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Raichur (formerly Raichore[1]) is a city municipality in the district of Raichur in the Indian state of Karnataka. Raichur, located between Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers, is the headquarters of Raichur district. It is located 409 km from the state capital, Bangalore.

Raichur
City
Nickname(s): 
Cotton City
Raichur is located in Karnataka
Raichur
Raichur
Location in Karnataka, India
Raichur is located in India
Raichur
Raichur
Raichur (India)
Coordinates: 16°12′N 77°22′E / 16.2°N 77.37°E / 16.2; 77.37Coordinates: 16°12′N 77°22′E / 16.2°N 77.37°E / 16.2; 77.37
Country India
StateKarnataka
DistrictRaichur
Government
 • BodyRMC
Elevation
407 m (1,335 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • City232,456
 • Rank189
 • Metro
251,555
Demonym(s)Raichurians
Languages
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
584101-103
Telephone code91 8532
Vehicle registrationKA-36
Websitewww.raichur.nic.in

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HistoryEdit

 
Iron Cannon On Hill Top Raichur

Raichur has a rich history, having been a part of various empires, such as the Bahmanis sultan's Vijayanagara, Adil Shahi dynasty of bijapur and nizam of hyderabad. The city is famous for its imposing Raichur Fort.[2] Here, stone inscriptions have been found in Persian, Urdu, and Arabic which belonged to the bastion of the fort, referring to its construction in 1294.[3] Among the ruins of the immense fort are many irrigation tanks and old temples. The fort was built by Kakatiya king Rudra in 1284 CE which passed on to the Vijayanagar kingdom after the decline of the Kakatiyas. Thereafter the fort was under dispute for nearly two centuries. It was captured by the Bahmanis in 1323 CE. Saluva Narasimha Raya expressed a wish in his testament that the city of Raichur be recaptured. This had been in the mind of Krishnadevaraya since his coronation in 1509. In the year 1520 Krishnadevaraya sent Saeed Maraikar, a Muslim in his service, to Goa with a large sum of money to buy horses. Maraikar instead went to Adil Khan with the money and offered his services. Krishnadevaraya made a demand that Maraikar be returned along with the money which was duly refused. During the period of peace Krishnadevaraya made extensive preparations for a grand attack on Raichur doab. After the court decided that Raichur should be attacked the king invited all commanders (Nayakas) in his service to take part in the battle.

Raichur is very rich from the epigraphical point of view. It has already yielded hundreds of inscriptions, ranging from the Mauryan period up to the end of the Muslim period. The inscriptions are in a variety of languages such as Sanskrit, Prakrit, Kannada, Telugu, Arabic, and Persian and belonging to almost all the dynasties that ruled over the Dekkan. The most important places from this point of view are Maski, Koppal, Kuknur, Hatti Gold Mines, Mudgal, Lingsugur and Raichur.[4]

GeographyEdit

Raichur is located at 16°12′N 77°22′E / 16.2°N 77.37°E / 16.2; 77.37.[5] It has an average elevation of 407 metres (1335 ft).

DemographicsEdit

As of the 2001 India census,[6]

Hinduism is majority religion in Raichur city with 67.61 % followers. Islam is second most popular religion in city of Raichur with approximately 29.87 % following it. In Raichur city, Christianity is followed by 1.18 %, Jainism by 0.94 %, Sikhism by 0.08 % and Buddhism by 0.08 %. Around 0.00 % stated 'Other Religion', approximately 0.29 % stated 'No Particular Religion'. Official language is Kannada, but English,Telugu, Hindi and Urdu are also spoken in large proportion.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Raichur
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.3
(86.5)
33.2
(91.8)
38.5
(101.3)
40.5
(104.9)
45.0
(113.0)
42.1
(107.8)
31.9
(89.4)
31.8
(89.2)
31.5
(88.7)
31.6
(88.9)
30.2
(86.4)
29.4
(84.9)
34.7
(94.4)
Average low °C (°F) 18.4
(65.1)
20.4
(68.7)
23.3
(73.9)
25.8
(78.4)
26.3
(79.3)
24.0
(75.2)
22.9
(73.2)
22.8
(73.0)
22.7
(72.9)
22.3
(72.1)
20.0
(68.0)
18.1
(64.6)
22.3
(72.0)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 1
(0.0)
1
(0.0)
4
(0.2)
20
(0.8)
39
(1.5)
86
(3.4)
145
(5.7)
140
(5.5)
165
(6.5)
93
(3.7)
13
(0.5)
6
(0.2)
713
(28)
Source: en.climate-data.org

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://barry-lewis.com/research/cemeteries/raichur/
  2. ^ "Welcome to Mera Raichur". meraraichur.com. Retrieved 17 October 2006.
  3. ^ "Stone inscriptions". museums.ap.nic.in/. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2006.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Raichur
  6. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.

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