It is also named so because of the
bamboos (Bans) which were found in abundance in the forests. In 1913 some bhils
revolted under the headship of a social reformer Govindgiri and Punja which was
suppressed in November, 1913. Hundreds of Bhils were shot dead at the Mangarh
hillock where they were holding a peaceful meeting. The event is also known as
the Mini Jalianwala Bagh massacre. The place has become sacred and is better
known as the Mangarh Dham.
With the merger of the princely
states in the Union of India, the Banswara State and Kushalgarh chiefship got
merged in the Greater Rajasthan in 1949 and Banswara was carved out as a
separate district by merging these principalities.