As per Meerut History, Meerut is situated between the holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna Meerut & it was concluded to the ancient city of Hastinapur, the capital of Kauravas and Pandavas of Mahabharata, which was vanished due to floods in the River Ganges. Pieces of king Ashoka Pillar in sandstone, with inscription or Edicts of Ashoka, in Brahmi, originally from Meerut, now in the British Museum.
As per the Hindu mythology, Meerut’s name is derived from the word “Maya Rashtra”, meaning the kingdom of Mya, who was the demons & his daughter Mandodari was married to Ravana, the antagonist of the first epic, Ramayana.
From the medieval period onwards, Meerut becomes the attention of historians for the first time when the strong people of Meerut offered fierce resistance to the invading forces of Qutub-ud-din Aibak & Timur. During British, rules Meerut became a powerful hub of the military centers. The unsatisfied and unfair behavior on Indian soldiers by British Army, the Indian soldiers began their fight against the imperial powers in this land on ten May 1857 & it was considered to be the symbol of control over the whole of India after this the famous slogan “Dilli Chalo” (The March to Delhi!) was first raised here.
The history of Meerut is replete with many incidents. Meerut has in fact been at the center of a spate of activities. Its proximity to Delhi contributed to its progress and development. However, its proximity to Delhi also served as a major disadvantage for Meerut as it was the site of innumerable upheavals. The history of Meerut is an endless saga of the hard work and dedication of its inhabitants, including those of the Abattis, Vaishyas, Rajputs, Jats, and Gurjars, all of whom were instrumental in the all-round advancement of Meerut.
A detailed study of the history of Meerut will reveal the fact that Meerut suffered the brunt of the invasions of Qutb-ud-Din and Timur.