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Ballia is located in Uttar Pradesh
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 25°45′37″N 84°08′49″E / 25.760392°N 84.147055°E / 25.760392; 84.147055Coordinates: 25°45′37″N 84°08′49″E / 25.760392°N 84.147055°E / 25.760392; 84.147055
Country  India
State Uttar Pradesh
Elevation 159 m (522 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 104,424 [1]
 • Official Hindi, bhojpuri
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 277001
Telephone code (+91-5498)
Vehicle registration UP 60

Ballia is a city with a municipal board in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh bordering Bihar. The eastern boundary of the city lies at the junction of two major rivers, the Ganges and the Ghaghara. The city is situated 140 km (87 mi) from Varanasi. Bhojpuri, is the primary local language.

Due to its significant contribution to India's freedom struggle, Ballia is also known as Bagi Ballia (Rebel Ballia). The launch of The First Indian War of Independence - 1857 by Shree Mangal Pandey (born at village Nagwa Ballia district of India) brought Ballia into the public eye.[2] During the Quit India Movement of 1942, Ballia gained independence from the British for a short period of time when the district overthrew the government and installed an independent administration under Chittu Pandey. Former Prime Minister of India Chandra Shekhar was a native of Ibrahimpatti in Ballia district.


Ballia is considered to be an ancient city. Legend has it that many saints and sages of India had their ashrams in Ballia, including Valmiki, Bhrigu, Durvasa, Parashara Muni, and Jamadagni. Ballia was a part of the Kosala Kingdom in ancient times and came under Buddhist influence later. The district was earlier part of the Ghazipur district, but later it was established as an independent district.

Sahatwar, Rohua (Village) Sheikhpur, and Sikanderpur are also very old towns of Ballia, populated during the reign of Feroze Shah Tughlaq. At that time, many Muslim saints came and inhabited the area and served Muslims and non-Muslim alike.

Origin of the name Ballia[edit]

According to locals, the name Ballia was derived from the name of the sage Valmiki, the celebrated Hindu poet and the author of Ramayana. Valmiki resided here at one point, and the place was commemorated by a shrine (although it has long since been washed away). Another belief about the origin of the name is that it refers to the sandy quality of the soil, locally known as "Ballua" ('balu' meaning sand). It was initially called 'Balian', and was later transformed to Ballia.[3]


Ballia is located at 25°27′N 84°06′E / 25.45°N 84.10°E / 25.45; 84.10.[4] The eastern boundary of the city lies at the confluence of the Ganges, and the Ghaghara and the fairgrounds are at this point. Surha tal is a lake in Ballia, which has an area of 34.32 sq. km.[citation needed]


In 1901, Ballia had a population of 15,278.[5] According to the 2001 Indian census,[6] Ballia had a population of 102,226. Males constituted 54% of the population and females 46%. Ballia had an average literacy rate of 65%, which was higher than the national average of 59.5%, with 58% of the males and 42% of females being literate. 11% of the population was under six years of age.

According to the data of the 2011 census, Ballia has a population of 104,424, of which 55,459 are male and 48,965 are female.[1][7] The literacy rate was recorded as 83.33% and sex ratio was recorded 883 per 1000 males.[1]

Religions in Ballia
Religion Percent
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.2%), Buddhists (<0.2%).


Ballia has a major railway station by the same name,[8] catering to about 35 trains daily (including 2 Rajdhani express)[9] Other prominent railway stations in Ballia are: Belthara Road Suraimanpur and Rasra. Belthara Road is connected to Gorakhpur by several trains like Dadar Express, Chauri Chaura Express, Gorakhnath Express etc. Suraimanpur in the rout of Ballia-Chhapra.

Ballia is well connected to Varanasi and Gorakhpur by both road and rail, and to Patna by road.

Many road roundabouts in Ballia feature statues of leaders of the Indian Independence Movement.

Dadri Mela (fair)[edit]

Dadri Mela is the second largest cattle fair of India, which is held 5 km (3.1 mi) from Ballia town, near NH 31 and 3 km (1.9 mi) from the bus station of Ballia city.[citation needed] The fair starts with people taking a holy dip in the river Ganges on the full moon of Kartik Poornima (October–November). This fair is held annually in the honor of Dadar Muni, the disciple of Maharishi Bhrigu.[10][11]

This one-month-long fair is organized in two phases. The first phase starts ten days before the onset of Kartik Poornima, during which traders bring some excellent breeds of cattle from across India for sale/purchase. On or after Kartik Poornima, various cultural programs are organized and one can find here a large number of makeshift shops of various items during the next fortnight.[10][11]

Notable personalities[edit]

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  • Bhrigu Maharaj - a popular Brahmin saint from this district known for his spiritual devotions, which is why Ballia is also known as भृगु-क्षेत्रे.
  • Chandra Shekhar - 8th prime minister of India
  • Kedarnath Singh - He was awarded the Jnanpith Award(2013), Sahitya Akademi Award(1989) in Hindi for his poetry collection, Akaal Mein Saras
  • Chittu Pandey - freedom fighter
  • Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Amar Kant - Hindi novelist, literary historian, essayist, critic and scholar
  • Janeshwar Mishra (Chhote Lohia ) - politician
  • Jayaprakash Narayan - Indian independence activist and political leader
  • Mangal Pandey - freedom fighter
  • Neeraj Shekhar - MP Rajay shabha {Son of Ex Prime Minister Sh. Chandra Shekhar Singh}
  • Shri Murli Manohar- (born 15 December 1895), was an Indian politician from Uttar Pradesh state, and the member of parliament in 1962 for the Ballia Lok Sabha constituency from the Indian National Congress.
  • Radha Mohan Singh

Sri Gauri Shankar RAI,Freedom Fighter,Former MP,UP MLA and MLC(born 10 June 1924 at Karnai,Ballia,Died 02 May1991 at Karnai,Ballia ),member Lok Sabha-1977-79,member UP MLA from 1957-62,MLC from 1967-1972

  • vikas singh ( kathariya )

Freedom Fighters of 1942[edit]

Shri Kapil Dev Chaubey (Muradih Reoti Ballia) Jagannath Ojha (Ghuran Ojha Ke chapara, Brahmain, Ojhawalia), Mahanand Mishra, Rajeswar Tiwari, Pt. Ramanant Pandey, Tarkeswar Pandey (Taiya Tola, Kharouni), Viswanath Choubey, Gauri Shankar Rai (Karnai ,Sukhpura.former MP). Varun Chaudhary(Revolutionist)

Education Institutions[edit]

Ballia has it's share of education institutions including the Town Polytechnic College, the Satish Chandra College and the SMMTD College. Ballia on any given day is a town bustling with activity, primarily due to the 100s of students that troop in during the day from all parts of the district to study in various schools and colleges. Some of the prominent schools in the town are the Nagaji Saraswati Vidya Mandir and the St. Xavier's School. Ballia now also boasts of one of the best Student Hostels in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the Prabharaj Hostel which has many facilities including 24 hours electricity, well furnished rooms and a good mess with pure vegetarian food.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Ballia City Census 2011 data". Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Page 1". 
  3. ^ "District Profile". 
  4. ^ "Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Ballia". 
  5. ^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Ballia". Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "DISTRICT CENSUS HANDBOOK-BALLIA" (PDF). p. 374. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Indian Railways Ballia/BUI map". India Rail Info. 
  9. ^ "List of Trains for Ballia". 
  10. ^ a b "Dadri Mela, Uttar Pradesh". 
  11. ^ a b "Dadri Mela, Ballia". 

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