Hin: कोटा kota

‘Fort’  [Kotah]  City/District, Rajasthan

From Kotya, a Bhil tribal chief or Skt: koṭa, ‘fort’, ‘stronghold’

The tall ramparts, six gateways and twenty-five towers of Kota Fort loom over the Chambal river. It is said that Jait Singh laid the foundations where Kotya, a Bhil chief, was killed in the battle that won the territory for the new kingdom of Bundi, of which Lota became a part. Kota is Rajasthan’s third largest city.  It became a separate princely state in the 17thC.

The modern city is famous for Kota stone, a fine-grained limestone; Kota Doria saris, handwoven with a fine chequered pattern; its five power stations; and the ‘Seven Wonders’ Sculpture Park with models of the world’s famous buildings.  

For related place names see Indian Place names and Rajasthan place names.


Model of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Kota    Ashish Kumar Diwakar