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Bhujio Kotho Jamnagar

Jamnagar city is located in Jamnagar district lying alongside the Gulf of Kutch on the coast in Gujarat. The city was once known as Navanagar, built by Jam Rava Jadeja sometime around 1540 AD. The Jams ruled over an extended empire, stretching as far down as Surat and were on friendly terms with princes of neighboring kingdoms. Located on the coast and on the important trade route, the city was an important trade center in those days. Wars between feuding princes were common and a king had to keep his capital and his people safeguarded against frequent attacks. The Jams of Jamnagar built Lakhota Fort on an island in the middle of Lakhota Lake. The high point of the Fort complex is Bhujio Kotho, a five storeyed structure designed for defensive purposes.

Bhujio Kotho Jamnagar

An Overview of Bhujo Kotho Jamnagar

Construction of the Lakhota Fort, Darbargarh Palace and the Bhujio Kotho is in the typical Indian architecture style of that period. While the Fort and Darbargarh Palace are aesthetically designed and constructed, Bhujio Kotho is purely functional. Bhujio Kotho is a huge circular five storey structure on the bank of the Lakhota Lake. The first floor had guns housed in it pointing in different directions through small windows. On the upper floor one can see the remnants of a huge water tank used to supply water to those inside the fort and the Kotho. From the top one has a panoramic view of Jamnagar city and the areas surrounding it. It is clear the Kotho was a military lookout post to warn against invaders and let the rulers take appropriate measures well in time. The King occupied the lower portions while the topmost floor had lookouts posted. The guns could fire in all directions to repel invaders and thus prevent an invasion and capture.

The Well: A Unique Feature of Bhujio Kotho Jamnagar

Unique to the Bhujio Kotho is the well from which water gushes out when you blow into a hole in the floor. This feature still amazes and astounds visitors. There is also a large collection of armory items that gives us an idea of the guns, swords and other weapons of war used in those days.

Bhujio Kotho suffered extensive damage during the earthquake of 2001 and visitors are not allowed inside or on the upper floors. Still, you can venture there and admire the military strategies and the importance of this key structure for the defense of the city. Jamnagar is about 300 KM from Ahmadabad and is accessible by road, rail and air. Bhujio Kotho is near Khambhaliya Gate and you can visit it in day time.

Historical Relevance of Bhujio Kotho Jamnagar

Located in the heart of Jamnagar, the Bhujio Kotho has survived invasions and is a mute testimony to the valor of countless soldiers who defended this city against invaders, both Indian and Foreign. In order to get the right feel you must visit the Darbargarh Palace and Lakhota Fort. Lakhota Fort is now a museum but you can still wonder at the royal magnificence and lifestyles of the erstwhile rules depicted here and in Darbargarh Palace. With wealth and a vast kingdom to protect they needed appropriate defenses and Bhujio Kotho is the last outpost to survive ravages of time and natural disasters. Visit Jamnagar and the new Pratap Vilas Palace but do not omit to stop by the Bhujio Kotho.

Address of Bhujio Kotho:
Shankar Tekri, Jamnagar
Gujarat 361005

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