|Founded by||Diler Khan and Bahadur Khan|
|Named for||Mugal Emperor Shahjahan|
|Elevation||194 m (636 ft)|
|• Official||Hindi and Urdu|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||UP 27|
Shahjahanpur is a municipal board, town and district headquarters of Shahjahanpur District in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is also home to the Ordnance Clothing Factory, setup by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.
Shahjahanpur City was established by Diler Khan and Bahadur Khan, sons of Dariya Khan, a soldier in the army of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Both Diler Khan and Bahadur Khan were dignitaries in the regime of Shahjahan. Pleased with the services of Diler Khan, Shahjahan gifted him 14 villages with the permission to construct fort. Diler Khan developed a fort at Nainar Khera, situated on the rivers Garrah and Khannaut. He also established 52 types of Pathan's Caste. Today most of the mohallas are included in the name of these castes.
There are two mazars which connect Shahjahanpur city from one corner to the other corner. One majar is of Shaheed Ahmad Ullah Shah, a great freedom fighter of the 1857 struggle, and another is Shaheed Ashfaqallah Khan ( of Kakori Kand ). Maulvi Ahamad Ullah Shah began his struggle in Faizabad (U.P.). From there, he went to Shahjahanpur, where his life ended. Seventy years later, Ashfaqullah initiated a struggle against the British government and was hanged in the prison of Faizabad.
Shahjahanpur made a considerable contribution to the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Nana Sahib Peshwa of Bithur, Shahjade from Delhi, Ahmad Ullah Shah from Faizabad and Khan Badahur Khan from Bareilly united here and planned for further actions in the struggle. Maulvi Ahamad Ullah Shah was killed by British forces in Powayan.
Freedom fighters Maulvi Ahamad Ullah Shah, Nazim Ali and Bakshi were unsuccessful in their efforts, but later Shaheed Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, and Roshan Singh made major contributions to the freedom movement. In 1916 a society in the name of Matrivedi Sangh was formed by Bismil under the leadership of Pt. Genda Lal Dixit ( known for Mainpuri conspiracy ). Its purpose was to raise funds for the struggle, but because of a lack of funds, members of the society turned to adopt robbery.
After Mahatama Gandhi withdrew his support from the movement, Ram Prasad Bismil founded Hindustan Republican Association under the joint leadership of Jogesh Chandra Chatterjee and Sachindra Nath Sanyal. To implement the plan, and contributions were sought. Once again, when contributions were not adequate, robbery became the main fund-raising technique.
On 9 August 1925, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, and Rajendra Lahiri conducted a robbery of government funds near Kakori railway station. On 1925 December 26, 40 persons were arrested in this case. Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, Roshan Singh, Prem Krishna Khanna, Banwari Lal, Har Govind, Indu Bhushan and Banarasi Lal were from Shahjahanpur. A British court decided the case and on 19 December 1927 Ram Prasad Bismil was hanged in Gorakhpur prison, Ashfaqullah Khan in Faizabad prison, and Roshan Singh in the Malaka (Allahabad) prison.
As per provisional data of 2011 census, Shahjahanpur urban agglomeration had a population of 346,103, out of which males were 183,087 and females were 163,016. The literacy rate was 69.81 per cent.
Distric Shahjahanpur is mainly famous for Sugar Mills Industries. There are many small sugar mills in shahjahanpur area. Apart from sugar mills, there are some other famous industries also. Rosa Thermal Power Plant known as Reliance Thermal Power Plant having the capacity of 1200 MW (4X300 MW) is situated in Rosa. Ordinance Clothing factory (one of the factories of Ordnance Factory Board, Ministry of defense) is located in the cant area of Shahjahanpur city. This is the most famous industry in the city. Other industries are Kribhco Shyam Fertilizers Limited, Mcdonald Wine Factory, Dalmia Sugar mill, Roza Sugar Mill. K.R. Pulp & Papers Ltd has the capacity to produce 400 tonnes per day. It the largest paper manufacturing plant in Uttar Pradesh.
Carpet and Dhurry weaving is traditional cottage industry. Weavers follow traditional designs from Persia, Afghanistan and Turkey with their own stamp / style on it. Shahjhanpur produces mainly low cost woollen carpets on Handlooms. Unfortunately due to lack of support from the government and changing fashion trends the industry is on decline.
- Ram Prasad Bismil (Freedom Fighter)
- Ashfaqulla Khan (Freedom Fighter)
- Roshan Singh (Freedom Fighter)
- Jadu Nath Singh (Freedom Fighter)
- Rajpal Yadav (Bollywood Actor)
- Jitin Prasada (Former M.P)
As per box information percentage of Hindu population is more than half i.e. 56 whereas Muslims are 41 percent. Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists are nominal. Shahjahanpur has many religious buildings and each have its own value: Kali Temple: on the bank of river Khannaut. Hanumat Dham: on bank of river Khannaut, huge statue of Lord Hanuman about 100 feet tall. Kali temple (Kurria Kalan):one of the oldest temples in Shahjahanpur, statue of Goddess Kali here is one of the twin Kali statues of which one is in Kolkata Kali temple. This temple is situated in village Kurria Kalan. Patnadevkali Kali temple: Patnadevkali Kali temple is situated in Kalan town area of Shahjahanpur district. This temple is famous as the main worshiping place of Decoits of Katri area.
Shahjahanpur district is on National Highway No. 24, which connects New Delhi and the state capital, Lucknow. Twenty-four hour conveyance is available for New Delhi and Lucknow. Shahjahanpur Railway Station is on the main-line Jammu Tawi-Howrah rail route. It is an important station between Bareilly and Lucknow. Almost each and every train stops on this station. There are a number of trains that pass through Shahjahanpur. The nearest airport is Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Amausi (Lucknow), at a distance of 180 km. Shahjahanpur is 335 km from New Delhi. Howrah railway station has the longest distance which is 1148;km from here.
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