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Sandila is located in Uttar Pradesh
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 27°05′N 80°31′E / 27.08°N 80.52°E / 27.08; 80.52Coordinates: 27°05′N 80°31′E / 27.08°N 80.52°E / 27.08; 80.52
Country  India
State Uttar Pradesh
District Hardoi
Elevation 142 m (466 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 58,346
 • Official Hindi
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Notable people Er. Mohd Rizwan, Er. Mohd Tanveer Alam

Sandila (Urdu:سندیلہ) is a town and a municipal board in Hardoi district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.


In ancient times it's well known that a Muslim Sufi Maghdoom Saheb brings a spiritual document known as SANAD-ALLAH for the establishment of town here but unfortunately it was lost somewhere. Over the course of time town name gradually changes from SANAD-ALLAH to SANDEELAH and then to present name SANDILA. Reference from the book 'Tareeq of sandila' author 'Raja Durga Prasad'.

Nothing much is known about the ancient history of Sandila. According to folk sayings, it was a forested area, believed to be the worship land of legendary sage Shandilya. As per the British chronicles, the history of Sandila town started in the medieval period after Mohammad Ghori’s capture of Delhi throne. Two brothers belonging to the martial Arakh Rajpoot clan viz. Salhia singh and Malhia singh established the towns of Salhiapura (later known as Sandila) and Malhiapura (later known as Malihabad), respectively. Sandila thus became the seat of Arakh power in early 13th century and became a flourishing town under Arakhs Rajpoot. Arakhs held the region till last quarter of the 14th century, when a large army sent by Feroz Shah Tughlaq under his lieutenant Syed Makhdum Alauddin, captured the town and the adjoining areas after a fierce battle with Arakhs. The remains of Arakh rule are seen in form of ruined fortresses in the mounds of Garhi Jindor, Malhaiyya garhi (Malaiyya), Sahinjana tila, Samad Khera, Muslewan garhi, Datli, Naurang garh (Tarauna), Sandi qila, and many others. After the decline of Arakh power, Sandila came under the rule of Delhi sultanate. The folklore of Arakhs (also called Arkawanshis or अर्कवंशी) still sings about the bravery of its heroes, Salhia and Malhia.In 1952 Biswas a flight lieutenant of Indian Air Force who was working in a Communication Flight unit in Lucknow took charge of the aircraft carrying army officials who were returning to New Delhi after an official visit. After it took off, suddenly a crew member observed an engine malfunction; subsequently a fire broke out. Biswas first tried extinguish it, but it was difficult to control. He decided to attempt a forced landing, and made a belly landing near Sandila town in Uttar Pradesh and successfully saved the lives of all the passengers. Biswas was awarded the Ashoka Chakra for his extraordinary example of bravery, intelligence and rationality.[1]


Sandila is located at 27°05′N 80°31′E / 27.08°N 80.52°E / 27.08; 80.52.[1] It has an average elevation of 142 metres (465 feet). It is around 50 km away from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh and is an important tehsil of the district Hardoi.


Sandila has been famous for its special Boondi Laddoos (a kind of Indian sweet). Its reference is also given in the famous Bollywood movies such as "Hum Saath-Saath Hain" and "Piku". At one time, the laddoos were very popular, but due to lack of proper marketing and rise in competitive products, these laddoos have remained confined to Sandila only. laddoos are still in demand by people visiting from nearby districts.


As of 2011 India census,[2] Sandila had a population of 58,346.

Religions in Sandila
Religion Percent
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.18%), Buddhists (<0.05%).


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