|Elevation||143 m (469 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||U P 30|
Shahabad is a city and a municipal board in Hardoi district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. At one point of time it was counted among the few biggest cities of Oudh, but declined rapidly in later period and now reduced to a town. It is the site of the Tomb of Diler Khan, a governor in the time of Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb, Jama-Masjid, Sankta Devi temple, Balaji temple and Baram Baba temple.
The prestigious town of Shahabad has many references in history sources. It was founded in 1680 A.D. by Nawab Diler Khan, an Afghan officer of Shah Jahan, who was sent to supress an uprising in Shahjahanpur. The same man overthrew Pande Parwar bandits of Angni Khera. Joseph Tiefenthaler, one of the earliest European geographers to write on India, visited the town in 1770 and described it as a town of considerable circuit, with a palace of bricks in the middle strengthened by towers like a fortress, with a vestibule and a covered colonnade. This palace used to be known as Badi Deorhi. Although the palace is no longer there the two grand gateways are still standing. Nawab Diler Khan also erected Jama Masjid and his own mausoleum. Both of them are built in kankar blocks and upper story contains bands of florid decoration in red stone, a style very common to architecture of that period. He also built a grand pond near the mausoleum, known as Narbada.
In colonial period the city declined rapidly. In 1824, Reginald Heber, Bishop of Calcutta traveled to Shahabad and described it as a "considerable town or almost city with the remains of fortifications and many large houses."
As of 2001[update] India census, Shahabad had a population of 67,661. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Shahabad has an average literacy rate of 45%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 53%, and female literacy is 37%. In Shahabad, 17% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Government and Politics
Shahabad is a Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha seat. The current M.L.A from Shahabad is Mr Babu Khan from the state ruling Samajwadi Party. The current chairman of the municipal corporation is Mr Asif Khan alias Babbu Khan. Shahabad is divided in 52 mohollas, most of them are named after their founders.
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