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Ballia District

Ballia is a city with a municipal board in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh bordering Bihar. The eastern boundary of the city lies at the junction of two major rivers, the Ganges and the Ghaghara. The city is situated 140 km (87 mi) from Varanasi. Bhojpuri, a dialect of Hindi, is the primary local language.

The headquarters of the Ballia district are located here. Due to its significant contribution to the Indian independence movement, Ballia is also known as Bagi Ballia ("Rebel Ballia").

History

Ballia is considered to be an ancient city.[citation needed] Legend has it that many saints and sages of India had their ashrams in Ballia, including Valmiki, Bhrigu, Durvasa, Parashara Muni, and Jamadagni. Ballia was a part of the Kosala Kingdom in ancient times and came under Buddhist influence later. The district was earlier part of the Ghazipur district, but later it was established as an independent district. Ballia. It is also known that Raja Bali was the king of that area and Ballia is renamed after this King, who is famous for his charity.

Geography

Ballia is located at 25°27′N 84°06′E.The eastern boundary of the city lies at the confluence of the Ganges, and the Ghaghara and the fairgrounds are at this point. Surha tal is a lake in Ballia, which has an area of 34.32 km2