Activities in Kashipur
Jungle Safari: Corbett National Park is situated just 27 kms from Kashipur. Thousands of tourists every year come to Jim Corbett Park to indulge in wildlife safari, bird watching, elephant safari and to spot animals like elephants, deer, leopards, crocodiles, langurs to name a few.
Heritage Walk: The town Kashipur has many religious and mythological connotations especially from Mahabharata. One can visit the temples, gurudwara and architectures constructed some centuries ago by the ruling dynasties.
Fairs and Festivals in Kashipur
The Chaiti Mela in Kashipur is celebrated with great thrill by the locals. The fair draws the attention of thousands of pilgrims and devotees, who visit this place from far-flung villages to become a part of the festivity.
History of Kashipur
During the early Vedic period, Kashipur was hailed as 'Ujjaini 'and river Dehla was known as ‘Swarnbhadra’. In 606-647 A.D., during the reign of King Harsha, Kashipur was referred to as Govishan or Govisana. The famous Chinese traveller and explorer Hueing Tsang had visited Kashipur around 631-641 A.D. The ruins of the human settlements are still found here as Kashipur was believed to be a trading hub for clothes and metal vessels. The city was named Kashipur after Kashi Nath Adhikari, who was the founder and governor of the pargana, one of the officers of Chand Kings of Kumaon in 16-17 century.
When ASI excavated the region in 1971, they found an idol of asthdhatu of Tri Vikram which is now at the Museum of Delhi. Later in the year 2003, ASI again did mining here and found the ruins of the four civilizations. During the mining held at Chaiti Chauraha, a broken Stupa was also found. It is believed that Buddha used to enlighten his followers by his preaching at Kashipur and the Buddhists believe that his hair and nails are kept here. Also, one of the vital excavated sites, the Drona Sagar was also found here which is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
This place is occupied partially by a pond which is in turn surrounded by temples of several deities. At one point of time there were as many as 32 temples surrounding the pond. This place was visited by Swami Dayanand, the founder of Arya Samaj who even stayed there for some time.
Mythology of Kashipur
The Hindus believe that Kashipur, the oldest town in the Tarai region existed during the period of Ramayana and was known as Kashyap Ashram. Ujjaini Tanda, a small settlement outside the town is believed to be the site of Ujjainak Teerth, which has also been cited in the Puranas. According to a local legend, when Shravan Kumar, the dutiful son was carrying his blind parents for a pilgrimage in a basket tied to his shoulders, he stayed at Kashipur for some time.
It is said that Kashipur was also the the meditation grounds of Guru Dronacharya during the period of Mahabharata. In Harsha’s rule, the city was the centre of Buddhist civilization and culture. Also, the great poet and philosopher, Sant Tulsidas spent Chaturmasa (4 months of the rainy season) here, during his pilgrimage. Kashipur was also believed to be the capital of Guru Dronacharya and the birthplace of Ashvasthama, the mythological character from Mahabharata.
According to the Skand Puran, the water here at Drona Sagar as holy and sacred as the Ganga. It was considered a very sacred spot after Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath.