derives its name from the geographical feature related to the location
of the town 'Wanka' means a bend and 'Ner' means water stream in
Gujarati. Wankaner literally means a bend on the stream and it is
located on the bend of the Machchhu River in Rajkot district of
Gujarat. It is located at 22°43' N latitude and 70°56'E
The Jhala Rajput clan ruled Wankaner, the capital of the former
princely State of Wankaner, until Indian independence in 1947 AD.
It was one of the four princely states of Jhalawad, other three
were Wadhvan, Limbdi and Dhangadhra.
Santanji founded the princely State of Wankaner in 1605 AD and
the town was fortified in the late 18th century for protection against
the bandits and neighboring enemies. King Amarsinhji, a noble ruler,
who made Wankaner a rich city-state, ruled Wankaner up until 1947
Under the patronage of Amarsinhji, five palaces and many bungalows
were built. The palaces were named after the rulers of the princely
states of Kutch, Rajkot, Mayurbhanj and Jamanagar. Amarsinhji built
the Ranjit Vilas Palace on a hill, overlooking Wankaner town. It
took seven years to complete (1907-14 AD) and was designed by Amarsinhji
himself. It was inaugurated by and named after his dear friend Jam
Ranjitsinhji of Jamnagar. The ground of the palace extends to two
hundred and twenty five acres. The state guesthouse, Chandra Bhavan
is also located in the same campus near the Ranjit Vilas Palace.
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