Located in the Indian state of Punjab, Sangrur is well known all over the province. To be exact, the town is located at the intersection of the long roads that connect Chandigarh with Bathinda and Jalandhar with Rewari. Patiala (another city of Punjab) is 58 km from Sangrur. Now, let’s go back in time and take a look at the history of Sangrur.
Long ago, in 2,300 BC, the first set of people settled at the site of Sangrur. Attracted by the abundance of water and fertile soil, Muslim tribes from other areas like Sindh and Baloshistan moved along the path of the Ghagger or the Satluj (rivers) and stayed at Rohira.
Before long, they built thatched huts to live in and later on started constructing houses with sun-dried bricks. In 2,000 B.C, the site saw a new set of people wanting to settle there. Their pottery was sturdy and equipment much better. They build houses that were well-constructed and spacious. It is said that Sangrur was founded by a Jatt called Sanghu around 400 years back.
A few years later, Sangrur became part of Nabha state; however, during the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the town was “separated” from Nabha and “given” to Jind State as a gift. Jind was governed by a Maharaja who made the city of Sangrur the winter capital of his state. Khunga Khothi, on the other hand, was made the summer capital.
After India was partitioned in 1947, Sangrur became part of PEPSU state and was the district headquarters. After the PEPSU state was abolished, Sangrur became part of Punjab.
In the start, when Sangrur was built, there were walls around it with 4 gates. On each gate, a Temple and a Gurudwra were built. As time went by, the gates got demolished. However, the Temples and Gurudwaras can still be seen. The priests still get paid by the Government.
Among other things, the town has an old Temple of Maha Kali Devi Ji, which was constructed in 1867. The residents of the town pay obscene there on a regular basis.
Aside from this, Sangrur has a unique institution called Nagan Baba ki Samadh. Inside it, you can witness a Temple, a Samadh, and a Gurudwara. Every day, a large number of devotes come to the place.
Built in 1865, the Darbar Hall can still be seen; however, it is now used as a Museum (it was not used as a Museum when it was built, of course). The roof of the Darbar Hall is painted with fresh golden paint. Moreover, inside the Hall, you can find Takht where Raja used to sit. The Takht looks as good as new even today.
Adjacent to the Darbar Hall, you can see a fascinating Banasar Baag. Inside it, a large water channel surrounds the marble baradari. Now-a-days, the place has been used by tourists. Tourists from all over the world come there and many of them use the plying of paddleboats as well.
If you want to go to India someday, don’t forget to visit Sangrur and its tourists destinations.