Pilibhit – Places of Interest

1. Old Pilibhit (Hindi: पुराना पीलीभीत)

The present town is of comaparatively recent origin but there is still a village known as ‘Old Pilibhit’ standing on the left bank of the Khakra river about 5 km to the northeast near the road to Nyoria Husainpur. This village had always been occupied by the Banjara tribe of the Periya clan. It is supposed that Pilibhit is the corruption of Periya Bhit or the village mound of the Periyas and also that the name Pilibhit has been derived from a yellow mud wall which once surrounded the district

2. Zama Masjid (Hindi: जामा मस्जिद)

A painting of Pilibhit Jama Masjid in 1780 found in British Liberary

A painting of Pilibhit Jama Masjid in 1780 found in British Liberary[45]

Many big buildings were constructed in the Mughal period. In this continuation a replica of Jama Masjid Delhi was built here by Hafiz Rahmat Khan in 1769. The only difference between Jama Masjid Delhi and Jama Masjid Pilibhit is of area only. Previously there was a pond at this place. Three lakh rupees were spent for the construction of this Masjid at that time. A sun watch is still there in Jama Masjid. Hafiz Rahmat Khan was the Afghan Rohilla leader whose jagirs or estates included Pilibhit and Bareilly, where he is buried. He became the leader of the Rohilla Afghans in western Avadh, but was killed in a battle against the Nawab of Avadh, assisted by trhe English, in 1774. The gateway is built in Mughal style, paying homage to the gateways of the Jama Masjid in Delhi, while the wall around the mosque enclosure shows the curvilinear Bengali roof found in Shahjahan‘s additions to the Mughal palace at Agra.

3. Dargah of Shahji Miyan (Hindi: शाहजी मियां की दरगाह)

In the northern side of the city of Pilibhit a dargha of qutebe Pilibhit Hazrat Kibla Hazi Shah Ji Mohammad Sher Mian Sahib Rahmat Ullah Aleh is situated which is very famous and people travel from other states as well as countries to take the blessing of Hazrat Shah Ji Mian. It is also said that by offering a CHADAR at the dargah is fruitful to the people. The dargar has become place of social harmony as people of various religion come here to offer their faith.

4. Gauri Shankar Temple (Hindi: गौरी शंकर मन्दिर)

This temple is 450 years old. This is situated in Khahra loclaity at banks of the rivers Devha & Khahra. It is said that the fore fathers of present Pandit Har Prasad came to this place with other saints. There was a jungle at that time. He dreamt in the night that God Shiva is here, in the morning he saw the Idol of God Shiva. Gradually a temple was built. Every year a fair is organized here on the occasions of Shivratri, Raksha Bandhan and on every monday of Sharavan month. A dharamshala is situated at the outer side of the temple, which was donated by Dwarika Das Banjara. There are two big entry gates at the eastern and southern side of the temple. These gates were built by Hafiz Rahmat Khan in late 18th century.

5. Raja Venu Ka Tila (Hindi: राजा वेणु का टीला)

In the Puranpur tehsil of district Pilibhit, one KM away from railway station, there is one high place (Tila) is situated in Shahgarh area, It is said that there was a palace of Raja Venu at this place. Ruins are still there. A very big well and ruins tells the story of a Kingdom.

6. Jaisantri Devi Temple (Hindi: जयसंतरी देवी मन्दिर)

It is one of the sacred place of the district, placed near awas vikas colony locality of the city, which almost 5 KM away from railway station. Although the temple premises is not in good condition, but still its a place of faith of Thousands and lakhs Hindus of sarounding areas. The temple becomes very crowded in the Navratris, during this days a fair is organized, which attracts not only the people of the district but from the nearby district as well. It is believed that the temple was constructed some time in 1858, after the great Indian sepoy munity, in the memory of some sepoys, who died while fighting with the Britishes in the field near the temple itself.

Chuka Beach Pilibhit

Chuka Beach Pilibhit

7. Ardhanarishwer Temple (Hindi: अर्धनारीश्वर मन्दिर)

One of the newly constructed, well decorated temple, which is the center point of all Shiva devotees of the city, situated on station road, near Vishal Cinema. This temple become extremely crowded during Shrawan Month and on the day the Mahashivratri. The another attraction of this temple is the Kali Puja, organized on the Diwali night in an auspious Mahurat. Thousands of devotees take part togather in the puja.

8. Chuka Beach (Hindi: चूका घाट)

Chuka beach is situated between the main sharda canal and sharda sagar dam under the ‘Mahof forest renge’. This is one of ever-green forest area protected by government of India, which is one of five forest reserves in the district, namely Mala, Haripur, Barahi, Mahof and Deoriya. Dist administration has developed this place as a picnic spot in order to increase the tourism in the area.

Sunset at Chuka Beach near Pilibhit

Sunset at Chuka Beach near Pilibhit

9. Dramand Government Inter College (Hindi: ड्रमंड राजकीय इंटर कॉलेज परिसर)

This was established in 1915 by Mr. Drumand. Now this is a government college for boys from standard VI to XII. Apart from the fact that it’s a government inter college, this School premises, has one of the oldest building with the great architecture in the whole regeion and the trust which is taking care of the building, is one of the richest trust in that area.

10. Raja ji Temple (Hindi: राजा जी का मन्दिर)

Raja lalta Prasad and Sahau Har prasad , belonging to the raja family of Pilibhit worked together and attained lot of fame and prosperity. Their contribution in making the town of Pilibhit well known in the region was immense. Pilibhit is situated in the sub montane region of Himalayan Mountains , in the Rohilkhand division of Uttar Pradesh (previously known as The United Province of Agra and Oudh). Raja Lalta Prasad (1872-1924) along with his brother Sahu Har Prasad (1875-1953) apart from setting up businesses , such as The lalit hari sugar mills took interest in the development of the region and estabilished The Lalit Hari Sanskrit and Ayurvedic college , The Radha Ramanji temple , dharamshalas at religious centres in the shahukara locality of the city.

Gurudwara Sri Chattvi Padshahi

Gurudwara Sri Chattvi Padshahi

11. Chhathavi Padshahi Gurudwara (Hindi: छठवी पादशाही गुरुद्वारा)

There is one 400 years old famous gurudwara in the pakriya locality of the city. It is said that Guru Govind Singhji took rest here, on the way to NanakMatta. He establish a gurudwara here on the name of the 6th guru Sri Har Govind ji and named it as “Chattvi Padshahi Gurudwara“. In 1983, one of the famous social servant Sri Faoj Singh reconstrate this beautiful momument.

12. Gomat Taal (Hindi: गोमत ताल)

The Gomti river is one of the most sacred rivers of north India. It originates from a reservoir called Gomat taal, which is about 7 km east of Pilibhit, and flows into the River Ganges. It passes through Lucknow the capital of Uttar Pradesh and the latter part of its course through Barabanki, Sultanpur, Faizabad and Jaunpur districts. The length of the river is 800 km. According to legends in the Pilibhit locality, the river is considered to be the daughter of Sage Vashistha. During solar eclipse, devotees believe that taking a bath in the Gomat taal is equivalent to the bath taken in the river in Kurukshetra.

13. Devha-Ghaghra Sangum (Hindi: देवहा-घाघरा संगम)

The river Devha joins the river Ghaghra at a place named Bharmchari Ghat (Hindi: बहर्मचारी घाट), near to Aurvedic College in the Khakra locality of the city. Though, there is no proper roads to reach that place, but some bull carts are always available for transportation, one has to cross both of the rivers before reaching at the main ghat. Every year on the occasion of Karthik Purnima (Ganga snan), Solar eclipse, Lunar eclipse a big fair is organized at sangum, devotees come to sangum and take bath organize prayers. People from various communities come to this Ghats, cook Dal-Bhat, and distributes among devotees after offering to the rivers.

Published in: on January 25, 2008 at 11:38 AM  Comments (13)  

Pilibhit – How To Reach

Main Three express trains comes here from Lucknow named as Lucknow-Agra express(5313), Nainital Express(5308) and Rohilkhand Express(5310) respectively. Two express trains from Agra comes named as Agra-Gonda express(GOKUL-5316) and Agra-Lucknow(5314) Express. From Delhi one has to reach first nearby district Bareilly or train then may reach Pilibhit by a bus or meter gauge train.

Pilibhit is also very well connected to Bareilly by BUS at the frequency of ½ hr. Direct buses are also available from Delhi, Lucknow, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kanpur, Rupaidhiya, Agra and Tanakpur etc

Published in: on January 10, 2008 at 11:37 AM  Leave a Comment  
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