Jajmau, a suburb on the outskirts of Kanpur is located on the banks of the holy Ganges is at the vanguard of the city's industries. The town houses some of India's leather industries and tanneries. Formerly known as Siddhapuri, the historically significant town of Jajmau was the erstwhile kingdom of the Pauranic ruler Yayati.

The ancient city of Uttar Pradesh houses several primordial relics of which the mound sited in the city's eastern extremity deserves special mention. Archeological excavations and subsequent research have revealed several antique pieces that include primitive pottery, utensils and busts among others that date as far back as 600 BC to 1600 AD and recount the tale of several bygone eras.

The city is well connected and renowned for its eminent archeological sites. The other noteworthy tourist attractions of Jajmau include the revered sanctums of Siddhnath and Siddha Devi temples and the mausoleum of Makhdum Shah Ala-ul-Haq, the famous Sufi saint, built under the patronage of Firoz Shah Tughlaq and a mosque constructed by Kulich Khan.

Shrouded in ancient Hindu mythology, Jajmau finds adequate mention in the Puranas and the Vedas. Formerly known as Siddhapuri, the ancient epics refer to high mound overlooking the Ganges on top of which emperor Yayati's majestic fort was perched.

A visit to Jajmau, an ancient town bearing traces of urbanity and set in a picturesque milieu is guaranteed to take tourists down memory lane and cast an unforgettable impression on their minds. Jajmau is truly a magnificent treasure trove of ancient Indian history.

Last Updated on 11 September 2012