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Kutch (Kuchchh) District, State of Gujarat
Kutch (Kuchchh) District, State of Gujarat

Kutch (also spelled "Cutch", "Kachh", "Kachch" and even "Kachchh") is a district of Gujarat state in western India. Covering an area of 45,612 km2, it is the largest district in the state of Gujarat and the second largest in India. According to some theorists, the name "Kutch" is a reference to the shape of the area, which when viewed from space, resembles a tortoise. The word for "tortoise" is Kaachbo in the Kutchi and Gujarati languages. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1058x749, 63 KB) Summary District of Kuchchh (Kutch) of Gujarat State (India) - Self Made - w:User:Miljoshi - December 2005 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Kutch User:MiljoshiGrafix ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1058x749, 63 KB) Summary District of Kuchchh (Kutch) of Gujarat State (India) - Self Made - w:User:Miljoshi - December 2005 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Kutch User:MiljoshiGrafix ... Local government areas called districts are used, or have been used, in several countries. ... Gujarat (Gujarati: , Hindi: ,, IPA ; also spelled Gujrat and sometimes Gujarath). ... Gujarat (Gujarati: , Hindi: ,, IPA ; also spelled Gujrat and sometimes Gujarath). ... Genera Chersina Dipsochelys Furculachelys Geochelone Gopherus Homopus Indotestudo Kinixys Malacochersus Manouria Psammobates Pyxis Testudo A tortoise is a land-dwelling reptile of the order Testudines. ... The Kutchi language (also spelled Kachchi) is an Indo-Aryan Language spoken in the Kutch region of the Indian state of Gujarat, with about 866,000 speakers. ... Gujarati (ગુજરાતી Gujarātī; also sometimes Gujrati) is an Indo-European, Indo-Aryan language. ...

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Geography

Kutch is virtually an island, bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west; the Gulf of Kutch, which separates it from the Kathiawar peninsula, to the south and southeast; and by the Rann of Kutch, a sprawling but seasonal wetland, to the north and east. In ages past, the Rann of Kutch was an extension of the Arabian Sea. A range of hills runs east-west, parallel to the Gulf of Kutch. The border with Pakistan lies along the northern edge of the Rann of Kutch; the north-eastern border with Pakistan along Sir creek is the subject of a border dispute. Map of the Arabian Sea. ... The Gulf of Kutch is an inlet of the Arabian Sea along the west coast of India, in the state of Gujarat. ... Kathiawar in between Gulf of Kutch and Gulf of Khambat. ... Rann of Kutch on the Top Left. ...


It is recorded that a massive earthquake hit Kutch on June 16, 1819. This partially changed the course of a section of the river Indus and caused a surface depression that became an inland sea. Global earthquake epicenters, 1963–1998 An earthquake is a sudden and sometimes catastrophic movement of a part of the Earths crust. ... June 16 is the 167th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (168th in leap years), with 198 days remaining. ... 1819 common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The Indus River in northern Pakistan, near the rock Aornus. ...


Administrative divisions

The administrative headquarters of Kutch district is Bhuj. Bhuj is a town in Gujarat, India. ...


Language and people

The languages spoken predominantly in Kutch are Kutchi and Gujarati. Kutchi is a language that draws heavily from its two neighbouring language groups: Sindhi and Gujrati. The Kutchi language has not historically been a written language, though in modern times it is occationally written in the Gujarati script. Kachchhi and Gujarati are not mutually intelligible though Sindhi and Kachchhi are to some extent. The Kutchi language originates from Kutch, India. ... Gujarati (ગુજરાતી Gujarātī; also sometimes Gujrati) is an Indo-European, Indo-Aryan language. ... Sindhi (سنڌي، सिन्धी sindhī) is the language of the Sindh region of South Asia, which is now a province of Pakistan. ...


A number of Kutchi kanbis migrated to Africa, especially South Africa, in the early 1960's and also form a substantial expatriate population in the United Kingdom.


Kutch has a strong tradition of crafts and is famous for its embroidery. Some of the finest ari embroidery was stiched for royalty here whilst women in every village were busy preparing beautiful clothes and decorations for dowries. Unfortunately many of these fine skills have now been lost though some are being rejuvenated through handicrafts initiatives.


Another important art of Kutch is Bandhani, which was primarily originated in the region. Women wear sari of Bandhani art in festives like Marriages, Navaratri and Diwali. Handprinting is used to make the Bedspreads, pillow covers and other such furnishing products for households.


History

Remote and sparsely populated while the district of Kutch may be, it has had an interesting history.


Princely Kutch

Kutch was formerly an independent state, founded in the late 13th century by a samma rajput named Jada, from which name the Jadeja rajputs derive their patronymic. The Jadeja dynasty ruled not only Kutch but also much of neighbouring Kathiawar for several centuries until the independence of India in 1947. In 1815, Kutch became a British protectorate and ultimately a princely state, whose local ruler acknowledged British sovereignty in return for local autonomy. A beautiful mirror palace, one surviving relic of the princely era is the Aina Mahal ("mirror palace"), built in the 1760's at Bhuj for the Maharao of Kutch by Ram Singh Malam who had learnt glass, enamel and tile work from the Dutch. (12th century - 13th century - 14th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 13th century was that century which lasted from 1201 to 1300. ... Jadeja is a chandravanshi rajput kula. ... Kathiawar in between Gulf of Kutch and Gulf of Khambat. ... The Indian independence movement was a series of steps taken in the Indian subcontinent for independence from British colonial rule, beginning with the Rebellion of 1857. ... The Battle of New Orleans 1815 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... A princely state is any state under the reign of a prince, both terms being taken in the broad sense. ... Bhuj is a town in Gujarat, India. ...


Recent history

Upon the independence of India in 1947, Kutch acceded unto the dominion of India and was constitited an independent commissionerate. It was created a state within the union of India in 1950. On November 1, 1956, Kutch was merged with Bombay state, which in 1960 was divided into the new linguistic states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Kutch thereupon became a part of Gujarat state. The Indian independence movement was a series of steps taken in the Indian subcontinent for independence from British colonial rule, beginning with the Rebellion of 1857. ... The Dominion of India was a political entity that existed between August 15, 1947 and January 26, 1950. ... India is subdivided into twenty-eight states, six union territories and the National Capital Territory. ... ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bombay state is a former state of India. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Maharashtra (Devanagari: महाराष्ट्र, literally: Great Nation)( (help· info)) is Indias third largest state in terms of area and second largest in terms of population after Uttar Pradesh. ... Gujarat (Gujarati: , Hindi: ,, IPA ; also spelled Gujrat and sometimes Gujarath). ...


After the Partition of India in 1947, the province of Sindh, including the port of Karachi, ended up in Pakistan. The Indian Government constructed a modern port at Kandla in Kutch to serve as a port for western India in lieu of Karachi. Britains holdings on the Indian subcontinent were granted independence in 1947 and 1948, becoming four new independent states: India, Burma (now Myanmar), Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and Pakistan (including East Pakistan, modern-day Bangladesh). ... Sindh (Sind) (Sindhi: سنڌ ;Urdu: سندھ) is one of the four provinces of Pakistan and is home to the Sindhis, Muhajirs and various other groups. ... It has been suggested that Karachi District be merged into this article or section. ... The page wrongly redirected to Khambhat - Cambay. ... It has been suggested that Karachi District be merged into this article or section. ...


The epicenter of 2001 Gujarat Earthquake was in this district. It was the most severe earthquake (out of more than 90 earthquakes) to hit Kutch in 185 years. Much of Bhuj was destroyed or damaged as were many villages. Many of the attractions of Bhuj including the Aina Mahal have still not been restored. The 2001 Gujarat earthquake took place on January 26, 2001 at 8:46 in the morning in Bhuj in Gujarat, India. ...


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 • Capital: Gandhinagar
 • Major cities: Ahmedabad | Surat | Vadodara | Rajkot | Jamnagar | Bhavnagar
 • Districts: Ahmedabad | Amreli | Anand | Banaskantha | Bharuch | Bhavnagar | Dahod | Dang | Gandhinagar | Jamnagar | Junagadh | Kheda | Kutch | Mehsana | Narmada | Navsari | Panchmahal | Patan | Porbandar | Rajkot | Sabarkantha | Surat | Surendranagar | Vadodara | Valsad

 • History • Notable people • Cities and Towns • Education institutes • National parks & Sanctuaries Image File history File links Emblem_of_India. ... India is subdivided into twenty-eight states, six union territories and the National Capital Territory. ... Gujarat (Gujarati: , Hindi: ,, IPA ; also spelled Gujrat and sometimes Gujarath). ... Governors of Gujarat See Also Gujarat Governors of India Links Categories: India-related stubs | Gujarat | Indian politicians | Office-holders | Government of India ... This article lists the Chief Ministers of Gujarat state in chronological order. ... The Indian state of Gujarat was created in 1960 out of the 17 northern districts of former Bombay state: Ahmedabad, Amreli, Banaskantha, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Dang, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Kheda, Kutch, Mehsana, Panchmahal, Rajkot, Sabarkantha, Surat, Surendranagar, and Vadodara. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1058x749, 65 KB) Summary Gujarat State (India) with district boundries and city marks - Self Made - w:User:Miljoshi - December 2005 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Gujarat User:Miljoshi ... This is a list of Indian state and union territory capitals. ... Gandhinagar is the capital of Gujarat State, India. ... Ahmedabad (Gujarati: અમદાવાદ) or Ahmadābād is the largest city in Gujarat and the 7th largest city in India, with a population of more than 5. ... Surat (Gujarati:સુરત) is a port city in the Indian state of Gujarat and administrative headquarters of the Surat District. ... Vadodara, also known as Baroda, is the third-most populated town in Gujarat after Ahmedabad and Surat, and is one of four towns in the state with a population of over 1 million, the other being Rajkot. ... Rajkot (2005 pop. ... Jamnagar is a city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, and serves as the capital of the Jamnagar district. ... Bhavnagar is a city in the Gujarat state of India. ... The Indian state of Gujarat was created in 1960 out of the 17 northern districts of former Bombay state: Ahmedabad, Amreli, Banaskantha, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Dang, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Kheda, Kutch, Mehsana, Panchmahal, Rajkot, Sabarkantha, Surat, Surendranagar, and Vadodara. ... Ahmedabad district is surrounded by Mehsana, Sabarkantha, and Gandhinagar districts to the north, Kheda district to the east, the Gulf of Cambay and Bhavnagar district to the south, and Surendranagar district to the west. ... Amreli District is an administrative district in the state of Gujarat in India. ... District of central Gujarat Anand District is an administrative district of Gujarat state in western India. ... Banaskantha is a district in Northeast of Gujarat state of India. ... Bharuch (also known as Broach) is a district in south Gujarat state in India. ... Bhavnagar is a peninsual district of Western Gujarat. ... Dahod District is located in Gujarat state, it contains the city of Dahod. ... Dang is an administrative district in the state of Gujarat in India. ... Gandhinagar district is an administrative division of Gujarat, India whose headquarters are at Gandhinagar, the state capital. ... Jamnagar District is located in Gujarat state. ... Districts of Saurastra, Gujarat The district of Junagadh is located on the Kathiawar peninsula in western Gujarat, with the city of Junagadh as its administrative headquarters. ... Kheda District has a population of over 17 lakhs and an area of 3,943 sq. ... Districts of Northern Gujarat Mehsana District is located in Gujarat. ... Narmada is an administrative district in the state of Gujarat in India. ... Navsari is an administrative district in the state of Gujarat in India, with its headquarters at Navsari city. ... Panchmahal, also Panch Mahal, is a district in the western India, in the eastern portion of Gujarat state. ... Patan District is located in Gujarat, it contains the city of Patan, Gujarat See also Patan Category: ... Porbandar is also a district in the state of Gujarat, India. ... Districts of Saurastra, Gujarat Rajkot is a district in the Indian state of Gujarat with the administrative headquarters of Rajkot city. ... Districts of Northern Gujarat Sabarkantha is a district in Northeast of Gujarat state of India. ... Surat is a district in the state of Gujarat with Surat city as the administrative headquarters of this district. ... Surendranagar is an administrative district in the state of Gujarat in India. ... Vadodara is a district of Gujarat, India surrounded by Panchmahal, Dahod (North), Bharuch, Narmada (South), Anand and Kheda (West) districts. ... Valsad is a district in the western Indian state of Gujarat. ... This is a list of famous and notable people who can trace their ancestory to Gujarat, India. ... The Gujarat state of western India has four National Parks and twenty-one Wildlife Sancturies. ...


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kutch - definition of kutch - Labor Law Talk Dictionary (367 words)
Kutch is bounded by the Pakistan to the north, the Arabian Sea to the west, and the Gulf of Kutch, which separates Kutch from the Kathiawar peninsula, to the south and southeast.
Kutch includes the Rann of Kutch, a huge wetland that forms the northern and eastern part of the region, south of the border between India and Pakistan.
The languages spoken predominantly in Kutch are Kutchi and Gujarati.
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