Bhavnagar a coastal city of Gujarat was founded in 1723 AD by Bhavsinhji Gohil (1703-64 AD) and named after its founder ruler, is also known as Kathiawar.
The Gohil Rajputs of the Surya Vanshi clan, facing severe competition in Marwar, moved down to the Gujarat coast around AD 1260 and established three capitals - Sejakpur, Umrala and Sirohi.
In 1822-1823, Sirohi was raided by Khanthaji Kadani and Pilaji Gaekwad, but they were repulsed by Bhanvsinhji Gohil. After great losses in the battle, he realized the weakness in location of Sihor and in 1823, he established a new capital 20 kms and named it Bhavnagar.
Bhavnagar is considered a city of education and culture and the people of Bhavnagar are considered to be easy-going, and art-loving. Gujarati and Hindi are the languages spoken.