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Jajmau is a must visit tourist attraction in Kanpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh


Location: Located on the Eastern end of the town
Ideal Time to Visit: Anytime round the year
Attraction: Excavations
How to Reach: Hire a cab or Auto from the hotel or take a rickshaw if you happen to stay in the vicinity

The mound of Jajmau that is also called Jajmau is one of the most important and the most visited tourist destination in Kanpur. In fact, the mound of Jajmau is considered an important excavation sine in not only Uttar Pradesh but also in India. The mound of Jajmau that is located on the eastern end of Kanpur occupies a high place among ancient cities of the region. Excavations of the mound were undertaken during 1957-58 that unearthed antiquities ranging from 700 BC to 1600 AD. These excavations resulted in unearthing various items that throw a light on the life and times of later Vedic period and beyond. Items that have been excavated include potteries, utensils and busts among others.

Jajmau has a generous mention in Hindu mythologies too. The place has been mentioned numerous times in Puranas and Kands. Jajmau is mentioned as Siddhapuri in ancient times. It is widely believed that it was the kingdom of Yayati, the Pauranic king who was famous for his valor and wit. It is also believed that the high mound overhanging the Ganges was the site of his fort.

Jajmau of today houses the Siddhnath and Siddha Devi temples and the mausoleum of Makhdoom Shah Ala-ul-Haq. Makhdoom Shah was a famous Sufi saint and the champion of secularism. Feroze Shah Tughlaq built the tomb of this famous Sufi saint in the year 1358. A mosque built by Kulich Khan in 1679 AD also stands here.