Kakori is a town and a nagar panchayat in Lucknow district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.[1] It is situated 14 km north of Lucknow. More widely known for its kebabs, Zardozi work and Dasheri mangoes, Kakori is also the centre of once flourishing Urdu poetry, literature and the Qadiriya Qalandari Sufi order. This city came into light of the world history after 9 August 1925 when Indian revolutionaries forcefully snatched the government's treasury from a train. The incident is called as Kakori train robbery or the Kakori conspiracy case of British period.

Kakori
Town
Kakori is located in Uttar Pradesh
Kakori
Kakori
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 26°53′N 80°48′E / 26.88°N 80.8°E / 26.88; 80.8Coordinates: 26°53′N 80°48′E / 26.88°N 80.8°E / 26.88; 80.8
Country India
StateUttar Pradesh
DistrictLucknow
Elevation
121 m (397 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total19,403
Languages
 • OfficialHindi, Urdu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationUP-32

ImportanceEdit

Kakori is famous for producing hundreds of civil servants in British India who served all over the country. It was the leading town in Oudh along with Rudauli and Mahmoodabad that supplemented the culture of Lucknow.

Kakori is the main abode of two branches of the Kakorvi Shaikh community, namely Alavi and Abbasi, since the fifteenth Century. The Alavi (often spelt as Alvi) branch claim their lineage to Ali, the fourth Caliph and prophet Mohammed's cousin and his son-in-law. However, this branch claim their lineage to Ali through his son Muhammad bin Hanafiyah, with his wife Khaula-Al-Hanifiyah.

The Alavi of Kakori also referred as Moulvi Zadigan (Moulvis) or Makhdoom Zadigan (Makhdooms) depending whether they are descendant of Mulla Abu Bakr Jami Alavi, who settled in Kakori in 1460 or descendant of Qari Amir Saifuddin Alavi, who settled in Kakori in 1552. The Abbasi branch claims their lineage to Al-Abbas, an uncle of the prophet Muhammad.

The Abbasi of Kakori also referred as Qazi Zadigan (Qazi's), indicating that they are the descendants of Qazi Shaikh Klan (elder or Senior) Abbasi, who settled in Kakori after his appointment as the first Qazi of Kakori by the Royal Court of Delhi in 1490.

Kakori is famous for its mangoes, kebabs, palatial houses of Muslim gentry of Oudh and numerous mosques. The town is the seat of the Qadiria Qalandaria Sufi order and the Urs attracts thousands every year. The poet Mohsin Kakorvi, his son Noorul Hasan Nayyier, the compiler of Nurul Lughaat, one of the authentic Urdu Dictionary to date and the satirist Ghulam Ahmed Alavi 'Furqat Kakorvi' all belonged to this town.

Kakori conspiracyEdit

The looting of a train near Kakori in August 1925 became known as the Kakori conspiracy. The revolutionaries comprised several people involved in the Indian independence movement. A memorial to those revolutionaries exists in the town.[2]

GeographyEdit

Kakori is located at 26°53′N 80°48′E / 26.88°N 80.8°E / 26.88; 80.8.[3] It has an average elevation of 121 metres (396 feet).

DemographicsEdit

As of 2001 India census,[4] Kakori had a population of 16,731. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Kakori has an average literacy rate of 46%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 51%, and female literacy is 40%. In Kakori, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Religions in Kakori
Religion Percent
Hindus
50.82%
Muslims
48.69%
Christians
0.26%
Others
0.23%

Popular cultureEdit

Kakori has been used as a setting for various movies, of which Junoon (1978) and Umrao Jaan (1981) are two examples. Anwar (2007) also featured the town.

VillagesEdit

Kakori block contains the following 83 villages:[1]

Village name Total land area (hectares) Population (in 2011)
Man Mauna 186.6 1,043
Thavar 673.8 4,240
Padra Thavar 86.4 665
Autrouli 149.5 0
Kusmari 179.1 959
Jagtapur 53.8 659
Allupur 86.4 492
Sirsa Mau 415.4 2,317
Raniya Mau 131.9 839
Godramau 973.5 2,992
Bighapur 64.1 790
Sarsanda 277.5 1,523
Banshigarhi 443.2 1,499
Kakrabad 347.1 2,442
Jehta 674.1 5,774
Saitha 296.1 2.505
Maura 440.3 2,806
Saraipremraj 151.6 2,012
Lalnagar 97.9 971
Sikrauri 322.5 6,038
Dashaari 131 1,422
Muhinuddin Pur 55.5 798
Chakdadanpur 23.2 333
Saidpur Gaheri 159.6 2,089
Paliya 60.3 1,168
Bithona 91.5 796
Muzaffar Pur 110.6 1,196
Raipur 60.5 898
Salempur 420.9 5,992
Mahipatmau 150.1 5,722
Kushmora Dhaluapur 578.5 3,000
Amethia Salempur 515 6,618
Pahia Ajampur 101.8 1,844
Kakori 988.3 2,459
Birahu 143.6 977
Dashdoi 231.6 2,270
Gohra Mau 129.5 1,481
Karjhan 144.3 1,220
Chiloki 25.8 638
Mubarakpur 69.6 598
Chakperva 44.5 577
Karimabad 246.5 1,421
Baragaon 466.9 3,084
Mahtava 78.9 834
Gvalpur 63.5 531
Shahpur 243.2 1,969
Bhatau Jamalpur 477.4 1,784
Kusmi 136.4 858
Bhaliya 337.2 2,550
Adampur Indwara 368.5 484
Gahalwara 332.1 1,020
Dona 689 4,180
Naktora 75 414
Jaliyamau 336.9 2,398
Ajmatnagar 73.8 352
Mahmudpur 30.8 214
Goshalalpur 300.1 2,000
Dariyapyr 49.1 463
Saiphalpur 102.6 933
Soodi 62.7 118
Sherpurmau 145.1 1,286
Sarai Alipur 191.2 1,070
Basrela 192.9 1,535
Khanpur Mau 145 764
Behru 594.1 3,991
Revari 227.7 908
Kathigera 196.2 1,590
Belwa 115.3 772
Sakra 731.3 2,858
Tej Krishna Khera 387.5 1,392
Ibrahim Ganj 39.7 1,110
Madarpur 94.3 762
Saraimuhib 97.5 41
Puraina 132.8 1,447
Kuda Eat Gaon 428.3 2,811
Barkatabad Jahangirabad 489.9 1,939
Shivari 508.5 2,710
Hardoiyalal Nagar 276.6 1,870
Tendava 68.4 826
Khushal Ganj 382 4,337
Fatehganj 46.3 1,810
Narona 311.4 2,594
Sarosa Bharosa 671.9 5,585

The villages in Kakori block have a total population of 152,277, in 26,735 households.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Census of India 2011: Uttar Pradesh District Census Handbook - Lucknow, Part A (Village and Town Directory)". Census 2011 India. pp. 28–67, 148–65, 278–292. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  2. ^ Sinha, Arunav. "Tourist spot tag may uplift Kakori". The Times of India. Lucknow. TNN. Archived from the original on 16 September 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  3. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Kakori
  4. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.