Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gajraula; place of my mentorship


Let me introduce you all to the place, where my childhood days saw me rising to the glorious heights.Jai Bharat Bal Vidhya Mandir was the first school where I was enrolled but soon I found myself in the premices of St. Mary’s Convent School, which was just established by the missionaries of charity and I was among the first ten students registered with the school
Gajraula is located at 28°51′N 78°14′E / 28.85, 78.23 It has an average elevation of 207
metres (679 feet).its a major industrial town specially developed by the govt of uttar pradesh.As of 2001[update] India census, Gajraula had a population of 39,826. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Gajraula has an average literacy rate of 57%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 67%, and female literacy is 46%. In Gajraula, 19% of the population is under 6 years of age.
About the history of Gajraula, there are no proper evidences but a myth is often qouted. Gaj is a Sanskrit synonumn for elephant. It is said that a local village market was famous for the trading of elephants and their shout ( raula) was often heard here, so the place came to be known as Gajraula.It was a part of Khader locality under the Sambhal pargana during the Mughals regime. What makes a place important is its geographic location. River Ganges flow nearby (6-7 km). A crossroad for two important roots till date. Bijnore-Badayun road bisects Delhi Lucknow highway at Gajraula. Important historical places nearby are Garhmukteshwar (18KM)an important Hindu pilgrim place, Brijghat (12KM), Hasanpur (12 KM), Azampur (20 KM), village of Ab
ul Fazal and Faizi the navratnas of Mughal emperor Akbar, Mandi Dhanaura( 16 KM), Bachhraun (10 KM) and Amroha (27 KM).
Historically, the palce has witnessed many battles and karavan of magestic rulers passed through the place. Some of the incidents of Mahabharata are associated with the place. Balban crushed the rebellion of the Kather Rajputs here. Salar Masood Ghazi crossed the river Ganges over here. Marathas after the huge loss in the battle of Panipat to Ahmed Shah Abdali returned here and paid the last rituels of their martyrs on the bank of river Ganges. During the great Mutiny of of 1857 place witnessed various highs and lows of the great effort to get rid of the foreign rule.
Now a days Gajraula is known worldwide for its industrial outfits. Jubilant Organosys, Umang Dairies, TEVA Drugs, Insilco limited are few to mention. Plantation and nursery has grown as a cottage industry on a large scale.It is also a place associated with Chetan Chauhan( a veteran cricketer, politician and Industrialist), Rama Shanker Kaushik( a samajwadi thinker and senior politician), Syed Ali Zafar (trade unionist and a social worker), along with many others who have registered themselves as a trendsetter in various fields.
Also the gunjia-peda and kheer in Gajraula are well admired by taste lovers. Sri Ram Mandir, Tigri Dham are the must visiit palces and one can find lot of food with different tastes at the chain of dhabas along the National Highway 24.

4 comments:

joyful said...

i m feeling happy to know so much about my gajraula.thanx 4 this ..
jyoti

joyful said...

i m feeling happy to know so much about my gajraula.thanx 4 this ..
jyoti

2nd year.. said...

hi do u have the contact no of ram mandir in gajraula? its urgent.. if u cn help pls?

Rahul said...

pleasantly surprised to see a nice and interesting write-up on gajraula!
kudos !
- Rahul Kaushik