Located in Uttar Pradesh, Muzaffarnagar is known for its temples and other places of religious interest. The city was established during the Mughal period by a Sayyid Jagirdar and christened in honour of his father, Muzaffar Ali Khan. Strategically located on the highway connecting Delhi to Dehra Dun the town is fast growing into a major city close on the heels of Noida.
The earliest evidence of settlement in this region goes back to the times of the Harappan Civilisation. It also finds mention in Mahabharata and according to local legend, the epic war was fought in the fields of the present village of 'Pachenda' and the army camps of both sides were located at sites which are now famous as 'Kaurawali' (Kaurava camp) and 'Pandavli' (Pandava camp). In fact, Muzaffarnagar is located close to Hastinapur and Kurukshetra, both places closely associated with the great war epic. The town regained prominence during the Mughal rule when Sayyid Jagirdar established the town and named it after his father.
A bustling city today, Muzafarnagar is giving a stiff competition to Noida and Meerut and is emerging as a major hub for investment in the real estate and other industries. It is also well known for its Bhairo Temple that attracts millions of devotees especially during the festive period.
Tourist places in and around Muzafarnagar
As said above, the main attraction of the town is Bhairo ka mandir. While here the devotees also take time out to visit other temples and religious sites such as Ganeshdham, Durga Dham, Hanuman Dham and Kali-Nadi Mandir. Some of the more popular temples are located on Shiv Chowk, a few miles from the town. The chowk also houses the Akshya Vat Vriksh, an ancient tree which is considered holy by the Hindus. The city is also home to Dargah Har Shrinath, the tomb of a famous sufi saint. Then there is Sankirtan Bhawan, where kirtan is held every evening.
Vahelna, a scenic village near Muzaffarnagar, is home to Shri 1008 Parshvnath Digamber Jain Atishye Chetra commonly known as Vahelna Jain Mandir. It is a major historical and pilgrimage centre in north India.
Apart from the religious sites, Muzaffarnagar is home to several museums and educational institutions including zoology museum and Government Educational Museum. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can seek some quiet moments at the Kamla Nehru Vatika.
You can also visit Shukratal, a religious site where according to legend, Rishi Suka narrated the Bhagwat Purana to Parikshit Maharaj for 7 days after which he was bitten to death.
Muzaffarnagar enjoys mild and pleasant climate from November to April and, so this is the best time to visit the city. However, the religious sites and temples attract visitors the year round.
How to reach Muzaffarnagar
Muzaffarnagar can be reached via air,rail and road.