Kakori is a town and a nagar panchayat in Lucknow district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. 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.
|Elevation||121 m (397 ft)|
|• Official||Hindi, Urdu|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
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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.
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.
Kakori is located at  It has an average elevation of 121 metres (396 feet)..
As of 2001[update] India census, 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.
Kakori block contains the following 83 villages:
|Village name||Total land area (hectares)||Population (in 2011)|
|Tej Krishna Khera||387.5||1,392|
|Kuda Eat Gaon||428.3||2,811|
The villages in Kakori block have a total population of 152,277, in 26,735 households.
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