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Gorakhpur also known as Gorakhshpur is a city along the banks of Rapti river in the eastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, near the Nepal border 273 east of the state capital Lucknow. It is the administrative headquarter of Gorakhpur District and Gorakhpur Division.The city is home to the Gorakshanath Temple (Gorakhnath Math), many historic Buddhist sites which are nearby and the Gita Press, world's largest publisher of Hindu religious texts. Gorakhpur is a religious center containing many historic temples and sites for both Hinduism and Buddhism. It is named after the ascetic Guru Gorakshanath, a saint that popularized "Hath Yoga" a form of yoga which concentrates on mastering natural powers. The Gorakhnath Temple is the place where he gained knowledge is a major tourist attraction in the city.Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana and was cremated in Kushinagar, located near Gorakhpur.

The Gorakhshapitheshwara (Head Priest of Gorakhnath Math) is the cultural Patron of the city. The current M.P from Gorakhpur Shri Yogi Adityanath is the head priest Gorakhnath Math and successor of Late Shri Avaiydyanath. Many prominent poets and politicians are from Gorakhpur. The city is often said to be the centre of Nath Sampradaya of Hinduism. Gorakhpur is famous for its Terracotta works. The city has been culture capital of North-Eastern Uttar Pradesh since hundreds of years. Gorakhpur is known as the headquater of nath sampradaya.

Gorakhpur is also the headquarters of the North Eastern Railways Zone of the Indian Railways and serves as an important center for education and trade. The road route to Nepal from India passes through the city. The city has two Residential Universities and Medical College.Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University is one of the oldest universities in Uttar Pradesh. The city serves as an education, health and trade hub.

Timezone: Asia/Kolkata

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Alternate names of Gorakhpur: Gorakhpur, Gorakpura, Горакпура