Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Mirzapur has a population of a little over 205,264 (2001 census) and is renowned for its famous carpet and brassware industry. It is a city with several spots around it including many hills such as Rajdari, Devdari, Lakhaniyadari, and Windom fall range and Sirshi. It is the headquarter of Mirzapur District. Situated on the banks of the river Ganges this city is at the centre of Allahabad and Varanasi. Mirzapur was once known as commercial city. This fact is confirmed from the carved stone on which the rates of toll taxes belonging to the times of Ashoka have been inscribed. This stone can still be found at Naar Ghat in the city.The city is of immense historical importance. On the outskirts of Mirzapur i.e., at Lakhania Dari one can find ancient paintings on walls. The rock-cut caves here are decorated with primitive paintings and line-drawing scenes. These are indications of the city being inhabited by primitive man. The paintings have a connection with the famous rock-cut paintings of Cogul (Spain).It has been said that this city has been named after its ruler Sheikh Mirza. This has been documented by the Kacchwa bazaar findings.