounding Amreli)[edit]

  • Bhurakhiya Hanuman Temple,Lathi
  • Pania Wildlife Sanctuary,Gir
  • Swaminarayan Gurukul,Taravada
  • Dhari Khodiyar Dam & Galadhara Khodiyar Mata Temple,Dhari
  • Dhari Gir National sanctuary,Gir
  • Dhari Yogiji Temple,Dhari
  • Dangigev Temple,Chalala
  • Patel Sankul
  • Varhaswarup Temple,Jafrabad
  • Sarkeshwar Mahadev Temple,Jafrabad
  • Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple,Jafrabad
  • Lunasapuriya Temple,Jafrabad
  • Shiyal bet,Jafrabad
  • Jafrabad Fort,Jafrabad
  • Pipavav Port,Rajula
  • Pipavav Dham,Rajula
  • Ballad Mata Mandir,Rajula
  • Chanch Bungalow,Rajula
  • Ultra Tech Cement Factory,Rajula
  • Sana Vakya Caves,Timbi
  • Hanuman Gala,Khambha
  • Pandav Kund,Babra
  • Dadva Randal Mata Temple,Babra
  • Varahi Mata Temple,Savarkundla
  • River Of Vadi & Thebi
  • Rokadiya Hanumanji Temple ,Amreli

Famous people[edit]

Dr. Jivaraj Mehta, the first Chief Minister of Gujarat, was from this city.

The Poet Kalapi, a famous Gujarati poet, hailed from "Lathi" a small village near Amreli.

Poet Jhaverchand Meghani, a famous Gujarati poet, hailed from "Bagasara" a small town near Amreli. He was a freedom fighter whom Mahatma Gandhi spontaneously gave the title of Rashtreeya Shaayar (National Poet).

Poet Shri Ramesh Parekh, the famous poet hailed from Amreli.

Poet Kant- Kavi Kant, famous poet hailed from Chanvand village of Amreli district.

Muktanand Swami (Devnagari: मुक्त्तान्द स्वामी) (1758–1830) was a sadhu and paramahansa of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. He was born in Amrapur village of Amreli district.

Dr. N. D. Rathod, a leading research scientist hailed from Amreli. Dr. Rathod’s research areas are Agriculture, Agro-ecology, Plant Physiology and grassland. His research work honored by the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (a former name of Texas A&M University, USA). He has served in the field as a research head, fellow and scientist. He has practiced his research work for Gujarat Agriculture University (India), Texas A&M University (USA); including research projects of the World Bank. Dr. Rathod has also served as a head research scientist at South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

K LAL Magician, a world famous magician hailed from Amreli district.

Yogiji Maharaj Sadhu Gnãnjivandas (May 23, 1892 – January 23, 1971), commonly known as Yogiji Maharaj, was an Indian Sadhu and the second leader of Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, who is claimed to be the fourth spiritual successor to Bhagwan Swaminarayan.

Kanji Bhuta Barot' is famous singer of Gujarati culture.

Dina Pathak' is famous bollywood actress & president of National Federation of Indian Women.

Ramesh Oza, is a Hindu preacher famous for Bhagwad Kathakar from a small village Devka near Rajula of Amreli district.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[1] Amreli had a population of 1,95,307. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Amreli has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 55% of the males and 45% of females literate. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age

  • Area - 6,760 km².
  • Population - 12,52,589
  • Male Literacy - 81.82%
  • Female Literacy - 66.97%
  • Headquarters - Amreli
  • Talukas - 10
  • Villages - 595

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

External links[edit]


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171 news items

 
Times of India
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:45:00 -0700

The village is located on the Bhavnagar-Somnath coastal highway and there are about 45 lions close to the Amreli coast. Sources said at least 260 lions have died in the last five years, some of them unnatural deaths in Gir forest, the last abode of ...

AsiaOne

AsiaOne
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:03:45 -0700

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President ...
 
Times of India
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:32:01 -0700

RAJKOT: An eight-year-old girl sustained serious injuries after being attacked by a leopard in Piyava village of Savarkundla taluka in Amreli district. The girl Janu Katariya is being treated at a hospital in Amreli. A native of Madhya Pradesh, Janu ...
 
Times of India
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:31:15 -0700

RAJKOT: A woman farm labourer was killed after she was struck by lightening in a village in Amreli even as parts of Saurashtra continued to be lashed by rains on Thursday. Sources said that Kamuben Mundhva, 22, of Pati in Khambha taluka was working in ...
 
Business Standard
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 07:15:00 -0700

A couple and their five years old son were killed in an accident on the Lathi-Gariyadhar road in the Amreli district today, police said. A car hit from behind the motorbike which the three were riding, said sub-inspector J M Solanki of Lathi police ...
 
Prensa Latina
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:16:41 -0700

31 de agosto de 2014, 12:09Baghdad, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi ground and air forces carried out fierce combats in the surroundings of Amerli district, in Salaheddin province, today, to eliminate the siege imposed to Shia Turkmen by extremists of the ...
 
Newsmax.com
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:10:16 -0700

The administration is particularly concerned about the plight of the northern town of Amreli, where 12,000 residents of Iraq's Turkmen minority have been besieged by the radical Islamists for two months. Obama is said to be considering sending ...
 
Times of India
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:16:53 -0700

RAJKOT: After a break, the rains once again returned to Saurashtra providing the much-needed relief from the hot and humid weather that prevailed over the last few days. Moderate rainfall was reported from parts of Bhavnagar, Botad, Amreli, Rajkot and ...
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