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India officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second most populous country, and the most populous liberal democracy in the world. India is a union of twenty-eight states and seven federally governed union territories. New Delhi is the capital of India.
Kanauj is one of the famous cities in India. Kannauj sometimes improperly spelt Kanauj, is an ancient city lying in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the administrative headquarters of Kannauj District. The town was in earlier times the capital of a great Hindu kingdom. Its population in 2001 was 71,530. The name Kannauj is traditionally held to be derived from the term Kanyakubja. It has given its name to a distinct dialect of the Hindi language known as Kanauji. Kannauj is known for the distilling of scents and is a market center for tobacco, perfume, and rose water.
Formerly known as Kanyakubja, the town is known to have been an important center during the Gupta empire. It reached the pinnacle of its glory in the 7th century under Harsha as the capital and cultural center of the empire he built. Harsha however was greatly weakened after being defeated by the Chalukya emperor Pulakesin II; his empire fell apart soon after his death. Kannauj recovered some of its former prosperity under the Gahadvalas, but the respite was brief, for the city was sacked again in 1194 by Mohammed of Ghori, and by the early years of the 13th century it was incorporated into the Delhi Sultanate. Kannauj has never since recovered its importance.
While no historic Hindu structures remain intact, the great mosque, constructed by Ibrahim Shah of Jaunpur in 1406 out of the remains of demolished Hindu temples, is still known to Hindus as Sita's Kitchen. Brahminism in lower Bengal also dates its origin from a migration southwards from this city in the 9th and 10th centuries.

Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Kanauj enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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