Bareilly, also known as Nath nagari, meaning Land of Lord Shiva and Zari nagari, is a centre for the manufacturing of furniture and for trade in cotton, cereal and sugar. Bareilly historically was also called Sanjashya, where the Buddha descended from Tushita (heaven) onto the earth.
This fast-growing city is also known as Bans-Bareilly. Although Bareilly is a production center for cane (bans) furniture, the name Bans Bareilly is not derived from its big bans market. It is named after two princes, Bansaldev and Baraldev, sons of Jagat Singh Katehriya who founded the city in 1537.