About 69 km from Allahabad, in Kaushambi district of U.P., India
How to reach
Can be accessed by road via Allahabad-Kanpur-Daranagar road
Nearest railway station is Sirathu (NER), from where Kara is 5 km on Daranagar route
Kara, situated on the right bank of River Ganges, was one of the nine holiest shrines in ancient India. It is generally believed that after the immolation of Sati (wife of Lord Shiva), her hand/bracelet (Kara) fell down at this place, hence the name Kara. It was the provincial capital of Mughals, till 1575 When Akbar established Allahabad as the main base in this region; this place lost its political importance. Ibn-e-batuta visited this place in 1340 and described it as an important Hindu religious centre. The major attractions of Kara are-
Khwaja Karakshah Mausoleum :
(Timings: 5:30am-8:30pm) Located about 3 km before Kara, the oldest building of the area, is the mausoleum of Muslim saint Karbullah Shah, popularly known as Karak Shah. Inscriptions on the building walls in Arabic suggest that he died in 1309 here and another inscription written in Persian suggests that the building was renovated in 1488. An Urs, held in winters every year, is attended by thousands of people of all religion and sects. Thursday is considered special day to visit. Another mausoleum in the campus is of Sayyad Kutubuddin who came here along with the forces of Mohammad Gauri. This mausoleum is preferably visited by women, who believe that they will be blessed with motherhood with the blessings of the Saint. The compound also houses some other mausoleums.
Maluk Das Ki Samadhi :
He was born in Kara. Almost in the centre of Kara, is situated the Samadhi of saint Maluk Das, who died in 1682. It is believed that he possessed divine powers.
Sheetala Mata Temple (Sheetala Dham):
The place derived its name because of this holy temple. The temple of Kara Devi (Sheetala Devi) is situated on the bank of River Ganges. Temple Opens from 5am-12noon & 12:30-9pm. Monday and Friday are considered special days. Amavasya (New moon day), Purnima (Full moon day), Kartik purnima, both Navratries, Sheeta Ashtami of Asarh month & Shravan month are considered auspicious when people visit the temple in large number.
Hanuman Temple :
(Timings: 5am-12noon, 12:30pm-9pm) also exists inside Sheetala Dham, while Kshetrapal Bhairav temple is near Sheeta Devi Temple
Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple:
(Timings: 5am-8pm) popularly known as Nagbaba ka Akhada (8 km from Kara)
Shivala Maharshi Ashram :
(6 Km from Kara), mounds of Jaichandra Fort & Jama Mosque are some of the places / buildings located in and around Kara.