Gonda

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

Location

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.

Origin of the name

Jat clans

History

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]

Notable persons

References

  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