'Junagadh' literally means an ancient fort. It was the capital of
the Junagadh State under the Muslim rulers of Babi Nawabs.
The Junagadh town is located at the foothills of the sacred hill
of Girnar and occupies a special place in the history of Gujarat.
It is situated at 21°31' N latitude and 70°36' E longitude.
Junagadh, at different times in history, was under the influence
of four major religions: Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Muslim. It was
ruled by the Mauryans, Kshatrapas, Guptas, Vallabhis, Chudasamas,
Gujarat Sultans and Babi Nawabs. Both political powers and religious
influences enriched the culture and created fantastic edifices leaving
their mark on the architecture of Junagadh.
was wrested from the Mughal Empire in the mid-18th century by Sher
Khan Babi. He established a dynasty that was later supported by
the British. In 1947, the Muslim ruler ceded his state to Pakistan,
although the population was overwhelmingly Hindu. He was forced
to flee when Indian forces invaded the state.
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