|Nickname(s): Chhoti Kashi|
|• Total||6 km2 (2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||147 m (482 ft)|
|• Density||8,972/km2 (23,240/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle registration||UP 31|
Gola Gokarannath or Gola Gokaran Nath is a city, a municipal board,and tehsil in Lakhimpur Kheri district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Gola Gokran Nath is also the birth place of Himalaya Goswami, author of When I Tell You A Story, India's 1st fantasy fiction series to be out soon. He is also the co-founder of Vistaprint, almaconnect, and currently works as web engineer at Adobe, Noida. Gola Gokran Nath is famous for its Shiva Temple and BHL sugar Mill. Gola Gokaran Nath is also called 'Chotti Kashi' ('Little Kashi').
As of 2011[update] India census, Gola Gokarannath had a population of 702,701. Males constitute 369,643 of the population and females 333,058. Gola Gokarannath has an average literacy rate of 65.40%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 74.5%, and female literacy is 55.30%. In Gola Gokarannath, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.
During the famous war of Ramayana in Treta Yug Ravana pleased Lord Shiva with his penance so that he could win the war against Lord Rama. Lord Shiva took the shape of a Shiv-ling and directed him to install that Shiva-ling in Lanka. But Lord Shiva put the condition that Shiv-Ling should not be put on the Earth on its way to Lanka. But on the way back, Ravana had to give the Shiva-ling to a shepherd to attend nature's call. Shiva increased the weight of the Shiva-ling so the shepherd had to give up and put the ling on the ground. This made Ravana very angry as he understood the trickery of Lord Shiva. Ravana understood that Lord Shiva did not want the Ling to be carried to Lanka and let Ravana win the war. Enraged Ravana pressed the Ling with his thumb resulting in an impression which looked like a cow's ear (गौ-कर्ण). It is on this basis that the place was named Gola Gokaran Nath.
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Gola is famous for its Shiva Temple. Many people come here from distant places for darshan. It is difficult to find space in the temple during Hindu holy month of Shravan. Other places of religious significance are Lakshmi-Narayan temple in BHL Sugar factory and Bhoot Nath temple near Degree College. There are many colleges and schools. There are many markets like Tirath colony, Tiwari Market at Mill Road Punjabi colony,purvi dixitana,kumharan tola,paschimi dixitana,arjun nagar colony, Bharat Bhushan colony, Virendra Nagar colony,munnuganj,unchi bhood,nichi bhood,etc. Tirath Bazaar is primarily a ladies shopping place for bangles, makeup/cosmetics items, Holy books, pooja things etc. BHL Sugar factory (which is one of the biggest in India) is also worth a visit.
Gola Gokran Nath is situated at 28.08° N 80.47° E. Gola Gokran Nath is a small town situated at the banks of Sarayan river. It is surrounded by dense tropical forest. It is the second biggest town of Lakhimpur Kheri district.
Gola is home to one of the biggest Sugar Mills in Asia. Bajaj Hindusthan Limited is situated in the northern part.
The site selected for the first plant was at Gola Gokarannath in district Lakhimpur Kheri in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh (UP), an area rich in sugar cane. The original capacity of the factory was 400 tons of cane crushed per day (TCD). Subsequently, this capacity was increased in stages and is currently 13,000 TCD. The distillery Unit at this plant commenced production during the end of World War II in 1944. In the initial few years, the major output was in the form of power alcohol as an additive to petrol, which was then in short supply. The unit was the first to supply alcohol-mixed petrol to the army.
Gola Gokarannath is famous because of historical temple of lord Shiva. There is a Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir situated at bajaj hindusthan limited campus,Shree Sai Mandir In Tirth Near Railway Station gola, Ram Madir Near Saraswati Vidya Mandir,Lakhimpur road, Ram Janki Mandir,Mangala Devi Mandir, Khutaar Road, Phool Baba Ashram, Khutar Road,and Jind Baba-Majaar near Bhavani Ganj, Hanumaaan Mandir-Lakhimpur Road, Durga Mandir-Railway Phatak Aliganj Road. Shiv mandir-near railway station
There are many schools and colleges in Gola Gokaran Nath. Public Inter College & Krishak Samaj Inter College are the oldest colleges of the city. There are some private Schools and colleges also.
Navodaya inter college,VKS Saraswati Vidya Niketan Inter College, Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Shri Durga Vidya Mandir, Gandhi H.S. School, and Gola public school Gola kheri, St. John Sr. Sec. School.
How to reach
Rail: This town lies on meter gauge which is converting in Broad Gauge. The conversion to broad gauge has been started in 2016. So the trains are not plying currently on this route. However, from Delhi ( Old Delhi as well as New Delhi stations) one can take a train to Shahjahanpur Junction, which will be around 6-7 hours journey. From Shahjahanpur one can take a bus ride to Gola, this will be around 1.30-2 hours journey. Route via Shahjahanpur is the most popular route for people going to or coming from Delhi.
Road: Gola Gokaran Nath is about 170 km from Lucknow and can be reached via Sitapur and Lakhimpur. This town in 150 km from Bareilly and can be reached via Faridpur, Shahjahanpur and Mohammadi.
Bus: Regular Ordinary buses runs from Anand Vihar ISBT to Gola Gokarannath. AC Shatabdi Buses to Gola Gokarannath By UPSRTC is also available from Kaushambi Bus Station.
Plane: Delhi to Lucknow and then via bus or train.
For India's Capital New Delhi: Gola Gokarannath is 386 km far from Delhi and direct buses are available from Swami Vivekanand Inter State Bus Terminus or Anand Vihar Bus stand and Kaushambi Bus stand in front of Kaushambi Metro station From Delhi to Lakhimpur Kheri district via Gola Gokarannath.