Kotkapura

Kotkapura

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<!-- See WikiProject Indian cities for details -->Kotkapura is a historic city some 50&nbsp;km from Bathinda, in the state of Punjab, India. It is the largest city in the Faridkot District and has a large cotton market, considered one of the best in Asia.It takes around 20 minutes by bus from Faridkot, 5 hours by from Chandigarh and 2.5 hours from Ludhiana,and 7 hours from New Delhi by train to reach the city.It is a central city on route to Ganganagar,Ludhiana,Bathinda,Firozpur. Kotkapura takes its name from its founder, Nawab Kapura Singh, and the word "kot", meaning a small fort – literally the "fort of Kapura".

Demographics

As of the 2001 Indian census, Kotkapura has a population of 80,741. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Kotkapura has an average literacy rate of 61%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 65%, and female literacy is 57%. In Kotkapura, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age. Alternatively, Kotkapura has a population of 128,000, not including significant floating population due to seasonal work demands in the cotton market and fields.

History

Bhallan, founder of the Faridkot principality, was an ardent follower Guru Har Gobind, the 6th Sikh guru. He helped Guru Har Gobind-ji in the Battle of Mehraj, but died issueless in 1643. He was succeeded by his nephew, Kapura, who founded the town of Kotkapura in 1661. Nawab Kapura was the...
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