Kaushambi district is a district in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Manjhanpur is the district headquarters, and Bharwari is the market center. The district was carved from Allahabad district on 4 April 1997. Manauri bajar connects Allahabad and Kaushambi districts by railway over a bridge on SH-95. Manjhanpur is south-west of Allahabad on the north bank of the Yamuna river, about 55 kilometres (34 mi) from the city. It is surrounded by Chitrakoot district on the south, Pratapgarh district on the north, Allahabad district on the east and Fatehpur district on the west. Kaushambi is part of Allahabad division. The nearest railway station, in Bharwari, connects with Delhi, Allahabad, Kolkata, Gaya and Kanpur.
Location of Kaushambi district in Uttar Pradesh
|• Lok Sabha constituencies||Kaushambi (Lok Sabha constituency)|
|• Vidhan Sabha constituencies||1. Chail 2. Manjhanpur 3. Sirathu|
|• Total||1,903.17 km2 (734.82 sq mi)|
|• Density||840/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
|• Literacy||63.69 %|
|Time zone||UTC+05:30 (IST)|
Kaushambi was the capital of the ancient Indian Vatsa Mahajanapada, one of 16 such kingdoms. According to the Puranas, Vatsa was named after a Kaśī king. The Ramayana and the Mahabharata attribute the founding of its capital' Kauśāmbī, to a Chedi prince (Kuśa or Kuśāmba). The Puranas state that after Hastinapur was washed away by the Ganges, the Bharata king Nicakṣu (great-great grandson of Janamejaya), abandoned the city and settled in Kauśāmbī. This is supported by the Svapnavāsavadattā and the Pratijñā-Yaugandharāyaṇa, attributed to Bhāsa. Both described the king, Udayana, as a scion of the Bhārata family (Bhārata-kula). The Puranas contain a list of Nicakṣu’s successors which ends with the king Kṣemaka. Gautama Buddha visited Kaushambi several times during the reign of Udayana in his effort to spread the dharma, the Noble Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths, and Udayana was a Buddhist upāsaka. According to the Chinese translation of the Buddhist canonical text Ekottara Āgama, the first image of the Buddha (carved from sandalwood) was made at Udayana's request. The Puranas state that his four successors were Vahināra, DanḍapāṇI, Niramitra and Kṣemaka. Vatsa was later annexed by Avanti, and Maniprabha (Pradyota's great-grandson) ruled at Kauśāmbī as a prince of Avanti. Ashoka considered Kaushambi important, and placed a pillar there with inscriptions in Pali; a Jain temple was also constructed. The pillar and temple still stand, and Vatsa is being excavated by archaeologists.
Kaushambi district was carved from Allahabad district on 4 April 1997. In 2006, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Kaushambi one of India's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640). It is one of the 34 districts in Uttar Pradesh receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF).
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According to the 2011 census, Kaushambi district had a population of 1,599,596 (comparable to the population of Guinea-Bissau and the US state of Idaho); this ranks it 313th of India's 640 districts. The district has a population density of 897 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,320/sq mi). Its population growth rate from 2001 to 2011 was 23.49 percent. Kaushambi has a sex ratio of 905 females to 1,000 males, and a literacy rate of 63.69 percent.
Mohamed Aslam was a heavyweight boxer from Bharwari who was a silver medalist at the 1973 and 1975 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in Bangkok and Yokohama, respectively. Aslam won the Indian national championship in the heavyweight category for five consecutive years (1973–1978).
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