Rajasthan (Raj)

Hin: राजस्थान rājasthān

‘Land of Kings’

From Skt: rāj, ‘king’; and Sktsthāna, ‘country’, ’region’.

During British rule, this area was known as Rajputana, land of the Rajputs. The Rajputs [Skt:(raja)putra, ‘sons (of kings’)] are loosely defined as  a collection of  castes, clans and kinship groups claiming shared social status and descent, and a culture based on warriorhood. Rajputs rose to prominence during the 6-12C centuries. The Rajputs were also active in neighbouring states such as Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.

The modern state is made up of nineteen former princely states and the former district of Ajmer-Merwara. It is the largest state in India: 342,239 km², nearly three times the size of England. Rajasthan is India’s ‘marble’ state: it produces 90 per cent of India’s marble and has estimated reserves of 900 million tonnes.

A personal selection of books on Rajasthan:

Ajmer (Raj)

Hin: अजमेर  ajamer ‘Invincible Ridge’  [Ajay Meru] City, District  Rajasthan....

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Alwar (Raj)

Hin: अलवर alavar. ‘Salwar Town’ [Salwapur] City, District  Rajasthan....

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Banswara (Raj)

Hin: बांसवाड़ा bānsavāṛā ‘Bamboo Country’ - City/District, Rajasthan From...

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Baran (Raj)

Hin: बाराँ bāran ‘Twelve Towns’ [Varah Nagari] City/District Rajasthan From...

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Barmer (Raj)

Hin: बाड़मेर  bāramēr ‘Bahada’s Hill Fort’  [Malani, Bahadamer Kot]...

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Bharatpur (Raj)

Hin: भरतपुर  bharatapūra ‘Bharat’s City’  [Bhurtpore] City/District, Rajasthan...

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Bhilwara (Raj)

Hin: भीलवाड़ा  bhilavāṛā ‘Bhil Country’  City/District,  Rajasthan From Bhil...

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Bikaner (Raj)

Hin: बीकानेर bikānēr ‘Bika’s Grove’  [Bikanagar]  City/District,  Rajasthan...

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Bundi (Raj)

Hin: बूंदी  bundī ‘Narrow Passage’  [Bunda-ka-Nal, Boondi] - City/District, ...

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Chittorgarh (Raj)

Hin: चित्तौड़गढ़  c(h)ittōṛagaṛh 'Chitranga’s Fort’  [Chitrakuta] -...

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Churu (Raj)

Hin: चूरू c(h)urū ‘Churuman’s City’  - City/District, Rajasthan King Churaman,...

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Dholpur (Raj)

Hin: धौलपुर dhaulapur ‘Dhaulya City’  - City/District, Rajasthan Dhawalpuri. ...

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Dungarpur (Raj)

Hin: डूंगरपुर duṅgārapur ‘Dungar’s City’ - City/District, Rajasthan From...

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Jaipur (Raj)

Hin: जयपुर jayapur  ‘Jai Singh’s City’  [Jeypore] City/District, Capital,...

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Jaisalmer (Raj)

Hin: जैसलमेर jaisalamer ‘Jaisal’s Ridge’  - City/District, Rajasthan From...

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Jalore (Raj)

Hin: जालौर jālaur ‘Jabal’s Town’  [Jabalipura, Suvarngiri/Songir] - City,...

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Jhalawar (Raj)

Hin: झालावाड़ jhālāvād  ‘Jhala’s City’   City/District, Rajasthan From Jhala...

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Jhunjhunu (Raj)

Hin: झुन्झुनू  jhun̄jhunū ‘Jhunjhar’s Town’  City/District, Rajasthan From...

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Jodhpur (Raj)

Hin: जोधपुर jōdhpūr ‘Jodha’s City’  City, District, Rajasthan From Jodha and...

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Kishangarh (Raj)

Hin: किशनगढ़ kiśanagaṛh  ‘Kishan’s Fort’  City, Rajasthan From Kishan and Hin:...

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Kota (Raj)

Hin: कोटा kota ‘Fort’  [Kotah]  City/District, Rajasthan From Kotya, a Bhil...

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Luni (Raj)

Hin: लुनि luni ‘Salt River’  Town, river, Rajasthan From Skt: lavaṇa, ‘salt’,...

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Marusthali (Raj)

Hin: मरुस्थली marusthalī ‘Desert Land’  Region, Rajasthan From Skt: maru,...

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Mewar (Raj)

Hin: मेवाड़ा mēvāṛā ‘Abode of the Medas’  Region, Rajasthan Medas and Hin:...

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Mount Abu (Raj)

Hin: माउंट आबू mā'uṇṭ ābū ‘Serpent Forest Mountain’  [Arbudaranya....

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Nagaur (Raj)

Hin: नागौर nāgaur ‘Naga’s City’  City/District, Rajasthan From Naga and...

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Pali (Raj)

Hin: पाली pālī ‘Village’  [Pallika and Palli]  - City/District, Rajasthan From...

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Pushkar (Raj)

Hin: पुष्कर pushkar ‘Blue Lotus’  - City, Rajasthan From Skt: puṣkara, ‘blue...

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Rajsamand (Raj)

Hin: राजसमन्द rājasamand  ‘Raj Lake’ [Rajsamudra]  - City/District, Rajasthan...

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Ranakpur (Raj)

Hin: रणकपुर ranakapur ‘Rana’s Town’  Village/Temple Complex, Rajasthan From...

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Shahpura (Raj)

Hin: शाहपुरा shāhapurā ‘Shah Jahan’s City’  -Town, Rajasthan From Shah Jahan...

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Sirohi (Raj)

Hin: सिरोही sirōhī ‘End of the Desert’  -City.District  Rajasthan From Hin:...

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Sikar (Raj)

Hin: सीकर sīkar ‘Shekha’s Estate’ [Thikana Sikar, Shekhawati] - City/District,...

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Tonk (Raj)

Hin: टोंक tonk Town/District,  Rajasthan (1) Taank/Tak/Tak is a Jat clan...

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Udaipur (Raj)

Hin: उदयपुर udayapur ‘Udai Singh’s City’  City/District, Rajasthan From Udai...

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