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Gorakhpur is a city along the banks of the Rapti river in the north-eastern part or the Purvanchal region of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated 273 kilometres east of the state capital Lucknow. It is the administrative headquarters of Gorakhpur district, North Eastern Railway Zone and Gorakhpur division. The city is home to the Gorakhnath Math, a Gorakhnath temple. The city also has a Indian Air Force station, since 1963.

Gorakhpur
City
Gorakhnath Math, Taramandal, Geeta Press
Gorakhpur is located in Uttar Pradesh
Gorakhpur
Gorakhpur
Gorakhpur is located in India
Gorakhpur
Gorakhpur
Gorakhpur is located in Asia
Gorakhpur
Gorakhpur
Coordinates: 26°45′32″N 83°22′11″E / 26.7588°N 83.3697°E / 26.7588; 83.3697Coordinates: 26°45′32″N 83°22′11″E / 26.7588°N 83.3697°E / 26.7588; 83.3697
CountryIndia
StateUttar Pradesh
DistrictGorakhpur
Government
 • TypeMunicipal corporation
 • BodyGorakhpur Municipal corporation
 • MayorSitaram Jaiswal
 • MPRavi Kishan (BJP)
Elevation
84 m (276 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total673,446
 • Rank66
Demonym(s)Gorakhpuri , Gorakhpuriya
Language
 • OfficialHindi[2]
 • Additional officialUrdu[2]
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
2730xx
Telephone code+91-0551
Vehicle registrationUP-53
Sex ratio1000/903 /
Avg. annual temperature26 °C (79 °F)
Avg. summer temperature40 °C (104 °F)
Avg. winter temperature18 °C (64 °F)
Websitegorakhpur.nic.in

EtymologyEdit

The name "Gorakhpur" comes from the Sanskrit Gorakshapuram, which means abode of Gorakshanath, a renowned ascetic who was a prominent saint of the Nath Sampradaya.[3][4]

GeographyEdit

Gorakhpur is one of the flood vulnerable districts in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Data over the past 100 years show a considerable increase in the intensity and frequency of floods, with extreme events occurring every three to four years. Roughly 20% of the population is affected by floods, which are an annual occurrence in some areas, causing huge loss of life, health and livelihoods for the poor inhabitants, as well as damage to public and private property.[5]

ClimateEdit

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).[6]

Climate data for Gorakhpur
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 23.2
(73.8)
26.5
(79.7)
32.7
(90.9)
37.9
(100.2)
39.5
(103.1)
37.2
(99.0)
33.2
(91.8)
32.7
(90.9)
33.1
(91.6)
32.6
(90.7)
29.3
(84.7)
24.6
(76.3)
31.9
(89.4)
Average low °C (°F) 9.5
(49.1)
12.0
(53.6)
16.9
(62.4)
22.3
(72.1)
25.2
(77.4)
26.2
(79.2)
25.7
(78.3)
25.5
(77.9)
24.7
(76.5)
21.2
(70.2)
15.0
(59.0)
10.6
(51.1)
19.6
(67.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 21.7
(0.85)
11.4
(0.45)
10.2
(0.40)
13.7
(0.54)
27.4
(1.08)
163.6
(6.44)
322.3
(12.69)
349.5
(13.76)
213.9
(8.42)
83.8
(3.30)
4.5
(0.18)
6.1
(0.24)
1,228.1
(48.35)
Source: IMD

DemographicsEdit

As of 2011 Indian Census, Gorakhpur had a total population of 673,446, of which 353,907 were males and 319,539 were females. Population within the age group of 0 to 6 years was 69,596. Gorakhpur had a literary rate of 75.2.2%, of which male literacy was 79.4% and female literacy was 70.6%. It has a sex ratio of 903 females per 1000 males. The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes population was 62,728 and 2,929 respectively. Gorakhpur had 112237 households in 2011.[1]

TransportEdit

RailwaysEdit

 
Gorakhpur Junction railway station

Gorakhpur is connected through rail network and Gorakhpur railway station.

The station offers Class A-1 railway station facilities. On 6 October 2013, Gorakhpur has the world's Longest Railway platform, after inauguration of the remodelled Gorakhpur Yard, with a stretch of around 1.36 kilometres (0.85 mi).[7][8][9][10]

Gorakhpur is the headquarters of North Eastern Railways.[11]

AirEdit

An airforce station of Indian Air Force was established in Gorakhpur in 1963 and extended for public transport. Named Mahayogi Gorakhnath Airport.[12]

MetroEdit

Gorakhpur metro system consists of two corridors, Shyam Nagar-Suba Bazar and Gulriha-Kachehri Cahuraha. Both cover a distance of 27.41 kilometres (17.03 mi) and both corridor will have 27 metro station.

EducationEdit

Notable peopleEdit

Geographic locationEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Census of India: Gorakhpur". www.censusindia.gov.in. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "52nd REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LINGUISTIC MINORITIES IN INDIA" (PDF). nclm.nic.in. Ministry of Minority Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  3. ^ "History – Origin of Name". gorakhpur.nic.in. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  4. ^ Mallinson, James (2011) 'Nāth Saṃpradāya.' In: Brill Encyclopedia of Hinduism Vol. 3. Brill, pp. 407–428.
  5. ^ Integrating climate change concerns into disaster management planning: The case of Gorakhpur, India by Shiraz A. Wajih and Shashikant Chopde, the Climate and Environment Knowledge Network, 2014
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Gorakhpur (from Weatherbase.com)
  7. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Gorakhpur-gets-worlds-largest-railway-platform/articleshow/23616764.cms
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-06-02/varanasi/39690667_1_gorakhpur-railway-station-final-stage-cabway
  10. ^ "Gorakhpur gets world's longest railway platform". अमर उजाला (Amar Ujala). 13 February 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  11. ^ North Eastern Railway. Ner.indianrailways.gov.in. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  12. ^ No. 105 Helicopter Unit. Indian Air Force