City, north-central Rajasthan state, northwestern India. It lies 240 miles (386 km) west of Delhi. The city was the capital of the former princely state of Bikaner. About 1465 Rao Bika, a Rajput chieftain of the Rathor clan, began to conquer the area from other Rajput clans. In 1488 he began building the city of Bikaner ('the settlement of Bika'). He died in 1504, and his successors gradually extended their possessions.
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