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Jamnagar was called Nawanagar, or the new city and one of the most important princely states of Saurashtra. It was the capital of the former princely State of Navanagar, under the rule of the Jadeja Rajputs. The city is called Jamnagar or the city of Jams, after its founder Jam Raval.

Jamnagar was originally a fortified town with several gateways, on a confluence of two rivers- Nagmati and Rangmati. It is situated at 22° 27' N and 70° 07' E.

Today, the 200-km long Jamnagar coast, is known for its industries with Essar, Reliance, Tata and numerous other industrial giants in the region. Jamnagar itself is a center for the brass industry, Bandhini fabrics and Zari sarees. Visitors to Jamnagar cannot long remain oblivious to its princely past.

History
The Jamnagar district was originally constituted as Halar district. It is not only recent in its origin but also in its modern set up. But the region is of great antiquity and dates back to ancient periods of Jamnagar. According to Pauranik literature, after his migration from Mathura, Lord Krishna established his kingdom at Dwarka, now in Jamnagar district. The Jams of Nawanagar are believed to have been descended from this Yadava race.

Pratap Vilas PalaceThe city was founded by Jam Raval in 1540 AD. His Highness Jam Ranjitsinhji (between 1920 - 1930) developed the city according to western architecture. He built PowerHouse, Vibha Vilas Palace, Jam Bunglow (Bhavendra Vilas Palace), Pratap Vilas Palace, Mann Vilas, Amar Vilas, Arch Vilas, Badminton House, Filtzer House, Coach House, Irwin Hospital and Solarium. Sajuba Girls' High School, Bedi Bunder, Infantry Lines, Jam Raval's Statue, Nursing School, Dayaram Library, Post Office, Central Bank, Railway Station, Parsi Agiyari, Anandabava Ashram and extention of Lal Bunglow are some of the other important places. The city was planned using the urban design elements of axial roads, arcades, markets, entrance gates, clock towers, Town Square, parks, gardens and residential plots.

His Highness Digvijaysinhji (1933 - 1948) was the successor after His Highness Jam Ranjitsinhji. He built Digvijay Woollen Mills, Aerodrome, Dhanvantri Mandir, Digvijay Plot, Gulabnagar, Valsura, and Ranjit Swimming Pool.

The present district takes its name from the city and capital of Jamnagar so named after the rulers who styled themselves as Jams. The Halar district was constituted for the first time in the year 1949 after the merger of princely states into the state of Saurashtra. It constituted of the former Indian states of Nawanagar and Dhrol, Dhrafa Thana and part of Jalia Dewani. After re-organization several territorial changes were effected in practically all the districts of Saurashtra.

On June 19th 1959, the adjoining State of Okhamandal was incorporated to Halar district when Halar was renamed Jamnagar. This district became part of the newly born State of Gujarat on the bifurcation of the Composite State of Bombay on May 1st 1960. In the year 1961 the district consisted of 720 villages and 15 towns.


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