Karnataka (ಕನಾ೯ಟಕ, pronounced Karnataka.ogg|[kəɾˈnɑːʈəkɑː]) is a state in the southern part of India. It was created on November 1 1956, with the passing of the States Reorganisation Act. Originally known as the State of Mysore, it was renamed Karnataka in 1973.
Karnataka is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, Goa to the northwest, Maharashtra to the north, Andhra Pradesh to the east, Tamil Nadu to the southeast, and Kerala to the southwest. The state covers an area of 191791|sqkm|sqmi|0|abbr=on or 5.83% of the total geographical area of India. It is the eighth largest Indian state by area, the ninth largest by population and comprises 29 districts. Kannada is the official and most widely spoken language.
Though several etymologies have been suggested for the name Karnataka, the generally accepted one is that Karnataka is derived from the Kannada words karu and nādu, meaning elevated land. Karu nadu may also be read as Karu (black) and nadu (region), as a reference to the black cotton soil found in the Bayaluseeme region of Karnataka. The British used the word Carnatic (sometimes Karnatak) to describe both sides of peninsular India, south of the Krishna River.
With an antiquity that dates to the paleolithic, Karnataka has also been home to some of the most powerful empires of ancient India. The philosophers and musical bards patronised by these empires launched socio-religious and literary movements which have endured to the present day. Karnataka has contributed significantly to both forms of Indian classical music, the Carnatic and Hindustani traditions. Writers in the Kannada language have received the most number of Jnanpith awards in India. Bangalore is the capital city of the state and is at the forefront of the rapid economic and technological development that India is experiencing.
Quotes about Karnataka
We received an alert last night that there is possibility of a three-member LeT gang striking at Andhra Pradesh and the Centre wants Karnataka to be also on alert.In Fear of LeT strike puts South India on alert
We received an alert last night that there is a possibility of a three-member LeT gang striking in Andhra Pradesh and Centre wants Karnataka to be also on alertIn Southern states on alert over possible LeT terror threat
We received an alert last night that there is possibility of a three-member LeT gang striking at Andhra Pradesh and the Centre wants Karnataka to be also on alert.In Karnataka on high alert after Centre's warning of LeT strikes