Hin: मरुस्थली marusthalī

‘Desert Land’  Region, Rajasthan

From Skt: maru, ‘arid tract’, ‘sandy waste’, ‘desert’;  Skt: sthala, ‘land’, ‘place’.

Marusthali is a 62,000 sq. km region north of the Luni River which forms the sand-dune-covered eastern part of the Thar or Great Indian Desert.

The Aravalli Range dominates in the East; sand dunes feature in the North; and the South is a mix of sand hills, rocks, scattered shrubs and limestone.

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

 

Thar Desert, Rajasthan     sushmita balasubramani