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Nickname(s): mkp
Mankapur is located in Uttar Pradesh
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 27°02′N 82°14′E / 27.03°N 82.23°E / 27.03; 82.23Coordinates: 27°02′N 82°14′E / 27.03°N 82.23°E / 27.03; 82.23
Country  India
State Uttar Pradesh
District Gonda
Elevation 99 m (325 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 16,459
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 271302
Telephone code 05265
Vehicle registration U P

Mankapur is a town and a nagar panchayat in Gonda district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is a constituency of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly [1] and its present member is Babu Lal Kori. It has Gonda to its west, has Rehra in its north, Maskanawa in the east and Nawabganj in the south. The birthplace of lord Rama, Ayodhya is only 37 km from Mankapur in south and well connected by rail and road network. The main marketplace here is Mankapur Choak. The main attraction here are Tikri jungle and ITI Factory which is the source of income for all the employees & the native's who are in here even before the factory was set up.


As of 2011 India census,[2] Mankapur had a population of 16459 including telephone industry. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Mankapur has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 67.5%: male literacy is 86%, and female literacy is 75%. In Mankapur, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age. Mankapur is well known for its educational status. At present time about 12 Inter college are there, in Mankapur.


Languages spoken in Manakapur include Awadhi, a tongue of Hindi continuum spoken by over 38 million people, mainly in the Awadh region,[3] and Hindi.


Mankapur taluka was a jagir (estate) formed when Raja Dutt Singh of Gonda, of Bisen Rajput dynasty, seized the Bandhalgoti rai of Mankapur and gave it to his younger infant son, Kunwar Ajmat Singh around 1681, making him the first ruler of the state. The state had 189 villages under it and during the British Raj, it was a pargana in Utraula tehsil.[4] It became a separate tehsil in 1987, later in 1997 when the Gonda district was bifurcated to create Balrampur district, it remained with its former district.[5]

The last ruler of this jagir, before the independence was Raghavendra Pratap Singh,[6] who was a Congress politician, 1933–1955, and served in UP assembly continuously since 1937; though later he joined the Swatantra Party formed by C. Rajagopalachari.[7] Later his son Anand Singh was a Lok Sabha member; in turn his son Kirti Vardhan Singh also became a Lok Sabha member.

Notable people from Mankapur and historical events[edit]

  • Mahatma Gandhi visited Mankapur on October 9, 1929 and was feted by Raja Raghuraj Singh Ju Deo in the Banquet Hall of his Station side Guest Mansion - Mangal Bhawan and presented with a purse of Rs Two Thousand.This event is recorded in Gandhiji's diary and Mankapur is spelled as "Manakpur" therein.
  • Raja Raghvendra Pratap Singh, second son of Raja Raghuraj Singh quit his studies in London and joined the freedom movement at the behest of Raja Awadhesh Singh of Kalakankar and was elected as Congress MLA in 1936. He later fellout with Pt Gobind Ballabh Pant and became the founder of Swatantra Party in UP.
  • Kr. Devendra Pratap Singh, third son of Late Raja Raghuraj Singh OBE. Member of the state Ministries of C B Gupta (1961) and Sucheta Kripalani (1963). Served as Dy Chairman of U P Legislative Council for over a decade.
  • Raja Anand Singh, the present Raja and four time Member of Parliament from Mankapur also holds the distinction of being the youngest Cabinet Minister in C B Gupta's Cabinet in the mid sixties. Right now he is agriculture minister in Samajwadi party 2012 Government.
  • Former Prime Minister of India Shree Atal Bihari Vajpayee, used to visit Mankapur in the sixties and stay with his friend Pt Ram Bahadur Pandey (Bairawan Wale), a leading Forest Contractor, near his railway Station residence.
  • Jim Corbett, the famous wild life conservationist and man-eater hunter was posted at Mankapur in 1895 as Inspector of Railway Fuel. His stay also finds mention in his book Jungle Lore where he writes about a talking Racquet Tailed Drongo owned by the AngloIndian Station Master of Mankapur.
  • Oudh-Tiruhut Railway commissioned its first section on January 15, 1885 between Sonepur and Mankapur as terminals. This was the first railway link for Goraknpur.
  • Divakar Shukla ,Founder of 'EEE SOCIETY' a technical group for the help of engineering students and 'SAMARPAN' a NGO to improve the lives of children and poors.



  • Mankapur has one of the six nationwide manufacturing plants of Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) [8]
  • Mankapur Chini Mills a unit of Balrampur Chini Mills Ltd is located in datauli village.


  1. ^ Mankapur (SC) Constituency of Uttar Pradesh Election Commission of India - State Elections 2002.
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "Awadhi: A language of India". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th edition ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  4. ^ Utraula Tehsil The Imperial Gazetteer of India, 1908, v. 24, p. 287.
  5. ^ History Gonda district Official website.
  6. ^ Mankapur - Genealogy and History Queensland University.
  7. ^ ‘The Swatantra Party and Indian Conservatism, by H. L. Erdman. Cambridge University Press, 2007. ISBN 0-521-04980-6. Page 121.
  8. ^ ITI's description of Mankapur Plant Indian Telephone Industries.

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