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Bareilly district

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The Bareilly district  pronunciation  belongs to the state Uttar Pradesh in northern India Its capital is Bareilly city and it is divided in six administrative division or tehsils: Aonla, Baheri, Bareilly city, Faridpur, Mirganj, and Nawabganj The Bareilly district is a part of the Bareilly Division and occupies an area of 4120 km² with a population of 4,448,359 people previously it was 3,618,589 according to the census of 20111 In the Sanskrit epic poem, Mahābhārata, the Bareilly region Panchala is described as the birthplace of Draupadi, also referred to as Pachali which means one from the kingdom of Panchāla or Krishnaa kṛṣṇā After Yudhishthira becomes the king at the end of the Mahābhārata, she becomes his queen In the 12th century, the kingdom was ruled by several clans of Kshatriya Rajputs After the Islamic invasion, the region became part of the Delhi Sultanate before getting absorbed by the emerging Mughal Empire The modern City of Bareilly was founded by Mukrand Rai in 1657 Later it became the capital of the Rohilkhand region before getting handed over to Nawab Vazir of Awadh and then to the East India Company, becoming an integral part of India


  • 1 History
    • 11 Ancient period
    • 12 Medieval period
    • 13 Modern period
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Administrative divisions
  • 5 Education
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Ancient periodedit

Historically, the region was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Panchala The Panchalas occupied the country to the east of the Kurus, between the upper Himalayas and the river Ganges The country was divided into Uttara-Panchala and Dakshina-Panchala The northern Panchala had its capital at Ahichatra also known as Adhichhatra and Chhatravati, near present-day Aonla tehsil of Bareilly district, while southern Panchala had it capital at Kampilya or Kampil in Farrukhabad district The famous city of Kannauj or Kanyakubja was situated in the kingdom of Panchala

The position of the Panchala kingdom in Iron Age Vedic India

The last two Panchala clans, the Somakas and the Srinjayas are mentioned in the Mahabharata and the Puranas King Drupada, whose daughter Draupadi was married to the Pandavas belonged to the Somaka clan2 However, the Mahabharata and the Puranas consider the ruling clan of the northern Panchala as an offshoot of the Bharata clan Divodasa, Sudas, Srinjaya, Somaka and Drupada also called Yajnasena were the most notable rulers of this clan3

During 176 – 166 BC, Panchal coins were minted at Bareilly and the surrounding areas It was the Kushan and Gupta kings who established mints here The city's continued status as a mint town since the beginning of the Christian era was helped by the fact that Bareilly was never a disturbed area except at the time of the Indian Independence Struggle

Found at Ganga Ghati in abundance were the Adi Vigraha and Shree Vigraha coins of the Pratihara Kings that were minted here between the 4th to the 9th centuries Dating to this period are also the silver coins — similar to those of Firoz Second — known as Indo-Sasanian4

Medieval periodedit

After the fall of the Kingdom of Panchala, the City was under the rule of local rulers In the twelfth century, it was ruled by different clans of Rajputs referred to by the general name of Katehriyas Kshatriya Rajputs5

According to British historian Matthew Atmore Sherring the district of Bareilly was formerly a dense jungle inhabited by a race of Ahirs and was called Tappa Ahiran67 In the beginning of the thirteenth century, when the Delhi Sultanate was firmly established, Katehr was divided into the provinces of Sambhal and Budaun But the thickly forested country infested with wild animals provided just the right kind of shelter for rebels And indeed, Katehr was famous for rebellions against imperial authority During the Sultanate rule, there were frequent rebellions in Katehr All were ruthlessly crushed Sultan Balban 1266–1287 ordered vast tracts of jungle to be cleared so as to make the area unsafe for the insurgents

The slightest weakening of the central authority provoked acts of defiance from the Katehriya Rajputs Thus the Mughals initiated the policy of allotting lands for Afghan settlements in Katiher8 Afghan settlements continued to be encouraged throughout the reign of Aurangzeb 1658–1707 and even after his death These Afghans, known as the Rohilla Afghans, caused the area to be known as Rohilkhand9

The city of Bareilly was founded in 1537 by Basdeo, a Katehriya Rajput The city is mentioned in the histories for the first time by Budayuni, who he writes that Husain Quli Khan was appointed the governor of Bareilly and Sambhal in 1568 The divisions and revenue of the district fixed by Todar Mal were recorded by Abul Fazl in 1596 In 1658, Bareilly was made the headquarters of the province of Budaun10 The foundation of the 'modern' City of Bareilly was laid by Mukrand Rai in 1657

The tract of land forming the subah or province of Rohilkhand was formerly called Katehr/Katiher11

The Mughal policy of encouraging Afghan settlements for keeping the Katehriyas in check worked only as long as the central government was strong After Aurangzeb's death, the Afghans, having themselves become local potentates, began to seize and occupy neighbouring villages

Regions of Uttar Pradesh including Rohilkhandwith Bareilly as its capital

In 1623 two Afghan brothers of the Barech tribe, Shah Alam and Husain Khan, settled in the region, bringing with them many other Pashtun settlers The Rohilla Daud Khan was awarded the Katehr region in the then northern India by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir ruled 1658–1707 to suppress Rajput uprisings, which had afflicted this region Originally, some 20,000 soldiers from various Pashtun Tribes Yusafzais, Ghoris, Lodis, Ghilzai, Barech, Marwat, Durrani, Tanoli, Tarin, Kakar, Khattak, Afridi and Baqarzai were hired by Mughals to provide soldiers to the Mughal armies and this was appreciated by Aurangzeb Alamgir, an additional force of 25,000 men was given respected positions in Mughal army However most of them settled in the Katehar region during Nadir Shah's invasion of northern India in 1739 increasing their population up to 100,0000 Due to the large settlement of Rohilla Afghans, the Katehar region gained fame as Rohilkhand

Meanwhile, Ali Muhammad Khan 1737–1749, grandson of Shah Alam, captured the city of Bareilly and made it his capital, later uniting the Rohillas to form the state of 'Rohilkhand', between 1707 and 1720, making Bareilly his capital He rapidly rose to power and got confirmed in possession of the lands he had seized The Emperor made him a Nawab in 1737, and he was recognised as the governor of Rohilkhand in 1740 According to 1901 census of India, the total Pathan population in Bareilly District was 40,779, out of a total population of 1,090,11712 Their principal clans were the Yusafzais, Ghoris, Lodis, Ghilzai, Barech, Marwat, Durrani, Tanoli, Tarin, Kakar, Khattak, Afridi and Baqarzai Other important cities were Rampur, Shahjahanpur, Badaun, and others13

Hafiz Rahmat Khan, standing right to Ahmad Shah Durrani, who is shown on a brown horseduring The 'Third battle of Panipat' 14 January 1761

Ali Muhammad was succeeded by Hafiz Rahmat Khan Barech 1749–1774, whom he appointed as the regent of Rohilkhand on his deathbed14better source needed Hafiz Rahmat Khan Barech extended the power of Rohilkhand from Almora in the North to Etawah in the South-West Under Rahmat Ali Khan, Rohillas' power continued to rise, though the area was torn by strife amongst the rival chieftains and continuous struggles with the neighbouring powers, particularly the Nawab Vazirs of Awadh,15 the Bangash Nawabs16 and the Marathas17

The term Rohilla is derived from the Pashtu Roh, meaning mountain, and literally means a mountain air, and was used by the Baluch and Jats of the Derajat region to refer to the Pashtun mountains tribes of Loralai, Zhob and Waziristan regions The Rohillas and are men of a taller stature and a fairer complexion than the general inhabitants of the district The Muslims in the area are chiefly the descendants of Yousafzai Afghans tribe of Pashtuns, called the Rohilla Pathans of the Mandanh sub-section, but other Pashtuns also became part of the community, who settled in the country about the year 172018 Rohilla's Sardar like Daud Khan, Ali Muhammad Khan, and the legendary Hafiz Rahmat Khan Barech were from the renowned Afghan tribe the Barech, who were originally from the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan In Uttar Pradesh, it was used for all Pashtuns, except for the Shia Bangashes who settled in the Rohilkhand region, or men serving under Rohilla chiefs Rohillas were distinguished by their separate language and culture They spoke Pashto among each other but gradually lost their language over time and now converse in Urdu

Bishop Heber described them as follows – "The country is burdened with a crowd of lazy, profligate, self-called sawars cavaliers, who, though many of them are not worth a rupee, conceive it derogatory to their gentility and Pathan blood to apply themselves to any honest industry, and obtain for the most part a precarious livelihood by sponging on the industrious tradesmen and farmers, on whom they levy a sort of blackmail, or as hangers-on to the wealthy and noble families yet remaining in the province These men have no visible means of maintenance, and no visible occupation except that of lounging up and down with their swords and shields, like the ancient Highlanders, whom in many respects they much resemble"18

Rohilkhand under Hafiz Rahmat Khan Barech was on the winning side at the Third Battle of Panipat of 1761 and successfully blocked the expansion of the Maratha Empire into north India In 1772 Rohilkhand was invaded by the Marathas; however the Nawabs of Awadh came to the aid of the Rohillas in repulsing the invasion After the war Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula demanded payment for their help from the Rohilla chief, Hafiz Rahmat Khan Barech When the demand was refused the Nawab joined with the British under Governor Warren Hastings and his Commander-in-Chief, Alexander Champion, to invade Rohilkhand The combined forces of Shuja-ud Daulah, the Nawab of Awadh and the Company's forces led by Colonel Champion defeated Hafiz Rahmat Ali Khan in 1774 Hafiz Rahmat Khan Barech was killed in the ensuing battle at Miranpur Katra in 1774 His death finally closing the chapter of Rohilla rule

Rohilkhand was handed over to the Nawab Vazir of Awadh From 1774 to 1800, the province was ruled by the Nawabs of Awadh By 1801, the subsidies due under the various treaties for support of a British force had fallen into hopeless arrears To defray the debt, Nawab Saadat Ali Khan surrendered Rohilkhand to the East India Company by the treaty of 10 November 1801 19

During this period too, Bareilly retained its status as a mint Emperor Akbar and his descendants minted gold and silver coins at mints in Bareilly The Afghan conqueror Ahmed Shah Durani too minted gold and silver coins at the Bareilly mint

During the time of Shah Alam II, Bareilly was the headquarters of Rohilla Sardar Hafiz Rehmat Khan and many more coins were issued After that, the city was in possession of Awadh Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah The coins that he issued had Bareilly, Bareilly Aasfabad, and Bareilly kite and fish as identification marks After that, the minting of coins passed on to the East India Company20

The Rohillas, after fifty years' precarious independence, were subjugated in 1774 by the confederacy of British troops with the Nawab of Oudh's army, which formed a charge against Warren Hastings Their territory was in that year annexed to Oudh In 1801 the Nawab of Oudh ceded it to the Company in commutation of the subsidy money18

Modern periodedit

After the Rohillas, the change of the power structure did little to soothe the troubled strife torn area; rather the change had the effect to aggravate a precarious state of affairs There was a general spirit of discontent throughout the district In 1812, an inordinate enhancement in the revenue demand21 and then in 1814 the imposition of a new house tax caused a lot of resentment against the British "Business stood still, shops were shut and multitudes assembled near the courthouse to petition for the abolition of the tax" The Magistrate, Dembleton, already an unpopular man made things worse by ordering the assessment to be made by a Kotwal In the skirmish that took place between the rebel masses and the sepoys under Captain Cunningham, three or four hundred people died In 1818, Glyn was posted as Acting Judge, and the Magistrate of Bareilly, and the Joint Magistrate of Bulundshahr

In a research ordered by Glyn asking Ghulam Yahya to write an account about 'craftsmen, the names of tools of manufacture and production and their dress and manners', eleven trades found out to be most popular means of livelihood in and around Bareilly in the 1820s were glass manufacture, manufacture of glass bangles, manufacture of lac bangles, crimping, gram parching, wire drawing, charpoy weaving, manufacture of gold and silver thread, keeping a grocer's shop, making jewellery and selling kab¹bs10

A 1912 map of 'Northern India The Revolt of 1857–59' showing the centres of rebellion including the principal ones: Meerut, Delhi, Bareilly, Kanpur, Lucknow, Jhansi, and Gwalior

Bareilly Rohilkhand was a major centre during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 also known as India's First War of Independence

It began as a mutiny of native soldiers sepoys employed by the British East India Company's army, against perceived race based injustices and inequities, on 10 May 1857, in the town of Meerut, and soon erupted into other mutinies and civilian rebellions which were mainly centred on north central India along the several major river valleys draining the south face of the Himalayas See red annotated locations on Map at right but with local episodes extending both northwest to Peshawar on the north-west frontier with Afghanistan and southeast beyond Delhi

There was a widespread popular revolt in many areas such as Awadh, Bundelkhand and Rohilkhand The rebellion was therefore more than just a military rebellion, and it spanned more than one region The communal hatred led to ugly communal riots in many parts of UP The green flag was hoisted and Muslims in Bareilly, Bijnor, Moradabad and other places the Muslims shouted for the revival of Muslim kingdom22

The main conflict occurred largely in the upper Gangetic plain and central India, with the major hostilities confined to present-day Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, northern Madhya Pradesh, and the Delhi region23 The rebellion posed a considerable threat to British East Indian Company power in that region,24 and it was contained only with the fall of Gwalior on 20 June 185823 Somewho regard the rebellion as the first of several movements over ninety years to achieve independence, which was finally achieved in 1947

During the Mutiny of 1857 the Rohillas took a very active part against the English, but since then they had been disarmed18 During the First War of Indian Independence in 1857, Khan Bhadur Khan issued silver coins from Bareilly as an independent ruler These coins are a novelty as far as the numismatist is concerned25

The population in 1901 was 1,090,117 Bareilly, also, was the headquarters of a brigade in the 7th division of the eastern army corps in British period18


Bareilly is located at 28°10′N, 78°23′E, and lies in northern India It borders Pilibhit and Shahjahanpur on East and Rampur on west, Udham Singh Nagar Uttarakhand in North and Badaun in South It is a level terrain, watered by many streams, the general slope being towards the south The soil is fertile and highly cultivated, groves of noble trees abound, and the villages have a neat, prosperous look A tract of forest jungle called the tarai stretches along the extreme north of the district and teems with large game such as tigers, bears, deer and wild pigs The river Sarda or Gogra forms the eastern boundary of the district and is the principal stream Next in importance is the Ramganga, which receives as its tributaries most of the hill torrents of the Kumaon mountains The Deoha is another great drainage artery and receives many minor streams The Gomati or Gumti also passes through the district18


According to the 2011 census Bareilly district has a population of 4,465,344,26 roughly equal to the nation of Croatia27 or the US state of Louisiana28 This gives it a ranking of 39th in India out of a total of 64026 The district has a population density of 1,084 inhabitants per square kilometre 2,810/sq mi 26 Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 234%26 Bareilly has a sex ratio of 883 females for every 1000 males,26 and a literacy rate of 6052%26

According to the 2005 census report of the Government of India, the total population of Bareilly City Region Bareilly Municipal Corporation and Bareilly Cantt is 875,165 having distribution as 53% males and 47% females nearly The area under the city region is 12346 km² The density of the population is among the highest in the country, almost 5000 per km2

Religion in Bareilly29
Religion Percent
Hinduism    6364%
Islam    3454%
Sikhism    063%
Others    116%

Hindus form 636% of population29 The main population consists of Kurmis Jadauns and Gangwars, Patels, Mauryas, and other castes such as the Baniyas, others like Jatavs, Balmikis, Thakurs, Kayasthas & Punjabis

Minority population is about 35% of the total population of the district Bareilly is a category "A" district ie having socio-economic and basic amenities parameters below the national average30

Administrative divisionsedit


Rohilkhand University in Bareilly was established in 1975 In August 1997, it was renamed as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University Presently, 80 colleges are affiliated to it31

See alsoedit

  • History of Bareilly


  1. ^ http://wwwcensusindiagovin/2011census/dchb/0919_PART_B_DCHB_BAREILLYpdf
  2. ^ Pargiter, FE 1972 Ancient Indian Historical Tradition, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, p117
  3. ^ Raychaudhuri, HC 1972 Political History of Ancient India, Calcutta: University of Calcutta, pp65–8
  4. ^ "When Bareilly was in currency" The Times of India 
  5. ^ When the Ain-i-Akbari was compiled c 1595-6, Katiher was largely held by Rajputs of different clans such as Bachal, Gaur, Chauhan and Rathor See Iqbal Husain, op cit, p 6
  6. ^ https://booksgooglecoin/booksid=8V4IAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA237&dq=Jats+Gujars+and+Ahirs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=H0m3VPf_JI2zuASO84LgBw&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAjhk#v=onepage&q=Ahirs&f=false
  7. ^ Hindu Tribes and Castes, Volume 1 page 334
  8. ^ Iqbal Husain, op cit, p 97
  9. ^ Bahadur Khan Ruhela and Diler Khan Ruhela were important nobles at the court of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan As a reward for defeating the Katehriyas a perpetual grant of 14 villages was conferred upon Bahadur Khan who asked his brother Diler Khan to lay the foundations of a new city Shahjahanpur was established in 1647 It became a strong Afghan township where 9,000 Afghans settled, migrating from Roh, the mountainous area south of Khaibar The tract of land forming the subah or province of Rohilkhand was formerly called Katehr/Katiher For more details, see Iqbal Husain, The Rise and Decline of the Ruhela Chieftaincies in 18th Century India, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1994, chapter 1 "Katiher by and large consisted of the two sark¹rs Badaun and Sambhal Najmul Ghani says that Katiher consisted of the modern districts of Bareilly, Muradabad and Badaun," p 4, fn 25
  10. ^ a b http://wwwlibraryupennedu/collections/sasia/crafts1820/introduchtml
  11. ^ For more details, see Iqbal Husain, The Rise and Decline of the Ruhela Chieftaincies in 18th Century India, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1994, chapter 1 "Katiher by and large consisted of the two sark¹rs Badaun and Sambhal Najmul Ghani says that Katiher consisted of the modern districts of Bareilly, Muradabad and Badaun," p 4, fn 25
  12. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of India by W M Hunter
  13. ^ An Eighteenth Century History of North India: An Account Of The Rise And Fall Of The Rohilla Chiefs In Janbhasha By Rustam Ali Bijnori by Iqtidar Husain Siddiqui Manohar Publications
  14. ^ Genealogy of Rampur princely state, 1
  15. ^ The Nawab Vazirs of Awadh who clashed with the Rohillas were: Saadat Khan Burhan-ul Mulk 1720–39, Safdar Jung 1739–56, Shuja-ud Daulah 1756–75 The combined forces of Shuja-ud Daulah and the British defeated Hafiz Rahmat Khan in 1774
  16. ^ Farrukhabad was the seat of the Bangash Nawabs Muhammad Khan Bangash was the founder of the settlement The jagir was conferred upon him by Farrukhsiyar 1713–19in 1713 as reward for services rendered by him in the war of succession
  17. ^ Nawab Safdar Jung of Awadh enlisted the help of the Marathas against the Bangash Nawabs The Bangash Nawabs sought help from the Rohillasl The latter were defeated in 1750 The Marathas again invaded Rohilla territory this time attacking Bijnor in 1759
  18. ^ a b c d e f "Archived copy" Archived from the original on 26 May 2012 Retrieved 9 January 2011 
  19. ^ Hafiz British Library
  20. ^ "When Bareilly was in currency" The Times of India 
  21. ^ See Conybeare, op cit p 677
  22. ^ R C Majumdar: Sepoy Mutiny and Revolt of 1857 page 2303-31
  23. ^ a b Bandyopadhyay 2004, pp 169–172 Bose & Jalal 2003, pp 88–103 Quote: "The 1857 rebellion was by and large confined to northern Indian Gangetic Plain and central India", Brown 1994, pp 85–87, and Metcalf & Metcalf 2006, pp 100–106
  24. ^ Bayly 1990, p 170 Quote: "What distinguished the events of 1857 was their scale and the fact that for a short time they posed a military threat to British dominance in the Ganges Plain"
  25. ^ "When Bareilly was in currency" The Times of India 
  26. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011" Census2011coin 2011 Retrieved 30 September 2011 
  27. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence "Country Comparison:Population" Retrieved 1 October 2011 Croatia 4,483,804 July 2011 est 
  28. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data" U S Census Bureau Archived from the original on 19 October 2013 Retrieved 30 September 2011 Louisiana 4,533,372 
  29. ^ a b http://wwwcensus2011coin/data/religion/district/521-bareillyhtml Bareilly Religion Census 2011
  31. ^ "About the University" MGP Rohilkhand University website Archived from the original on 30 April 2009 

External linksedit

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Coordinates: 28°25′N 79°23′E / 28417°N 79383°E / 28417; 79383

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