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Kakori is a town and a nagar panchayat in Lucknow district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated 14 km north of Lucknow. More widely known for its kebabs, Zardozi work and Dasheri mangoes, Kakori is also the centre of once flourishing Urdu poetry, literature and the Qadiriya Qalandari Sufi Order. This city came into light of the world history after 9 August 1925 when some Indian revolutionaries forcefully snatched the government's treasury from a train. The incident is called as Kakori train robbery or the Kakori conspiracy case of British period.
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Kakori is famous for producing hundreds of civil servants in British India who served all over the country. It was the leading town in Oudh along with Rudauli and Mahmoodabad that supplemented the culture of Lucknow.
Kakori is the main abode of two branches of the Kakorvi Shaikh community, namely Alavi and Abbasi, since the fifteenth Century. The Alavi (often spelt as Alvi) branch claim their lineage to Ali, the fourth Caliph and prophet Mohammed's cousin and his son-in-law. However, this branch claim their lineage to Ali through his son Muhammad bin Hanafiyah, with his wife Khaula-Al-Hanifiyah.
The Alavi of Kakori also referred as Moulvi Zadigan (Moulvis) or Makhdoom Zadigan (Makhdooms) depending whether they are descendant of Mulla Abu Bakr Jami Alavi, who settled in Kakori in 1460 or descendant of Qari Amir Saifuddin Alavi, who settled in Kakori in 1552. The Abbasi branch claims their lineage to Al-Abbas, an uncle of the prophet Muhammad.
The Abbasi of Kakori also referred as Qazi Zadigan (Qazi's), indicating that they are the descendants of Qazi Shaikh Klan (elder or Senior) Abbasi, who settled in Kakori after his appointment as the first Qazi of Kakori by the Royal Court of Delhi in 1490.
Kakori is famous for its mangoes, kebabs, palatial houses of Muslim gentry of Oudh and numerous mosques. The town is the seat of the Qadiria Qalandaria Sufi order and the Urs attracts thousands every year. The greatest poet of 'naat' genre of Urdu poetry Mohsin Kakorvi, his son Noorul Hasan Nayyier, the compiler of Nurul Lughaat, one of the authentic Urdu Dictionary to date and the satirist Ghulam Ahmed Alavi 'Furqat Kakorvi' all belonged to this town.
Kakori conspiracy (1925) 
It is also known for the historical Kakori conspiracy case against Indian revolutionaries. The said plan was executed on 9 August 1925 by Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqulla Khan, Rajendra Nath Lahiri, Chandrasekhar Azad, Sachindra Bakshi, Keshab Chakravarthy, Manmathnath Gupta, Murari Sharma (fake name of Murari Lal Gupta), Mukundi Lal (Mukundi Lal Gupta) and Banwari Lal. Only 10 revolutionaries stopped a train near the town and looted the British government's treasury which was being taken in the guard's cabin. A memorial of these revolutionaries has been established in this town. The memorial was built in the honour of the martyrs and dedicated to the countrymen by the former Prime Minister of India Smt Indira Gandhi on December 19, 1983.
Kakori is located at  It has an average elevation of 121 metres (396 feet)..
As of 2001[update] India census, Kakori had a population of 16,731. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Kakori has an average literacy rate of 46%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 51%, and female literacy is 40%. In Kakori, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.
An Inspiration For Movies 
The beautiful Infrastructure of Kakori has invited many directors and movie makers. Junoon (1978), produced and starred by Shashi Kapoor and Umrao Jaan (1981) written by Mirza Hadi Ruswa starring Rekha and Farooq Shaikh were among the classies shot in Kakori. The tale continues with the making of Anwar (2007) by Manish Jha starring Siddharth Koirala and Manisha Koirala.
See also 
- Dr. Mahaur Bhagwandas Kakori Shaheed Smriti page 30
- Sharma Vidyarnav Yug Ke Devta : Bismil Aur Ashfaq page 118
- 'Krant'M.L.Verma Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna(Part-1) page 35
- Sinha, Arunav. "Tourist spot tag may uplift Kakori". Lucknow: Times Of India. TNN. Retrieved 9 May 2013. "Rajkumar Mishra is a gracious host-cum-guide, ever willing to show around. The pride of being the custodian of Kakori Shaheed Smarak is too conspicuous in his body language to be ignored. But, so is the tinge of sadness in his eyes when he narrates how the Smarak, erected in memory of that great train robbery on August 9, 1925 which jolted the foundation of the British empire, now itself stands on a shaky ground"
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Kakori
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- Dr. Mahaur Bhagwandas Kakori Shaheed Smriti 1977 Lucknow Kakori Shaheed Ardhshatabdi Samaroh Samiti.
- Sharma Vidyarnav Yug Ke Devta : Bismil Aur Ashfaq 2004 Delhi Praveen Prakashan ISBN 81-7783-078-3.
- 'Krant' M.L.Verma Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna 1997 Delhi Praveen Prakashan.