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For village in Aligarh see Gonda Aligarh
Gonda District Map

Gonda is a City and districts in Uttar Pradesh, India.


Gonda is bound by Shrawasti district to the north, Balrampur and Siddharthnagar districts to the northeast, Basti district to the east, Faizabad district to the south, Bara Banki district to the southwest, and Bahraich district to the northwest. The district lies between 26° 47' and 27° 20' north latitude and 81° 30' and 82° 46' east longitude. The holy rivers Saryu and Ghaghara pass through the district.

Major rivers: Ghaghra, Saryu , Tedhi

Origin of the name


Jat clans


The territory covered by the present district of Gonda formed part of the ancient Kosala Kingdom. After the death of Rama, the celebrated sovereign of the Solar line who ruled Kosala, the kingdom was divided into two portions defined by the Ghaghara river. The northern portion was then ruled by his son, Lava with the city of Sravasti as his capital.[2] Sravasti was prosperous and progressive during Buddha's time, and he made twenty one visits to the city during his Mahaparinirvana.

More recently, ancient Buddhist remains dating to the early days of Buddhism have been found throughout the region, including at Sravasti.[3]

Major tourist places

Notable person

ठा. रूपसिंह कांकरान, एम.एस. सी.(1989), धर्म समाज कॉलेज, अलीगढ़, एम.फिल.(1990),आगरा विश्वविद्यालय, पी.एच.डी., प्रमुख वैज्ञानिक, पृथ्वी मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार के चेन्नै स्थित राष्ट्रीय तटीय अनुसंधान केन्द्र में तैनात


  1. Ram Swarup Joon: History of the Jats/Chapter V, p.89
  2. Gonda District at The Imperial Gazetteer of India, 1908, v. 12, p. 312.
  3. Excavations at Sravasti in IndiaDivine.org forums