Parikshitgarh Location in Uttar Pradesh, India Coordinates: 28°59′N 77°56′ECoordinates: 28°59′N 77°56′E
State Uttar Pradesh
• Total 17,399
• Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Parikshitgarh (Hindi: परीक्षितगढ़, Urdu: پریکشت گڑھ) is a town and a nagar panchayat in Meerut district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Contents
• 1 Demographics • 2 Geography • 3 History • 4 Mythology • 5 Monuments • 6 Notable Residents • 7 References Demographics As of 2001 India census, Parikshitgarh had a population of 17,399. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Parikshitgarh has an average literacy rate of 59%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 68%, and female literacy is 49%. In Parikshitgarh, 17% of the population is under 6 years of age. Geography There are many villages near Parikshit Garh. Behlolpur, Dabathala, Badhla, Edmadpur are some villages famous for their education level, employment and agriculture with prosperity. There are main crop like sugarcane, wheat, etc. Parikshit Garh area is covered by Pandits, Jatts, Tyagis, Gurjar, Muslims. History The Kila Parikishatgarh is ascribed to a Gurjar King Nain Singh. The town is located on a hillock, which was the ancient fort built by Parikshit. Excavations have yielded pots of coins and pottery pieces, validating the antiquity of the place. The ashram of Rishi Shringi, that great medicine-man and facilitator to the birth of the sons of the infertile King Dashrath, also lies nearby, re-affirming the mythological origins of the town of Parikshitgarh. Thus the fort was built by Parikshit and restored by Gurjar King Nain Singh in the eighteenth century. The fort was dismantled in 1857, to be used as a police station. Mythology This town in the past was the capital of King Parikshit, the grandson of Arjuna who ascended the throne of Hastinapur after the Pandavas decided to renounce the kingship. Raja Parikshit, due to a transient malfunctioning of his thinking process, incurred the wrath of 'samadhi-sthit' Sage Shamik by his stupid action of garlanding the sage with a dead serpent. He was accordingly cursed by the saint to die by snake bite. After his ordained death at the fangs of Takshak Naga, his son Janmejaya became King and held a great sacrifice to annihilate the Nagas out of the passionate feelings of revenge. Monuments There are some famous monuments in the town. • Gandhar - A pond or "Talab" which is believed to be the bathing place of Gandhari. • Navaldeh Koop - A well the water of which is believed to cure skin deceases. • Maharaj Shringi Rishi Aashram - An ancient Aasharm which is in the outskirts of town on the way to village Badhla.