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History of Faridabad

History of Faridabad:

Faridabad has been named in AD 1707 by Sheikh Farid, the treasurer of Jahangir with the objective of protecting the highway passing through the ancient tripath city. Sheikh Farid built a fort, a tank and a mosque, here.
Old name of Faridabad is Tilpath (Tilprastha).
Ancient Tilprastha, also known as Tilpat, was a historical city located in present-day Haryana, India. Its history dates back to ancient times, with archaeological evidence suggesting human habitation in the area as far back as the prehistoric period. The city gained prominence during the Mauryan and Gupta empires, serving as a vital trade and cultural center along major trade routes.

Tilprastha’s strategic location near the Yamuna River contributed to its growth as a trading hub, connecting different regions of the Indian subcontinent. The city saw periods of prosperity under various rulers, including the Mauryas, Guptas, and later medieval dynasties. Its archaeological remains, such as ancient coins, pottery, and artifacts, reveal its significance in commerce and culture.
Over time, the city’s prominence waned due to shifts in trade routes and changing political dynamics. As trade routes shifted, nearby cities gained more prominence, leading to the decline of Tilprastha’s importance. Eventually, the city’s historical significance faded into obscurity.
Today, Tilpat stands as a reminder of its ancient past, with archaeological excavations shedding light on its historical significance. The ruins and artifacts found in the area offer insights into the city’s role in shaping the region’s history, trade, and culture during ancient times.
Tilpath is one of five villages demanded by Krishna for Pandav in Mahabharata. Brahmins are the majority and the largest zamindars (most lands belong to them), and other castes like Jats and Gurjars are in minority.
The majority brahmin population, had frequently revolted against mughals and had been consistent cause of worry for mughal empire, as their convoys were frequently attacked and looted by them.
Mughal kings were scared to venture in the area beyond Tilpat, Palwal and mathura and therefore were unable to cause any major harm to ancient temples of mathura.
In the year 1600, during the reign of Aurangjeb, Faridabad was called Tilpat Garhi.
Lord Krishna had proposed  five villages for Pandavas to avert a disastrous war, Krishna opined that if Hastinapur gives these five villages namely Indraprastha now Delhi, , Swarnprastha now Sonipat, Panprastha now Panipat, Vyaghrprastha now Bhagpat and Tilprastha now Faridabad, if these five villages were given to pandavas then
then Pandavas would not lay their claim on hastinapur empire. However Duryodhana refused & stated that he would not part even an inch of land. Thus a stage was set for Mahabharata war.

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