Mansa, Punjab


Mansa, Punjab

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Mansa
—  city  —
Mansa
Location of Mansa
in Punjab and India
Coordinates 29°59′N 75°23′E / 29.98°N 75.38°E / 29.98; 75.38Coordinates: 29°59′N 75°23′E / 29.98°N 75.38°E / 29.98; 75.38
Country India
State Punjab
District(s) Mansa
Population 272,608 (2001)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Area

Elevation


212 metres (696 ft)

Mansa is a city and a municipal council in Mansa district in the Indian state of Punjab. It is the administrative headquarters of Mansa district.

The population is Punjabi-speaking and is wedded to the culture of the Malwa belt of Punjab.

The district has an area of 2174 km² and a population of 688,630 (2001 census), with a population density of 317 persons per km². The district is roughly triangular in shape, and is bounded on the northwest by Bathinda District, on North by Barnala District on the northeast by Sangrur District, and on the south by Haryana state. The district is divided into three tehsils, Budhlada, Mansa, and Sardulgarh. The Ghaggar River flows through Sardulgarh tehsil and Bhakhda river near Jhunir in the southwestern corner of the district. It is situated on the rail line between Bathinda-Jind-Delhi section and also situated on Barnala-Sardulgarh-Sirsa Road.

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Agriculture and Industry

Mansa is situated in the cotton belt of Punjab and therefore fondly called the "Area of white gold". Indeed agriculture forms the backbone of the district economy. During the months of November and December a visitor to this part of Punjab shall be the proud witness to the pristine, milky white bloom of cotton, as nature blossoms in her full glory. The view is indeed breath taking. While traversing the countryside, one gets a feeling of sailing through clouds. Industrially, the district is very deficient, yet some trade and industry is being carried out in urban areas. Major Project of Thermal Power Plant is going to construct soon in 2008 which will start producing power by 2012.


History of town Mansa

The town is said to have been founded by Bhai Gurdas who hailed from Dhingar, Distt. Mansa. He is said to have been married at this place among the Dhaliwal Jat Sikh. Once he came to his in-laws to take his wife along with him but they refused to send her. At this, Bhai Gurdas sat in meditation before the house of his in-laws. After some time, the parents of the girl agreed to send their daughter with Bhai Gurdas. But he refused to take her along with him, stating that he had now renounced the worldly way of life. In his memory, his Smadh was constructed where a fair is held every year in March–April. People in large numbers attend the fair and offer Laddus and Gur at Smadh. Class ‘A’ municipality has been functioning in the town since 1952./

Geography

Mansa is located at 29°59′N 75°23′E / 29.98°N 75.38°E / 29.98; 75.38.[1] It has an average elevation of 212 metres (695 feet).

Education

Mansa is a rural town basically with the lowest literacy rate in the state, still the students of this town has done well in medical/engineering areas. Lack of colleges and institutes forces students to go out and study, which might not be possible for all the families, thus it compounds to the existing educational problems. It poses serious problems specially for the education of girls, where parents are reluctant to send their girls out of the town, thus even if the girls have potential to perform well, due to lacking facilities they are forced to stay at home. Mansa comes under classified backward areas of Punjab state and students get reservation in the govt quota for jobs or for higher studies.

Town needs serious attention from the government for the growth and development. The roads are in bad state, sewage water is another big problem and specially in rainy season, posing threat for disease outbreak.

In the past, there have been increased number of cancer cases in the area for which various governments have "said" and promised to do a lot, but practically nothing has been done to find out what is the actual cause of problem.

Past few years have seen some changes with opening of new schools and B.Ed colleges but still a lot remains to be done and the area needs a strong leader who can advocate the voice of the people and work in the true sense for the development of area.

Major Cities/Towns

Budhlada

Budha and Ladha were two real brothers who were khatri by caste. The village has got its name from the name of these two brothers. Some of the population of the village was of Majhbi and Ramdasia. It was a part of Kaithal state_name. The king of the Kaithal state did not help the British during the insurgency of 1857. So the British annexed the kingdom. Later on, it was merged with Karnal District. It was the largest market of East Punjab. It was a very big recruitment centre of military personnels which was second to only to Rohtak in India. Prestigious Ashoka Chakra Award was conferred on Hawaldar Joginder Singh Datewas who was recruited from Budhlada.

Budhlada city is 70 km away from Bathinda and is situated on Bathinda-Delhi rail line. The border of Haryana state is 25 km away from the city. It is 17 km away from Mansa. A popular Gurudwara Brahm Bunga is situated in Dodra 10 km from Budhlada. Every year, three main samagams are held at DODRA in the months of March, September and December. Sangat from all over the world comes over during these samagams to take laha.As per 1991 census, the total population of the city is 18,123. The sub division came into being in 13-4-1992.

Sardulgarh

The ancient name of Sardulgarh town was Rori Dhudal. It was a part of Patiala princely state before independence. The son of Maharaja Patiala, Mr. Sardul Singh came here for a hunting. There is a fort of Maharaja Patiala in a neglected state in which the office of the police station of Sardulgarh has been serving. The name of Sardulgarh town was named after Sardar Sardul Singh from Rori Dhudal. Initially Sardulgarh was a Sub tehsil. It was graded as a Sub Division in 1993 when tehsil headquarters were shifted from Jhunir to Sardulgarh. Earlier, there was a Gram Panchayat. It was upgraded to Nagar Panchayat on 1996-12-12.

Joga

This is the town about 20 minutes away from Mansa on Mansa Barnala Road and notably famous for the Freedom fighter Jangeer Singh Joga, belonging to Communist Party of India. He wasa national level freedom fighter and was the man who built the sleepy village of Joga to a bustling town with senior secondary schools for Girls & Boys,Library, Public School, Girls College, Civil Hospitals among other facilities. Principal K.D. Vashist and Mrs Bhupinder Kaur(who later retired as District Education Officer,Mansa) were among the notable principals of the Girls School Joga.

Bhikhi

This town is on Mansa-Patiala Road and emerging as major town of the District.

Chotti Mansa It was actually village mansa in older times but these days due to developments it has become the part of Mansa city itself. Mainly famous for the Manshahia clan.....

Hotels

There are many good budget hotels in the city. But the most renowned is the 1994 established Mehak Resorts. Experience the true "Punjabi" hospitality at its best at Mehak Resorts, Mansa. Located on the outskirts of the city, the hotel is 20 minutes away from the Railway Station and it takes a mere 10 minutes from the local Bus Stand. Established in 1994, the hotel promises excellent accommodation, business and leisure experiences, and provides you with a Multi-Cuisine Restaurant and a Beer-Bar. If meetings, conferences, events or weddings are a focus; Jashn and Mandap, the two banquet halls, present the ultimate venue.

for any queries Kunwarmeet Singh General Manager-Operations +91 1652 232 215 +91 9815 830 315 info.mehakresorts@gmail.com

Sports

Cricket

There is CRICKET academy in mansa. Which provides coaching facilities for young cricketers. Academy has a large no. talented crickets. MR. Jagmohan Singh dhaliwal is the coach of academy.

How to reach

Mansa is well linked to other cities, particularly the national capital, New Delhi, by an efficient rail and transport system. The nearest airports are located at New Delhi and Chandigarh which are 248 km and 180 km away by road respectively.New airports will be in working soon at ludhiana, International Airport at Mohali, Bhatinda. It is connected by rail and situated on the Delhi–Bathinda branch line of Northern Railway. Many trains like New Delhi–Bathinda Intercity Express,Ferozepur Mumbai Janta Express, Bikaner Guwahti Express and Punjab-Mail come to Mansa station. Besides, there are several passenger trains running between New Delhi and Mansa at regular intervals daily. Mansa is well connected to all the cities of punjab by bus routes.

Demographics

As of 2001 India census"Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. http://web.archive.org/web/20040616075334/http://www.censusindia.net/results/town.php?stad=A&state5=999. Retrieved 2008-11-01. , Mansa had a population of 72,608. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Mansa has an average literacy rate of 65%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 70%, and female literacy is 59%. In Mansa, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

References

External links

Changes In Mansa

  • Over Bridge on Sirsa Barnala Road.
  • Under Bridge In Mansa City.
  • St Xavier's School - first Convent School in the city.

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