Firozabad district

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Firozabad district
फ़िरोज़ाबाद ज़िला
فیروزآباد ضلع
District of Uttar Pradesh
Location of Firozabad district in Uttar Pradesh
Location of Firozabad district in Uttar Pradesh
Country India
State Uttar Pradesh
Administrative division Agra
Headquarters Firozabad
Government
 • Lok Sabha constituencies Firozabad
Area
 • Total 2,362 km2 (912 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,496,761 [1]
Demographics
 • Literacy 74.6%.[1]
Major highways NH 2
Website Official website

Firozabad district (Hindi: फ़िरोज़ाबाद ज़िला; Urdu: فیروزآباد ضلع‎) forms one of the western districts of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which has Firozabad Town as its district headquarters. The district is a part of the Agra division.

History[edit]

In ancient times, Firozabad town was known as Chandwar nager with the settlement given its modern name by Firoz Shah Mansab Dar in 1566 during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Tradition holds that while passing through the town on a pilgrimage to Gaya, Raja Todar Mal was attacked by robbers and his possessions stolen. At his request, Akbar sent his Mansabdar Dar Firoz Shah to assist and he landed somewhere near Sukhmalpur Nizamabad. Firoz Shah's tomb and the ruins of Katra Pathanan provide evidence for the story.[citation needed]

The 1596 gazetteer of Agra and Mathura records that Firozabad was upgraded to a Pargana then given to Nabab Sadulla as a jagir during the reign of Shah jahan (r. 1627–1658). Mr. Peter, a businessman, connected with the East India Company visited the town on 9 August 1632 and found it in good condition. Etawah, Budaun, Mainpuri and Firozabad were all first class mansabdars of the emperor Farrukhsiyar (r. 1713–1719). The estate of the Labhowa Jhala Rajas also worked together with the mughal sultanate to capture many regions in the United Provinces, and by 1680 the Rajas of Labhowa had much of Firozabad district under their control.

Bajirao Peshwa looted Firozabad and Etmadpur in 1737 in the regime of Mohammad Shah. Jat tribesmen from Mahawan attacked Faujdar Hakim Kajim at Firozabad where they killed him on 9 May 1739, then went on to rule Firozabad for 30 years. Gajuddin, Hidayat Vaksh (son of Alamgir II), his nephew and Mirza Baba his son in law, came to Firozabad. Mirza Nabab Khan stayed here till 1782. At the end of 18th century Firozabad was ruled by Himmat Bahadur Gusain with the cooperation of the Raja of Labhowa.

The French Army Chief Marathas D. Wayan established an ordnance factory in Firozabad in November 1794, an event that Thomas Traving mentions in his book Travels in India. Marathas appointed his subadar Lakwadads here who built a fort near the old tehsil. General Lek and General Vellajally attacked Firozabad in 1802. At the beginning of the British regime Firozabad was in the Etawah district and later attached to the Aligarh district. When Sadabad district was created in 1832, Firozabad was made a part of it then later in 1833 the town came under the aegis of Agra district. In 1847 the lakh business flourished in Firozabad.[clarification needed]

In 1857, the freedom–fighting Chauhans of Mainpuri, the Jamidar of Chandwar and the local Malahs all took active parts in the Indian Rebellion. Noted Urdu poet Munir Shikohabadi was sentenced to Kala pani by the ruling East India Company. People from this city took part in the Khilafat Movement, the Quit India Movement and the Dandi March with some participants jailed. Mahatma Gandhi visited Firozabad 1929 followed by Semant Gandhi in 1935, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1937 and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in 1940. The Firozabad district was established on February 2, 1989 by an executive order passed by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census Firozabad district has a population of 2,496,761,[1] roughly equal to the nation of Kuwait[2] or the US state of Nevada.[3] This gives it a ranking of 173rd in India (out of a total of 640).[1] The district has a population density of 1,044 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,700 /sq mi) .[1] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 21.62%.[1] Firozabad has a sex ratio of 867 females for every 1000 males,[1] and a literacy rate of 74.6%.[1]

Culture[edit]

There are many Jain temples in Firozabad including the well-known Chadamilal Jain temple, Shri Shuparshnath Jain Mandir in Gher Khokal (Mahaveer Chowk) and Chandprabhu Jain Mandir in Khidki. The two temples of Gherkhokal and Khidki are approximately 250–300 years old. The old name of Chandwar was taken from the idol of Chandprabhu made at the time of Prithviraj Chauhan. Muhammad of Ghor attacked a holy Jain location situated 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Firozabad 19 times. An annual fair was held in Chandwar on October 2 . The Jama Masjid, founded by the 16th century Mughal Emperor Akbar is the oldest mosque.

Geography[edit]

  • The District is connected by rail and bus to major cities. The nearest Airport is in Agra.
  • Longitude is 78 degree east and latitude 27 degrees north at a height of 164.467 metres (539.59 ft) above mean sea level.

The district borders Etawah district to the north and Mainpuri and Etawah to the east with the Yamuna River forming the southern boundary. The area of the district accounts for about 0.8 per cent of the total area of Uttar Pradesh and 1.1 per cent its population. Approximately 73.6 percent of people live in rural areas. Most of the district lies on a plain sloping from north west to south.

Transportation[edit]

Firozabad district has good transportation links due to National Highway 2 linking Delhi with Kolkata passing through it as does the busy railway route from Delhi to Kolkata.Agra is 44 km away, Kanpur is 250 km away, Delhi is 250 km away .

Nearest Airport is in Agra which is a domestic Airport

Nearest Railway station is in the center of Firozabad and one in Tundla named as Tundla Juc.

Local Industries[edit]

Firozabad has a major glass industry producing products that include glass bangles and glass hardware so it is also known as Suhag Nagari.[clarification needed] Various work is done on bangles in many places known locally as godam.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  2. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. "Kuwait 2,595,62" 
  3. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. "Nevada 2,700,551" 

Coordinates: 27°09′06″N 78°24′06″E / 27.1518°N 78.4016°E / 27.1518; 78.4016