Mau district
Statue of Thakur Barisan Dev in Mau
Statue of Thakur Barisan Dev in Mau
Location of Mau district in Uttar Pradesh
Location of Mau district in Uttar Pradesh
Country India
StateUttar Pradesh
TehsilsMau Ghosi
 • Lok Sabha constituenciesGhosi
 • Vidhan Sabha constituenciesGhosi , Madhuban, Maunath Bhanjan (Sadar), Muhammadabad-Gohna Assembly constituency
 • Total1,713 km2 (661 sq mi)
 • Total2,205,968
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
 • Literacy80.16 per cent
 • Sex ratio978
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
Major highwaysNH-24

Mau district is one of the districts of Uttar Pradesh state of India, and Mau town is the district headquarters which is also one of the few remaining areas of handloom saree production in eastern Uttar Pradesh, specializing in Sadiya silk sarees.[1] Mau was carved out as a separate district from Azamgarh on 19 November 1988. It is situated in the south-eastern part of the state with headquarters in Maunath Bhanjan. The district is surrounded by Ghazipur district on the south, Ballia district in the east, Azamgarh district in the west, and by Gorakhpur and Deoria districts on the north; says, Pallavi mishra.


From historical and archaeological point of views, Mau is one of the oldest place in the region. Ancient cultural and archaeological remains have been found at multiple places in the area giving enough evidence of long history of human habitat in the area. The known archaeological history of Mau is about 1500 years old, when the entire area was covered under thick dense forest. The Nats who used to live along Tamsa river, are considered to be the oldest inhabitants and the ruler of the area.[2]

As per the records on official webpage of the district, in 1028 A.D. King Syed Shalar Masood Ghazi came with a huge army to conquer the area but he went back to Afghanistan, leaving few of his people in the area. A sufi saint Baba Malik Tahir and his brother Malik Qasim were part of the remaining group. There are places like Malik Tahir Pura and Qasim Pura in the name of these two saints in Mau city. The tomb of Malik Tahir is also present in Malik Tahir Pura and locally known as Mazaar Malik Tahir Baba.[3]

Around 1540–1545, Sher Shah Suri, the emperor who defeated Humayun, during his reign visited Kolhuvavan (Madhuban) to meet the great Sufi saint Syed Ahmad Wadva.[4] Mahvani, one of the daughters of Sher Shah had settled permanently near the dargah of Syed Wadva. The area also finds place in the historical book of Ziyaudeen Barni with a description that the great Mughal emperor Akbar passed through Mau on his way to Allahabad. At that time, labourer and artisans originally belonging to Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey, who had come with Mughal army settled here permanently. These artisans integrated into the society over a period of time but they kept their art alive and despite a gradual demise of the handloom industry in the eastern Uttar Pradesh, the saree industry of Mau still remains the last bastion of handicraft in the area otherwise an industrially thriving region till the end of last century. It is also believed that one of Akbar's daughters, Jahan Aara had also settled in that area where she built a mosque. The original structure of the mosque is not surviving anymore but place is known as Shahi Qatra and there is a Shahi Mosque in that locality reminding of its past glory.[5]

During the Indian freedom struggle, the people of Mau had given full support to the movement, and Mahatma Gandhi had also made a visit to Doharighat region of the district in 1939.[3]

In 1932, Azamgarh was made independent district, Mau region was a part of it until 1988 when the current area of Mau district was carved out of Azamgarh to make a separate district and on 19 November 1988, Mau became a separate district in which the then Union Minister of State of India (Power) Kalpnath Rai played a pivotal role. He is also credited to start an array of developmental activities in the city including new Railway Station and a stadium.[6]

In popular culture

A Passage to India is a 1924 novel by English author E. M. Forster set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Indian independence movement in the 1920s. The novel was adapted in a film with same title in 1984. One of the protagonists, Aziz moved to Mau where he met a school master Cyril Fielding.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.

According to the 2011 census Mau Nath Bhanjan district has a population of 2,205,968, in which male and female were 1,114,888 and 1,090,782 respectively. In 2001 census, Mau had a population of 1,853,997, in which males were 933,523 and remaining 920,474 were females.[8] roughly equal to the nation of Latvia[9] or the US state of New Mexico.[10] This gives it a ranking of 206th in India (out of a total of 640).[8] The district has a population density of 1,287 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,330/sq mi) .[8] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 80.94%.[8] Mau has a sex ratio of 978 females for every 1000 males,[8] and a literacy rate of 75.16%. 22.63% of the population lives in urban areas. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes made up 21.51% and 1.04% of the population respectively.[8]

Religions in Mau district (2011)[11]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated

Mau district has a Hindu-majority population with a significant Muslim minority. Hindus are over 90% in rural areas, while Muslims are majority in urban areas.[11]

Languages in Mau district (2011)[12]

  Bhojpuri (53.29%)
  Hindi (33.11%)
  Urdu (13.51%)
  Others (0.09%)

At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 53.29% of the population in the district spoke Bhojpuri, 33.11% Hindi and 13.51% Urdu as their first language.[12] Bhojpuri is the native language of the district. The Bhojpuri variant of Kaithi is the indigenous script of Bhojpuri language.[13]

Notable people

Armed Forces



Here was Grate political leader Lt. Shri Kalpnath Rai. He was the Creator of Mau District in 1988.



  1. ^ Sadiya Silk Saree [1] [2]
  2. ^ "History | District Mau, Uttar Pradesh Government | India". Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b "History | District Mau, Uttar Pradesh Government | India".
  4. ^ "Sufi saint's abode now Uttar Pradesh don's den". The Times of India. 10 February 2012. Archived from the original on 13 September 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Sufi saint's abode now don's den | Lucknow News - Times of India".
  6. ^ Kumar, Vinay (10 February 2012). "In Mau, a complex tapestry of caste and religion". The Hindu.
  7. ^ Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  8. ^ a b c d e f "District Census Handbook: Mau" (PDF). Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  9. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2011. Latvia 2,204,708 July 2011 est.
  10. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 18 November 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011. New Mexico – 2,059,179
  11. ^ a b "Table C-01 Population by Religion: Uttar Pradesh". Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Table C-16 Population by Mother Tongue: Uttar Pradesh". Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
  13. ^ Grierson, George Abraham (1881). A handbook to the Kayathi character. The Library of Congress. Calcutta, Thacker, Spink, and co.

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