Arsahad Ali Khan| BSP

About Gonda

The name Gonda comes from Hindi word ‘goshala’ means cowshed. The cowsheds of the royal lineage of Ayodhya were located here. The territory covered by the present district of Gonda is a part of the ancient Kosala Kingdom. It is divided into two portions defined by the Ghaghara River. Gonda is primarily an agricultural state known for its rich cultural and folk traditions. Spread over an area of 3404 Sq. Km. Gonda is a populous city with 3.51 million population among which only 23.10% are literate. Gonda town is the Headquarter of the district Administration of Uttar Pradesh as well as the Headquarter of Devipatan Mandal.

"Bharastachaar ka hoga nikaas Ab zile mai hoga vikaas, Hathi ka batan dabayenge Gonda ka bhavishya banayeng"

Gonda played a significant role in the Indian struggle for independence. Many people from the region actively participated including Maharaja Devi Bakhsha Singh, who escaped later to Nepal. Revolutionaries like Chandra Shekhar Azad also took shelter here and one of his partymen Rajendra Lahiri was incarcerated and hanged in the Gonda Jail on 17 December 1927 for Kakori Conspiracy.

Additionally, Gonda is known for its artisan works like handicraft, POP works, jewellery making etc. Here one can see the Buddhist remains dating to the early days of Buddhism spread throughout the region.

Prevailing Challenges of Gonda

  • Improper educational standards & facilities
  • Environmental negligence & lack of cleanliness in and around the city
  • Poor enforcement of Law & Order
  • Less developmental activities in comparison to other cities
  • Poor Road conditions
  • Poor maintenance of historic monuments & temples
  • Insufficient educational & employment opportunities
  • Increased corruption & violation of law & order by the ruling party
  • Lack of proper healthcare facilities
  • Lack of major sport facilities in town