Guj: ભાવનગર bhāvanagara
‘Bhavsinhji’s City’ – City/District, Gujarat
From Bhavsinhji and Skt: nagar, ‘city’.
This city was founded in 1724 by Bhavsinhji Gohil (1703–1764). It was the capital of Bhavnagar, a princely state before it joined the Indian Union in 1948. It is a diamond cutting and polishing centre and, at Alang, has the world’s largest ship-breaking yard recycling about half of the world’s salvaged ships. It has been called an ‘environmental time bomb‘.