Ahar, Bulandshahr

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This article has been extracted from

THE IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF INDIA , 1908.

OXFORD, AT THE CLARENDON PRESS.

Note: National, provincial and district boundaries have changed considerably since 1908. Typically, old states, ‘divisions’ and districts have been broken into smaller units, units, and many tahsils upgraded to districts.Many units have since been renamed. Therefore, this article is being posted mainly for its historical value.

Ahar, Bulandshahr

Town in the Anupshahr tahsil of Bulandshahr District, United Provinces, situated in 28 degree 28' N. and 78 degree 15' E., 21 miles east of Bulandshahr town. Population (1901), 2,382. It is said to derive its name from ahi, ' snake,' and har, ' sacrifice,' as tradition relates that Janamejaya performed his great snake sacrifice here.

The capital of the Lunar race is also said to have been moved here after Hastinapur was washed away. Another legend states that this was the residence of Rukmini, wife of Krishna, and the temple from which she was carried off is still pointed out.

The place is certainly of great antiquity, and several fragments of stone sculpture of an early date have been found. Under Akbar, Ahar was the chief town of a mahal or pargana. The town lies on the high bank of the Ganges, and there are many temples. It also contains a hall for the meetings of the Arya Samaj, which has over 100 followers here.

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