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Charkhi Dadri is a district located in southern Haryana 110 kilometres (68 mi) from the national capital of New Delhi. Folklore claims that the name "Dadri" is derived from a lake called Dadar. According to another anecdote, the place had a lake which was full of dadur (Sanskrit: frog) from which it took its current name. It is said that one day Dada Bilhan Singh, a descendant of Prithviraj Chauhan, came to this area and saw a cow and lion drinking water side by side. Intrigued by the sight, he went to a nearby cottage where a Mahatma named Swami Dayal lived. Bilhan Singh asked for the Mahatma's blessings and advice and was told that if he made the place his home, his family would be blessed and would rule over it in the future. In the past, Dadri was also a district or pargana and a state or riyasat.

Charkhi Dadri is the main market for all nearby villages and has its own food and grain markets and one FCI godown. People of many gotras live in Charkhi Dadri, the major ones being Bansal, Goyal, Janghu, Jangra, Lor, Phogat, Prajapati, Rana, Saini, Sangwan, Sheoran. Charkhi Dadri has given many seasoned politicians and statesman to the state. Chandrawati, Ganpat Rai - Ex-MLA, Hargain Singh Gochwal, Hukam Singh (master) - late Ex Chief Minister, Kripa Ram Phogat (late) - head of first labor union of Delhi Transport corporation, Ram Kishan Gupta (late) - Ex-MP and educationalist, are a few prominent names which made their mark on national map of politics and social Works. It has many shopping institutions such as main market and hira chowk. Various motor vehicle showroom like bajaj, chevrolet, hero, honda, mahindra and tvs are present here. It makes Charkhi Dadri a big market for shopping.

History

During Raj times, Ch. Dadri was an established tehsil, an area of 575sq miles. It was confiscated from rebellious Nawab and awarded to Raja Sarup Singh of Jind for his services to EIC in 1857 war. In 1864, some fifty villages revolted against the new ruler but the rebellion was crushed with iron hand. Three principle villages who took part in rebellion, Charkhi, Mankinas and Jhanjhu were burnt down.

Places to see

Charkhi Dadri is a small but busy town with a good market. Both branded and non-branded goods are available for shopping. There are many temples worth seeing in Charkhi Dadri like Rest House temple, Hanuman Temple Keekar Vasni, Rangeela Hanuman Mandir, Baala Waala Johar, Kapoori Pahadi (Shiv Temple) and Shri Guru Nanak Satsang Sabha (Subhash Chowk). Charkhi Dadri is connected by Road and Rail to Delhi. At distance of 6km from Charkhi Dadri, Kapoori ki Pahadi is a small hill famous for its Shiva Temple and Nath sect Ashram