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 (bē′kə-nîr′, -nâr′)
A city of northwest India in the Thar Desert near the Pakistani border west-southwest of Delhi. It has several 16th-century Rajput palaces built of red sandstone.
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(Placename) a walled city in NW India, in Rajasthan: capital of the former state of Bikaner, on the edge of the Thar Desert. Pop: 529 007 (2001)
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(ˈbi kəˌnɪər, -ˌnɛr, ˈbɪk ə-)

a city in NW Rajasthan, India. 416,289.
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Next holidays he was out with Mahbub, and here, by the way, he nearly died of thirst, plodding through the sand on a camel to the mysterious city of Bikanir, where the wells are four hundred feet deep, and lined throughout with camel-bone.
Although after the death of Banda Buhadar the Sikhs were without leader and hardheartedly treated by the government but the courage in their hearts could not pack down, most of them fled towards jungles, deserts and hills of Rajputana and Bikanir and plundered the caravans and government officers for vengeance and also to meet their basic necessities of life.
Middle row: Sir SP Sinha (First Native Member of Viceroy's Council, India), The Maharajah of Bikanir (representing the Ruling Princes of India), Sir James Meston (Lieutenant-Governor of United Provinces of Agra and Oudh), The Rt Hon Austen Chamberlain (Secretary for India), The Rt Hon Lord Robert Cecil (Minister of Blockade), The Rt Hon Walter H.
Geographically, Cholistan comprises of parts from district Bahawalnagar on the east, district Ghotki of Sindh province on the west, district Jasilmir and state of Bikanir (India) on the south and district Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan on the north.
The copy of the Good Book found in Bikanir, an octavo volume, the Holy Writ with the subtitle "Bombay," is a terrifying, monstrous book, as the protagonist comments near the end of the story.