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Saurabh  Singh

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Popular place, best of destination

Gorakhpur is a good place to visit and everything is available here for our convenience. Not only I but many people also like it. There are many glamourous park is here. There are many hospitals. Religious place are also available in Gorakhpur. So as my experience Gorakhpur is better place.

Prashant Rai

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Nice one

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History of Gorakhpur

The city of Gorakhpur is located in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh at a distance of 90 km from the Nepal border. Gorakhpur, famous for its blend of cultural past and modern present, is a popular religious destination for Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and Jainism.Geologically, the bowl shaped Gorakhpur city is situated along the river basins of River Rapti and River Rohini. Gorakhpur is bordered by River Rapti on its west, by dense sal forests in its east and by Ramgarh Tal in the south. The north border of the Gorakhpur is constituted by the booming industrial area of the city. Gorakhpur and surrounding areas are rich in cultural heritage as they were important centres of the Aryan civilisation.

The ancient city of Gorakhpur was an integral territory of the Kosala kingdom of Lord Rama during the Vedic period. As per Vedic scriptures, Gorakhpur was initially ruled by the Ikshvaku dynasty. Later, it became a part of Shishunaga, Nanda, Mauryan, Shunga, Kushana and Gupta dynasties. Gorakhpur was a part of the 16 Mahajanapadas before the time of Buddha. Gorakhpur was also the abode of Lord Buddha, who renounced worldly pleasures at the confluence of rivers Rapti and Rohini in 400 BC.

The region is also associated with Lord Mahavir, the 24th tirthankar and the founder of Jainism.Gorakhpur came under the rule of Mohammad Ghori in the 12th century. It shot to fame in the 12th century when the Hindu ascetic and the disciple of Yogi Matsyendranath, Saint Gorakhnath, started advocating Nath Sampradaya. The city derived its name from the Gorakhnath Temple, constructed at the location where the saint used to preach Hatha Yoga. Later, the place was conquered by Turkish rulers, Qutub ud din Aibek and Bahadur Shah.Gorakhpur is also associated with the famous poet and philosopher Kabir, who composed and propagated most of his couplets at this place. Gorakhpur again rose to prominence in the early 20th century, when Gandhiji withdrew the Non-Cooperation Movement due to the act of violence at Chauri Chaura of Gorakhpur. Gorakhpur is the place where Gita Press is located, which compiles and publishes ancient Hindu scriptures and other religious books.

People and Culture of Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur is famous for being the converging point of different religions. The city is also famous for its art, music and dance shows and festivals. Chauri Chaura, Kushinagar, Kapilavastu, Lumbini, etc. are some popular excursion destinations around Gorakhpur.The headquarters of North East Railways, the city can be easily accessed by road and rail. The vicinity of Lucknow, Kushinagar and Kapilavastu makes it a popular tourist destination.Another popular tourist attraction of Gorakhpur is the month-long Tarkulha Mela organised at the Tarkulha Devi Temple. Beginning on April 1, 2012, the festival is organised to celebrate Chaitra Ram Navami. The temple where the event is held is associated with Bandhu Singh, a freedom fighter. To celebrate the occasion, special prayers and pujas are held at the temple.