The city of Rudrapur was founded by Rudra Chand (r. 1565-1597), a king
of Chand dynasty, which ruled over the Kumaon kingdom in 16th century.
According to a folktale, when King Rudra was passing through, his
chariot got stuck in marshy land, so he decided to build a temple and
well at that place. The present Atariya temple is the same, at a
distance of 2 km from the bus stand and half a kilometre away from the
Rudrapur Haldwani motor route.
Every year on the occasion of Navratra a large fair is held here and
thousands of devotees come to seek the blessing of Goddess Atariya. The
fair is held for 10 days.
Modern day Rudrapur was established in 1960, as a refugee camp for
people coming from Burma, Bangaladesh, West Punjab (in current Pakistan)
during the partition. Refugees were settled here by then Chief Minister
Bharat Ratna Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant . The administration alloted
small pieces of land to refugee families to make it fit for farming and
It is now a small and beautiful town with all basic modern facilities.
In vicinity of Nainital, this is the most prosperous town of Uttarakhand.
Rudrapur is an agriculture prime area with at least 70% of the
population relying on farming and related business for livelihood.
Rudrapur is also famous for its premium quality rice.
Many new industries are now rushing in to setup business at SIDCUL
Industrial Estate established at Pantnagar in the vicinity of Rudrapur.
With industries to the likes of Dabur, Delta, Bajaj Auto, Britannia,
Nestle, Ashok Leyland, Zhandu Pharma and Tata Motors setting up base
here, Rudrapur is set to become an industrial hub. <more>
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