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[buh-lahr-ee] /bəˈlɑr i/
a city in SE India, in Karnataka. Unabridged
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town, east-central Karnataka (formerly Mysore) state, southern India. Of medieval origin, the town is dominated by a 16th-century fort on a granitic rock, 2 miles (3 km) in circumference, which rises abruptly from the surrounding plain to a height of 450 feet (140 m). Haidar (Hyder) Ali, the 18th-century Muslim ruler of Mysore, reputedly expanded the fortifications with the aid of a French engineer, whom he later hanged for not building the fort on an adjacent, higher rock. A rail and road centre, Bellary processes cotton, the region's main cash crop, and has distillery and sugar-refining enterprises. Its colleges of medicine, law, and education are affiliated with Karnatak University in Dharwar. Pop. (1981) 201,579.

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