Prior to the mid 15th century, the region that is now Bikaner was a barren wilderness called Jangladesh.
In 1488 Rao Bika established the city of Bikaner.
According to James Tod, the spot which Bika selected for his capital, was the birthright of a Nehra Jat, who would only concede it for this purpose on the condition that his name should be linked in perpetuity with its surrender. Naira, or Nera, was the name of the proprietor, which Bika added to his own, thus composing that of the future capital, Bikaner.
Rao Bika was the first son of MaharajaRao Jodha of the Rathor clan, the founder of Jodhpur and conquered the largely arid country in the north of Rajasthan. As the first son of Jodha he wanted to have his own kingdom not inheriting Jodhpur from his father or the title of Maharaja. He therefore decided to build his own kingdom in what is now the state of Bikaner in the area of Jungladesh. Though it was in the Thar Desert, Bikaner was considered an oasis on the trade route between Central Asia and the Gujarat coast as it had adequate spring water. Bika’s name was attached to the city he built and to the state of Bikaner ("the settlement of Bika") that he established. Bika built a fort in 1478, which is now in ruins, and a hundred years later a new fort was built about 1.5km from the city centre, known as the Junagarh Fort.
The office stated that though the monsoon has departed from western Rajasthan, it has revived in eastern parts of the state ... Meanwhile the monsoon has already withdrawn from the western Rajasthan especially from Bikaner and Jodhpur division covering Bikaner, Churu, Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Jaisalmer, Barmer and Jodhpur districts.
The weather office said the conditions for withdrawal of monsoon - no rains for five days, formation of anti-cyclone and dry weather conditions over the region - were met. "The line of withdrawal of the southwest monsoon passes through Khajuwala, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Naliya," it said.
From September 16, there will be a decrease in the heavy rain activity in eastern Rajasthan and light to moderate rain is likely to be recorded at some places in Kota and Bharatpur divisions, the weather office said. In Bikaner and Jodhpur divisions of western Rajasthan, there is ...
Jaipur Met office said pre-monsoon activity would begin in southern Rajasthan in couple of days ... Districts including Jaipur, Dausa, Bharatpur and Bikaner, also witnessed mild showers in the evening ... Met office.
Jaipur Met office on Tuesday said that many places in the western and ... According to the study by the Jaipur Met office, Phalodi (Jodhpur), Churu, Sriganganagar and Bikaner are likely to have a maximum temperature of 50°C.
Heatwave continues in Rajasthan, Bikaner sizzles at 44.2 deg C. ‘Natwarlal’ held for posing as IAS officer, duping builder of Rs 6 lakh ... Heatwave conditions continued in Rajasthan on Sunday with Bikaner being the hottest place in the state recording a maximum temperature of 44.2 ...