Capital Province of Mahana
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The Nuragara Province, otherwise known officially as the Nuragara Capital Province, is the most populous of the Mahanan provinces. It is bordered by the Nyandak and Thubten provinces to the west, the Paranani Province to the south and the Sadheshi Province to the east. Nuragara has a population of an estimated 9.2 million as of 2020.
Nuragara is densely populated, containing both the capital city of Jutpandi as well as the large metropolitan city of Battagara. The geography of Nuragara is diverse, being amongst the largest provinces of Mahana, so it ranges from valleys in the south, along the footsteps of the Samripes, to lush forests in the central regions.
The Nuragara province is bordered by the Nyandak and Thubten provinces to the west, the Paranani Province to the south and the Sadheshi Province to the east. It is an average sized province, around X km2 (X sq mi).
A lot of Nuragara's population lives within the two major urban areas of Jutpandi and Battagara, with the cities having a combined population of around 2,474,000. The rest of the diaspora is located around other large urban towns and villages. The two major cities of the province started as merchant and market cities, acting as holding points for the Pearl Road over a millennium ago. The important town of Lumbini is located only 20 miles south of the border of the province however it was included in the historic borders of the province.
Within the north-eastern most points of the province, the most western points of the Sheshtri National Park lie. As well as this, a majority of the eastern portion of the province contains the Samripe Mountain Range, with the peak of X92 (7,445 m) within the borders. As well as this, the western and south-western portions of the province contain parts of the Careleon Plateau, making the province one of the most geographically diverse.
The central and most populated parts of the region is temperate, stuck in between two climate extremes. The area of temperate land in the Nuragara Province particularly is of note due to it's rarity defined by the bedrock of Jurassic limestone that creates a type of grassland habitat.
Nuragara came into existence as a historic Kṣētra (Region) of the Kingdom of Mahana in the early 11th century. The first known reference to Nuragara was in 1004, as Nuruvāddaṭā, deriving from the name of the capital city at the time, Vaddkewatta. The suffix -nura is the genitive plural of the Old Mahanan word for "those that care for, watch, guard, protect, or defend". It was also at this time that the Nuragara Province was the most important region of the Nadal Empire. Since unification the province has continued to exist, despite ideas during the 1950s to split the province in two between Jutpandi and Battagara