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‘.

Shipbreaking Operation at Alang     Adam Cohn