History of Etah city

Etah is a municipality town which is also the district headquarters of Etah district of Uttar Pradesh state, India. It is situated at the midpoint of Kanpur-Delhi Highway and is known historically for being a centre of the Revolt of 1857. In ancient times Etah city because of the people of the Yadav community who were very aggressive was known as the “Aintha" which means 'to respond aggressively'. According to an ancient story it was when the king of Awagarh went hunting in the forest along with his 2 dogs. The dogs saw a fox and started barking and chasing it. The fox kept on running away trying to protect itself from the king's dogs but when it reached Etah, the fox responded very aggressively to the king's dogs. The King was surprised by the behavioural change in the fox. So, he thought that this place must have something which made the fleeing fox change attitude. Therefore, the place was called Aintha, which later was mispronounced as Etah.

Another story narrates that the old name of Etah as 'Einta' that was due to a person lost here. In search of water, he dug into the land and his shoe struck a brick (eint) which lead to the name Einta and later this word changed to Etah.

Etah is famous for its Yagyashala that is located at Gurukul Vidyalaya. The Yagyashala is considered to be world's second largest Yagyashala. Apart from this, there is a historical fort which was built by the king of Awagarh. Along with this, Amir Khusro was born in Patiyali, Etah and is considered as one of the best poets of Urdu.