Rajasthan was known as Rajputana
before its formation in 1949.
Rājputāna, also called
Rājwār, was the pre-1949 name of the present-day Indian state of
Rājasthān, the largest state of the Republic of
India in terms of area.
The maps illustrate the difference between 1909 and
It was ruled by the Rajputs
, from the
seventh and eighth century - and hence its name which literally
means “land of the Rājputs”. Rājasthān, meaning “The Abode of the
Rajas,” was formerly called Rājputānā, “The Country of the Rājpūts”
(sons of rajas).
The area of Rajputana is estimated to be 132,559 square miles
(343,328 square km) and breaks down into two geographic divisions:
- An area northwest of the Arāvalli Range including part of the
Great Indian Desert, with
characteristics of being sandy and unproductive.
- An higher area southeast of the range, which is fertile by
The whole area forms the hill and plateau country between the north
Indian plains and the main plateau of peninsular India.
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