PRINCIPALITY OF BIKANER
Princely States of Rajputana - Rajasthan, Rajputana Residency, Present-day
17 Gun Salute
Area: 60, 391 sq.km
Acceded to the Union of India on April 7, 1949
Founded in 1465 by Rao Bika, a son of Rao Jodha, founder of Jodhpur.
The State of Bikaner has a rectangular flag , horizontally red over saffron,
with in the center the arms. At the bottom is a yellow pedestal, on which a
shield rests with a white falcon with a grey shadow, and a yellow crown.
Bikaner was a former Indian state, now part of Rajasthan, NW India; 23,181 square miles; desolate tract, part of Thar Desert without a single stream. The northern part is watered by irrigation channels. Founded about 1465 by Rajput chief; adhered loyally to Mogul Empire;
waged wars with Jodhpur through 18th century; received British political
agent in 1883. Capital, Bikaner, is 140 miles West of Delhi. Title:
Jarig Bakker, 10 November 1998