Parikshitgarh

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Parikshitgarh
city
Parikshitgarh is located in Uttar Pradesh
Parikshitgarh
Parikshitgarh
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 28°59′N 77°56′E / 28.983°N 77.933°E / 28.983; 77.933Coordinates: 28°59′N 77°56′E / 28.983°N 77.933°E / 28.983; 77.933
Country  India
State Uttar Pradesh
District Meerut
Population (2001)
 • Total 17,399
Languages
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Parikshitgarh (Hindi: परीक्षितगढ़, Urdu: پریکشت گڑھ‎) is a town and a nagar panchayat in Meerut district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[1] Parikshitgarh had a population of 27,399. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Parikshitgarh has an average literacy rate of 59%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 68%, and female literacy is 49%. In Parikshitgarh, 17% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Geography[edit]

There are many villages near Parikshit Garh. Behlolpur, Dabathala, Badhla,Rajpur Edmadpur are some villages famous for their education level, employment and agriculture with prosperity. There are main crop like sugarcane, wheat, etc. Parikshit Garh area is covered by Pandits, Jatts, Tyagis, Gurjar, Muslims.

History[edit]

The Kila Parikishatgarh is ascribed to Gurjar King Nain Singh. [2]

The town is located on a hillock, which was the ancient fort built by Parikshit. Excavations have yielded pots of coins and pottery pieces, validating the antiquity of the place. The ashram of Rishi Shringi, that great medicine-man and facilitator to the birth of the sons of the infertile King Dashrath, also lies nearby, re-affirming the mythological origins of the town of Parikshitgarh.

Thus the fort was built by Parikshit and restored by Gurjar King Nain Singh in the eighteenth century. The fort was dismantled in 1857, to be used as a police station.[3]

Mythology[edit]

This town in the past was the capital of King Parikshit, the grandson of Arjuna who ascended the throne of Hastinapur after the Pandavas decided to renounce the kingship. Raja Parikshit, due to a transient malfunctioning of his thinking process, incurred the wrath of 'samadhi-sthit' Sage Shamik by his stupid action of garlanding the sage with a dead serpent. He was accordingly cursed by the saint to die by snake bite. After his ordained death at the fangs of Takshak Naga, his son Janmejaya became King and held a great sacrifice to annihilate the Nagas out of the passionate feelings of revenge.

Monuments[edit]

There are some famous monuments in the town.

  • Gandhar - A pond or "Talab" which is believed to be the bathing place of Gandhari.
  • Navaldeh Koop - A well the water of which is believed to cure skin deceases.
  • Maharaj Shringi Rishi Aashram - An ancient Aasharm which is in the outskirts of town on the way to village Badhla.

Notable Residents[edit]

  • Kailash Prakash - A freedom fighter & Education minister of his time. He has given two schools to the town.
  • Sudeep Tyagi - A notable young cricketer.
  • Anand Swaroop Tyagi - freedom fighter and a lecturer. He was born in Kila poothi village. His father was Mukhiya of the village that time. He was previously a part of British force but after some time he joined lectureship in Mawana College. He was an active member of Swantra bharat sangram. He was honoured by Indian government as a Golden cap freedom fighter and his name is mentioned in mawana tehsil in Golden letters.
  • Nityananda Swami - the famous Indian saint who lived in the late 18th and early 19th century.

Colleges[edit]

  • Parikshit Garh Inter College.
  • GSDN Inter College.
  • GSDN Degree College.
  • Gauri Vidhya peeth Management College.
  • Balaji college of management and technology

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Tourist Places". District Administration Meerut. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  3. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of India, vol. 20. Digital South Asia Library. p. 2. Retrieved 2007-05-31.