town, southwestern Uttar Pradesh state, northern India, situated 56 miles (90 km) south of Jhansi town. According to legend it was founded by a southern Indian king who named it after his wife, Lalita. It is built on raised river frontage along the Shahjad River on the east and Biana stream on the north. Its cottage industries include tanning, sawmilling, shoemaking, ironsmithing, and soapmaking. Nehru College, affiliated with Bundelkhand University at Jhansi, is in the town. About 0.5 mile (0.8 km) south is the Govind Sagar Dam; nearby is a Muslim tax-collecting post, called bansa, dating from about 1360. An airfield for civil and military aircraft is 5 miles (8 km) outside the town. Lalitpur has major road and railway connections. Pop. (1981) 55,756.
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