About Lakhimpur – Kheri District :
Lakhimpur Kheri, is a district of Uttar Pradesh in the Lucknow division. It is located in India along the border with Nepal. The headquarters of the District are situated in the city of Lakhimpur. This district is a part of Lucknow division and is the largest district in terms of area in the state (Total Area = 7680 sqr km). According to Government of India, the district Lakhimpur Kheri is one of the Minority Concentrated District in India on the basis of the 2001 census data on population, socio-economic indicators and basic amenities indicators. It is famous for Dudhwa National Park, the only national park in Uttar Pradesh. It is home to a large number of rare and endangered species including tiger, leopard, swamp deer, hispid hare, Bengal florican, etc.. Being a Terai district it is rich in natural resources with lush green scenery and many rivers. It is ranked at number 422 following Srinagar and Pilibhit in the Rank of Cities on Sanitation 2009-2010 with a rating of 16.968 points for sanitation, as per a study conducted by ministry of urban development.
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Tourist Places :
Shiv Temple Gola Gokaran Nath (35 km from Lakhimpur enroute to Shahjahanpur)
It is the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Gola Gokaran Nath is also called by the name “CHOTTI KASHI” It is the belief of the people that Loard Shiva pleased with the penance (Tapasya) of Rawana (King of Lanka) and offered for a boon.
Rawana requested the Lord Shiva to go to Lanka with him and leave Himalya forever. The Lord Shiva agreed to go with a condition that he should not be placed anywhere on the way to Lanka, if he will be placed anywhere, he will be settled at that place. Rawana agreed and started his journey to Lanka with the Lord on his head. When Rawana reached the Gola Gokaran Nath ( Gollihara of that time) he felt the need of urinate ( A call of nature). Rawana offered some gold coins to a shepherd for placing the Lord Shiva on his head till he returns. The shepherd could not bear the load and he placed him on the land. Rawana failed to lift him up by all his efforts. He pressed him on his head with his thumb in full anger. The impression of Rawana’s Thumb is still present on the Shivling.