Banda, Uttar Pradesh

Banda is a city and a municipal board in Banda district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Banda lies south of the Yamuna river in the Bundelkhand region. It is the administrative headquarters of Banda District. The town is well connected to major cities with railways and state highways. The town is near the right bank of the river Ken, 95 km south-west of Allahabad.

Banda was a town and district of British India, in the Allahabad division of the United Provinces. The population in 1901 was 22,565. It was formerly, but is no longer, a military cantonment.

Banda is located in Uttar Pradesh
Coordinates: 25°29′N 80°20′E / 25.483°N 80.333°ECoordinates: 25°29′N 80°20′E / 25.483°N 80.333°E
Country India
 • BodyBanda Municipal Corporation
 • ChairmanMohan Sahu (S.P.)
 • Total443.1 km2 (171.1 sq mi)
123 m (404 ft)
 • Total1,54,428
 • Density350/km2 (900/sq mi)
 • OfficialHindi, Bundelkhandi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code91-5192
Vehicle registrationUP-90
Sex ratio881[2] /


Among Banda's languages are Bundeli, which has a lexical similarity of 72-91% with Hindi[5] (compared to 60% for German and English)[6]HINDI, ENGLISH and is spoken by about 7,800,000 people in Bundelkhand.[5]


Civic administration

The city elects members to the Lok Sabha as well as the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha (State Assembly). The city is under the jurisdiction of a District Magistrate, who is an IAS officer. The Collectors are in charge of property records and revenue collection for the Central Government, and oversee the national elections held in the city. The Collector is also responsible for maintaining law and order in the city. The city is administered by the Banda Municipal Corporation with executive power vested in the Municipal Commissioner of Banda, who is an administrative officer. The corporation comprises elected members (corporators elected from the wards directly by the people) with City Mayor as its head. An Assistant Municipal Commissioner oversees each ward for administrative purposes. The Banda Police is headed by a Deputy Inspector General, who is an IPS officer. The Banda Police comes under the state Home Ministry. The city is divided into several police zones and traffic police zones. The Traffic Police is a semi-autonomous body under the Banda Police. The Banda Fire Brigade department is headed by the Chief Fire Officer, who is assisted by Deputy Chief Fire Officers and Divisional Officers.


It contains an area of 3,061 square miles (7,930 km2). In some parts it rises into irregular uplands and elevated plains, interspersed with detached rocks of granite; in others it sinks into marshy lowlands, which frequently remain under water during the rainy season. The sloping country on the bank of the Yamuna (previously called Jamuna)is full of ravines. To the south-east the Vindhya chain of hills takes its origin in a low range not exceeding 500 feet (150 m) in height, and forming a natural boundary of the district in that direction. The principal river of the district is the Yamuna, which flows from north-west to south-east, along the north-east boundary of the district, for 125 miles (201 km) The black soil of the district yields crops of which the principal are millet, other food-grains, pulse, rice, cotton and oil-seeds. Banda cotton enjoys a high repute in the market. A branch railway from Manikpur to Jhansi traverses the length of the district, which is also crossed by the East Indian main line to Jabalpur (earlier Jubbulpore).[3] The BDA (Banda development Authority) has planned to make one mall in town. 1 India Family Mart[4], a mid scale shopping store, is currently giving their service to the city.


As per provisional data of latest census 2011, Banda urban agglomeration has a population of 85,370 out of which males are 75,103 and females are 8,33,534. The literacy rate is 82.05%. The sex ratio is 881 which is much lower than the national average of 940.[5][6]

As per 2011 census, Hinduism is practiced by 77.73%, Islam 21.26% and the remaining religions 1.01% out of the total population.[7]


This is the easternmost district of Bundelkhand. The division of the district into two has been done by splitting Banda district , tahsil and block-wise. Karwi and Mau Tahsils lying in the eastern and South-eastern direction comprising the Manikpur, Mau, Pahadi, Chitrakut and Ramnagar blocks from the present Chitrakut district.

Banda, which forms one of the districts included under the general name of Bundelkhand, has formed an arena of contention for the successive races who have struggled for the sovereignty of India.

Shamsher Bahadur I (Krishna Rao) was a Maratha ruler of the dominion of Banda. He was the son of Bajirao I and Mastani.[8][9][10] He was bestowed upon a portion of his father’s dominion of Banda and Kalpi. In 1761, he and his army contingent were involved (fought alongside the Peshwa) in the Third Battle of Panipat between the Marathas and Afghans. He was wounded in that battle and died a few days later at Deeg.[11] Shamsher’s successor Ali Bahadur (Krishna Singh) established his authority over large parts of Bundelkhand and became the Nawab of Banda. The descendants of Shamsher Bahadur continued their allegiance towards the Maratha polity and his grandson, Shamsher Bahadur II, fought the English in the Anglo-Maratha War of 1803.[12]

Banda participated in the Indian Freedom Struggle under the leadership of Bundelkhand Kesri Dewan Shatrughan Singh & Rani Rajendra Kumari.


The district is divided into five tehsils, Banda, Naraini, Baberu and Atarra,Pailani


Folk-songs and folk-dances

The seasonal folk songs commonly sung in the villages are Hori or Phag during spring. Malhar and Kajri in the rainy season. Women have their own songs for special occasions such as sohar (sung on the occasion of the birth of a child ) or Mangla geet (gari) during marriage ceremony. Bhajan-Kirtan in a chorus accompanied with musical is very much liked by inhabitants of the district. alha which is sung in the praise of Alha and Udal, the most popular heroes of this region, is also the most popular song of the district during rainy season.

A number of open air performances, combining the rural style of folk music and dancing with some national theme are a regular feature of rural life in the district. Nautanki and dramas based on mythology are often staged and attract large gatherings, particularly in the villages.

There are a number of fairs/melas organized at the different places and Utsavs :

  • Jama mosque
  • Bhuragarh fair
  • Nawab Tank fair
  • Chilla fair
  • Bilgav fair
  • Kalinjar fair
  • Khatri Pahar fair
  • Tihramafi fair
  • Simauni Fair
  • Maheshwari devi Temple
  • Gadariya Fair
  • Bamdeveshwar Temple
  • Bhuiyarani Fair
  • Pachkauri Naga Temple
  • Maa durga mela in Budhauli Region (9th day of every Navrat)
  • Diwari dance
  • Jogani Mata Mandir fair (AUGASI)

Kalinjar Mahotsava: Every Year Banda-District celebrates week long Kalinjar Mahotasava to promote Kalinjar Fort's Heritage & Tourism. Kalinjar Mahotsava includes many Cultural and Social activities.


Road transport

The available multiple modes of public transport in the city are taxis, cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws. National Highway 76 (India) passes through Banda which connects it to Jhansi and Allahabad. State Highway 92, connects banda to Fatehpur. state highway 76 connects to allahabad. National Highway 86 connects to kanpur. Apart from the long distance services, there are many services to nearby places within the state. There are number of daily buses to kanpur, Allahabad, Delhi, Sagar, Lucknow, Jhansi, Khajuraho, in uttar pradesh and to many others state. You can also reached Kanpur by road Bara Galauli, Pailani Road.


Banda is served by Banda railway station, a Category A station, under the Jhansi railway division of the North Central Railway Zone.[13] It is well connected by trains with all major cities namely Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Bhopal, Bilaspur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Raipur, Varanasi, Agra. The city is well connected to Kanpur, Allahabad, Jhansi, and other neighbouring cities.

Banda city Railway Station, Uttar Pradesh
Railway Station

banda station stop


Local channels

There are numerous local channels in Banda. Most of them show movies throughout the day and then news and educational programs in evening. All the channels are run by local cable operators.


Several daily newspapers in Hindi and Urdu are published in the city. Among the Hindi papers are Jansandesh Times" "Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala, Dainik Hindustan, Rashtriya Sahara, Jansatta, and Karmyug Swatantra Bharat.


Yes there is 1 radio station in Banda and also broadcasts from radio stations in other cities are received.


The city has broadband internet connectivity and video conferencing facilities. Major companies like BSNL, Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Tata Communications & STPI, have a wide infrastructure to provide broadband Internet bandwidth. 3G Internet connectivity is also available through various service providers.

People associated with Banda

Places of interest

Kalinjar Fort

The most famous place to visit from the city is ancient Kalinjer Fort which is located south of Banda and is mentioned in the Mahabharata.

There is also a temple on the top of the hill called Khatri Pahar at Shydha, which is located approximately 24 km from the city. The temple is dedicated to goddess Angleshwari.[14]

Temple at Khatri Pahar
Temple at Khatri Pahar
Bhuragarh Fort
Across the river Ken there are ruins of Bhuragarh Fort, said to be built with brown stones by Raja Guman Singh in the 17th century. This place was important during the freedom struggle. A mela is organised in this place called ‘Natbali Ka Mela’.
Bhuragarh fort front
Bhuragarh fort
Bhuragrah Fort is situated at the bank of the Ken river. Seeing the sunset from the fort is a beautiful experience. The historical importance of Bhuragarh Fort is related to Bundela reign and Hridaya Shah and Jagat Rai, sons of Maharaja Chattrasal. Kirat Singh, son of Jagat Rai, repaired Bhuragarh Fort in 1746 A.D. None Arjun Singh was the caretaker of the fort.

In 1787 A.D., Nawab Ali Bahudur I started looking after the Banda domain. He fought a war against None Arjun Singh in 1792 A.D. Then it came under the Nawab's rule for some time but Rajaram Dauwa and Laxman Dauwa won it again from the Nawabs. After the death of None Arjun Singh, Nawab Ali Bahudar took the control of Bhuragarh Fort. The Nawab died in 1802 A.D. and Gaurihar Maharaj took the administration after him.

The Great Freedom Struggle against the British Empire started on 14 June 1857. It was led by Nawab Ali Bahadur II in Banda. This struggle was much fiercer than expected and revolutionaries from Allahbad, Kanpur and Bihar joined the Nawab in fighting the British. On 15 June 1857, revolutionaries killed Joint Magistrate Cockrail. On 16 April 1858, Whitluck arrived in Banda and fought against the revolutionary army of Banda. About 3000 revolutionaries were killed in the fort during this war. Nuts (one who performs acrobatic feats) from Sarbai sacrificed their lives in this war. Their graves are found inside the fort. Graves of many revolutionaries are found around the fort.

Bamdeveshwar Temple & Mount
Bamdeveshwar Temple at Banda city
Bamdeveshwar temple
The temple is said to derive its name from Bamdeo Rishi, a sage mentioned in Hindu mythology as a contemporary of Lord Rama. Bamdeo is said to have had his hermitage at the foot of a hill. There is one big and oldest Shivling is situated in the temple in the kho of Bambeshar Pahar.
Maheshwari Devi temple
Maheshwari Devi Temple
Maheshwari Devi Temple
This temple is situated at the middle place of the Banda city. There are many murtis of Devis and Devatas in the temple.
Nawab Tank
Nawab tank, which was built to fulfill the water needs in Banda, is situated about 3 km south of Banda. This tank was built by the Nawab of Banda, and therefore it is known as the Nawab Tank.

[Gudha ke Hanuman ji ka Mandir], this temple is situated in Gudha kalan and is about 40 km from banda.

[Sankat Mochan Mandir], this temple is situated in Kachehari Road.

Jama mosque
jama mosque
one of the oldest mosques in the city.
Yellow church
St. George's Church (YELLOW CHURCH)
Yellow Church, established in 1835 A.D. is the most famous and oldest church of Banda. Rather some records have been found that proved that Christianity was in Banda before 1809 A.D. but Yellow Church is best the symbol of British architecture and religion.
Yellow Church was built by Churches of India (CNI) for regular prayers of Catholic Englishmen and their families living in Banda during early British Period.
From last 170 years, Window Pans which was then imported from Belgium have not been replaced.
During 1857 revolt, no damage was made to the Church. It stands just as it is as it was.
The roof garders of this Church is made up English Cast Iron.
The Rust free 170 years old Windowsw Speaks the tale of fine English metallurgical talent.
The Church is built in Typical Italian Style with Conical Tops and Tall Windows.
Inside the Campus there are three graves of Norwegia. LbbbbNatives of this Church.


  • Banda University of Agriculture and Technology is an agricultural university at Banda.
  • Government Medical College, Banda is a state medical college in Banda.
  • [KCNIT Kali Charan Nigam Institute of technology] is 3 km apart from banda city.
  • [Pt.j n PG college], is in main city banda.
  • [Banda university of Agriculture and technology] is near about circuit house.
  • [Gvot Engineering college], formerly Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Engineering college of Information in Atarra city and 29 km apart from banda city.
  • [Banda Paramedical college], Charity Hospital Kotwali Road, Banda.

Saraswati Vidya Mandir Inter College & Government Inter College is one of the best inter collge in this city.


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