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native_name = Ballia | type = city | latd = 25.8 | longd = 84.2
locator_position = right | state_name = Uttar Pradesh
district = Ballia
altitude = 159
population_as_of = 2001
population_total = 102,226| population_density =
area_magnitude= sq. km
area_telephone = |(+91-5498)postal_code = |277001vehicle_code_range = |UP 60 sex_ratio =
Bhojpuri: বাল্লিয়া | _hi. बलिया) is a city with a municipal boardin the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The eastern boundary of the city lies at the junction of the Ganges and the Ghaghara. Bhojpuri, a dialect of Hindi, is the primary local language.
Ballia is also known as "Baghi Ballia" (Rebel Ballia) for its significant contribution in India's freedom struggle. During the
Quit India Movementof 1942Ballia gained independence from British rule for a short period of time when the district overthrew the government and installed an independent administration under Chittu Pandey.
Ballia is an ancient city. Many great saints and sages of
Indiahad their ashramsin Ballia, including Valmiki, Bhrigu, Durvasa,and Jamdagni. Ballia was a part of the Kosala Kingdomin ancient times. It also came under the Buddhistinfluence for some time.
Ballia is located at coord|25.45|N|84.10|E|. [ [http://www.fallingrain.com/world/IN/36/Ballia.html Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Ballia] ] The eastern boundary of the city lies at the junction of the Ganges and the Ghaghara.
2001Indian census, [GR|India] Ballia had a population of 102,226. Males constituted 54% of the population and females 46%. It had an average literacy rate of 65%, higher than the national average of 59.5%, with 58% of the males and 42% of females literate. Eleven percent of the population was under six years of age.
An annual fair, the
Dadari-Mela, is celebrated on a fairground at the junction of the the Ganges and the Ghaghara, on the city's eastern boundary.
Ballia is the birth place of
Mangal Pandey, Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Jayaprakash Narayan [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jai_Prakash_Narayan] , Manager Singh(Ex -MLA) (Malviya of Dwaba)1920-1993, Gauri Shankar Rai, late Chandra Shekhar(Ex PM), Chittu Pandeyand the late Ram Nagina Singh(Ex -MP) 1952.
Some other notable figures from the Quit India Movement include
Tarkeshwar Pandeyand Babu Murli Manohar.
The martyrdom of
Kaushal Kishore Singhof Narayangarh is still remembered by the people of the area. He died in police firing while trying to hoist the Congress flag on Bairiya Police Station.
Famous mathematician Dr.Ganesh Prasad was also from Ballia. [Indian Math Society http://www.geocities.com/indianmathsociety/ganeshprasad.htm]
* [http://ballia.nic.in/ Official Website]
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