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Hathras (Hindi: हाथरस, Urdu: ہاتھرس) is a city and a municipal board in Hathras district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the headquarters of the Hathras district.

The Hathras district, formerly known as Mahamaya Nagar, was created in 1997 by incorporating parts of the Aligarh, Mathura and Agra districts. It was given the alternative name Hathras district shortly after.

Hathras lies within the Brij region, associated with the epic Mahabharata and Hindu mythology. The principal spoken language is Hindi, whose dialect Brijbhasha is spoken in this region.

Hathras was an industrial hub during the British Raj. Cotton milling, knives, asafoetida and Desi Ghee products were the main industries. The last two continue to thrive, and Hathras is now also notable for carpets color industries and brass and silver handicraft items,and daal mills

Famous residents have included the popular Hindi poet, musician and painter Kaka Hathrasi.


HATHRAS, a town of British India, in the Aligarh district of the United Provinces, 29 m. N. of Agra. Pop. (1901), 42,578. At the end of the 18th century it was held by a Jat chieftain, whose ruined fort still stands at the east end of the town(Known as Quila, also broad gauge railway station: Quila Station), and was annexed by the British in 1803, but insubordination on the part of the chief necessitated the siege of the fort in 1817. Since it came under British rule, Hathras has rapidly risen to commercial importance, and now ranks second to Kanpur among the trading centres of the Doab. The chief articles of commerce are sugar and grain, there are also factories for ginning and pressing cotton, and a cotton spinning-mill. Hathras is connected by a light railway with Mathura, and by a branch with Hathras junction, on the East Indian main line. Hathras famous for its color industries




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