The city may have derived its name from 'Mayarashtra' (Sanskrit: मयराष्ट्र), the capital of the kingdom of Mayasura, Mandodari's father and Ravana's father-in-law.
This name may have mutated to Mairashtra, Mai-dant-ka-khera, Mairaath and eventually Meerut.
After capturing and sacking Delhi where thousands of inhabitants were killed after a general massacre was ordered after a civilian uprising, Timur in 1399 attacked and sacked Meerut.
It was held by Ilyas Afghan and his son Maula Muhammad Thaneswari who were assisted by non-Muslims led by Safi.
It was also the eastern-most settlement of the Indus valley civilisation.
Meerut had been a centre of Buddhism in the period of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (r.
Upon his death, they came into the hands of Begum Samru.
All 85 were stripped of their uniforms, imprisoned for ten years and shackled - this was a major humiliation.Sepoy Mangal Pandey shot and missed two Europeans, failed to kill himself, and was hanged.By April, the fire of Pandey’s Uprising scorched north India and reached Meerut, the second-largest East India Company garrison.273 BC to 232 BC.), and remains of Buddhist structures were found near the Jama Masjid in the present day city.In the eleventh century AD, the region to the south-west of the city was ruled by Har Dat, the Dor Rajput Raja of Bulandshahr who built a fort, which was long known for its strength and finds mention in Ain-i-Akbari.