Mohan, Uttar Pradesh

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Mohan is located in Uttar Pradesh
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India
Mohan is located in India
Mohan (India)
Mohan is located in Asia
Mohan (Asia)
Coordinates: 26°47′N 80°40′E / 26.78°N 80.67°E / 26.78; 80.67Coordinates: 26°47′N 80°40′E / 26.78°N 80.67°E / 26.78; 80.67
Country India
StateUttar Pradesh
 • Total5.46 km2 (2.11 sq mi)
128 m (420 ft)
 • Total15,071
 • Density2,800/km2 (7,100/sq mi)
 • OfficialHindi[1]
 • Additional officialUrdu[1]
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationUP-35

Mohan is a town and a nagar panchayat in Unnao district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.


Some local residents[who?]say that Mohan is derived from Moh meaning devotional love in Hindi and han meaning loss. A story claims that when Rama was going to Vanvas (self imposed exile) for fourteen years, Mohan is the place where he separated from his wife Sita thinking that he may suffer han in Moh due to the worldly love hence continued forward with his journey. Other local residents[who?] say the word Mohan was given by the first inhabitants of this place. They migrated from a small city Mahan in the Kerman province of Iran thereby naming the place after their homeland .

During the Mughal and British empires, Mohan flourished as a town known for its literate people. During the days of the Nawabs of Awadh, many residents found employment in the court of the Nawab and earned large fortunes. The town was well known for its Unani Hakims, mimics and actors. Locals[who?] affectionately used to call it as Mohan Khitta-e Unan meaning Mohan as a part of Greece, due to a number of well known Hakims (doctors of Unani medicine).[2]

Hasrat Mohani, a well known Urdu poet and freedom fighter of Indian independence from British rule, and Iffat Mohani, a well known Urdu novel writer, trace their origins from Mohan.

Currently Mohan has several elementary schools and an intermediate school that goes up to grade 12. It is approximately 25 kilometres from city of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh.


Mohan has the Dargah of Qasim located in its heart which is also a spiritual place for the Shia Islam. Every year on the 7th Muharram of Islamic calendar people gather here to pay obeisance to Qasim ibn Hasan of Karbala and organize a procession to the Imaam chowk. This procession witnesses mourners from many sects and religions.


Mohan, lies on the left bank of the Sai River, about 6 km east of Hasanganj and 38 km north-east of Unnao. Roads lead from this place to Malihabad in Lucknow district on the east, Nawabganj on the south and Bangarmau on the north-west. Mohan is located at 26°47′N 80°40′E / 26.78°N 80.67°E / 26.78; 80.67.[3] It has an average elevation of 128 metres (419 feet). In the British period Mohan was part of Lucknow district. After independence it got merged into the Unnao district.


As of the 2001 Census of India,[4] Mohan had a population of 13,553. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Mohan has an average literacy rate of 46%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 51%, and female literacy is 40%. In Mohan, 17% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Sayyids of Mohan[edit]

Sayyids from Iran initially chose four places to settle in India. These were Hallaur, Baraha, Mohan and Bilgram.[5] Sayyids of Mohan descend from one of the descendants of the Imam Raza, Sayyid Mahmood Neshapuri who migrated to India from Iran and settled in Mohan.[6] One of the branch of Moosavi and Nishapuri Sayyids from Mohan settled at Bijnor, near Lucknow.[7]


  1. ^ a b "52nd REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LINGUISTIC MINORITIES IN INDIA" (PDF). Ministry of Minority Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  2. ^ Hunter, William wilson (1886). The imperial gazetteer of india. 6. India: Trubner & co. London 1885. p. 402.
  3. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Mohan
  4. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  5. ^ The Right Honourable Syed Ameer Ali: personality and achievements, Shan Muhammad, Uppal Pub. House, 1991
  6. ^ The Tempest: A Monthly Review of National Affairs, Volume 4, Issues 1-10, Tempest House, 1969
  7. ^ Medieval & modern India: new sources, 1000 -1986 AD, Idarah-i Adabiyat-i Delli, 2009 (Translation of twelve rare Urdu and Persian works.)