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Karnal (About this soundpronunciation  is a city located in Haryana, India and is the headquarters of Karnal District.

Cantonment Church Tower
Cantonment Church Tower
Rice Bowl of India
Karnal is located in Haryana
Location in Haryana, India
Karnal is located in India
Karnal (India)
Coordinates: 29°41′N 76°59′E / 29.69°N 76.98°E / 29.69; 76.98Coordinates: 29°41′N 76°59′E / 29.69°N 76.98°E / 29.69; 76.98
Country India
DistrictKarnal district
RegionNorth India
Named forKarna
 • BodyMunicipal Corporation Karnal
 • MayorRenu Bala Gupta
 • Member of ParliamentSanjay Bhatia
 • MLA, Chief MinisterManohar Lal Khattar
 • Total2,520 km2 (970 sq mi)
 • Total286,827[1]
 • Density598/km2 (1,550/sq mi)
 • OfficialHindi, Punjabi, English
 • RegionalHaryanvi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationHR 05
literacy rate84.60%[1]
Sex ratio996/1000 Female/Male

Karnal is said to have been founded by Karna, a key figure in the epic Mahabharata, who died at the hands of his half-brother and archrival, Arjuna.[2]

It was also used by East India Company army as a refuge during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in Delhi.



Smart CityEdit

Karnal was ranked 24th (1st in Haryana) among 4000+ cities in the list of Indian cleanest cities of India under Swachh Survekshan 2019.[7] Karnal is the only non CNCR city of Haryana in the list of cities with best living standard in India according to Livability Index. Faridabad , Karnal and Gurugram are the only cities from Haryana in Top 100 in the list. Karnal is also known as the Paris of Haryana. Karnal is also one of the OFD++ cities of India. Karnal is among the cities with the highest per capita in Haryana.

Karnal was selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission.[8]

People from KarnalEdit

Anish (15 yrs) , is the youngest Indian gold medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games when he won the men's 25m rapid fire pistol event is also from karnal.


  1. ^ a b "Karnal (M Cl)". Government of India. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  2. ^ Karnal. "Karnal". District of Karnal. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  3. ^ [1], official website.
  4. ^ [2], official website.
  5. ^ Maharana Pratap Horticultural University, Karnal, official website.
  6. ^ [3], official website.
  7. ^ "Cleanliness survey: Karnal city needs toilets to improve rank". The Tribune. 17 March 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Karnal to be developed as smart city".
  9. ^ "Only 98 cities instead of 100 announced: All questions answered about the smart cities project". 28 August 2015.
  10. ^ Global, Signature. "Signature Global to invest in affordable housing Karnal". Signature Global.

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