Hoshiarpur – The City of Saints

I have been living (150 kilometers) away from Hoshiarpur city, my home-town since 3 years now, and for most of the part – without any troubles, thanks to the support of my family and friends. The hectic student life at Chandigarh (where I currently live), my job and various other factors don’t even permit me to visit my home often. Everything has been such for 3 years, and I miss being here. I am in fond love with this place and thought it’d be great to blog about Hoshiarpur.

Hoshiarpur in Punjab state, India

About Hoshiarpur, the City:

Hoshiarpur is a city and a municipal council in Hoshiarpur district in the Indian state of Punjab. It was founded, according to tradition, during the early part of the 4th century. In 1809 it was occupied by the forces of Maharaja Karanvir Singh and was united under the greater state of Punjab. Hoshiarpur is also known as an ancient manufacturing town where colorful lacquer (formerly ivory) finished plastic inlay furniture is made.

Hoshiarpur is also known as City of Saints as many of great saints belong to this city. Hoshiarpur district has the largest number of villages in Punjab state under its administration, but the city is well known for its highly developed urban culture and sense. Did you know that Hoshiar is a Hindi (and Punjabi) word that means Intelligent and Alert.

Notable People from Hoshiarpur:

You got to believe this.

  • Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India is the alumni of the Government College, Hoshiarpur.
  • Lord Swaraj Paul, a successful businessman from United Kingdom belongs to this district.
  • Noted Punjabi Folk and popular singer Manmohan Waris is from Halluwal village in this district.
  • Famous Punjabi music director Sukshinder Shinda belongs to a village called Dhmiya in Hoshiarpor district.
  • Noted Punjabi Folk and popular singer Late Kulwinder Dhillon was born and brought up in this district.
  • Noted Punjabi Folk and popular singer Shankar Shawney is from Kamalpur area of the city.
  • Former Pakistani air force Chief Kaleem Sadaat belonged to this city.
  • J.P.SINGH, the only Sikh businessman in Chile, South America.
  • Mogambo or Amrish Puri, a noted artist in Bollywood, had studied at D.A.V. College Hoshiarpur.
  • Former President of India, Late Giani Zail Singh, was associated with Hoshiarpur for a good period of his life.
  • Shri Hari a great saint belonged to this district. One of area in the city is named after his name i.e. Hari Nagar.
  • Gauri Khan (Chhibber) wife of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was born in Hoshiarpur. Her father moved to Delhi when she was a kid. Her cousins still live in Hoshiarpur.
  • Sant Baba Jawala Singh Ji lived in village Harkhowal, near Hoshiarpur, for a good period of his life.
  • Bollywood Actors Avinash Wadhawan & Upasna Singh belongs to Hoshiarpur

Demographics:

As of 2001 India census, Hoshiarpur had a population of 148,243. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Hoshiarpur has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 76%. In Hoshiarpur, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

* Female per 1000 males –  935 – which is quite better than the rest of the state
* Density of population (per km²) – 439
* Percentage increase in population (1991-2001) – 13.81

Climate of Hoshiarpur:

The district of Hoshiarpur has a mild climate compared to other districts in the state of Punjab. Much of this is due to the abundance of hilly terrain and sizeable forest cover. Temperatures drop as low as -5oC in the winter while the mercury is known to cross 45 °C in hot summer months of May and June.

The pattern of seasons in the district is similar to that of other districts in Punjab, except slight variations at the terminals. The year may be divided into three main seasons in the district of Hoshiarpur. The summer season lasts from April to June followed by the rainy season (July to September end) during which time it becomes hot and humid. The winter season starts after the rains are over from October and lasts up until March’s end.

Rainfall:

75% of the rainfall is experienced within the period between July and September. 15% of the total rainfall is experienced in the winter months of January and February during which time the climate is under the influence of western disturbances in the Persian Gulf. Hail storms may occur in the closing period of winter. (It’s raining outside as I am writing this – from the monsoon that set in early, this year in North India.)

Fruits:

This is the tastiest part of this post – :D – Farming is practiced in villages bordering the city (Hoshiarpur has the largest number of villages in Punjab state). The local climate is very suitable for citrus fruit cultivation and a large area is covered with the same. Although, Hoshiarpur has always been known for the distinctive variety of Mangoes – as is referred in this popular Punjabi song: “Ambiyaan nu tarsengi chadd ke des doaba.”

All in all, my home is in a wonderful city. Being the city capital of Hoshiarpur district, Hoshiarpur is such a fabulous place as compared to the surrounding region. Eating joints across the Mall Road, the well planned and developed Civil Lines area, the markets, newly set up retail stores and shopping malls will always keep you engaged. Besides, the kind of respect and authority that my family has in Hoshiarpur… I feel so protected and secure than anywhere else in this world. Then everyone is so caring, the social culture is amazing and the night life though not as flashy as in many big cities (like Chandigarh) but is so much better.

Home Sweet Home. I love it.

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80 Responses to Hoshiarpur – The City of Saints

  1. KAMAL KISHORE BHARDWAJ says:

    My birth place is Hoshiarpur. My childhood and young age was spent in this city. I wrote few verses in the praise of my home town and my home state. But I do not know how to explain in Hindi Font. In case some body help me, you can share my sentiments for my birth place, which are all in Hindi.

    KAMAL KISHORE BHARDWAJ

  2. KAMAL KISHORE BHARDWAJ says:

    Pt. Hari Chand Akhtar, a renowned Urdu gazal poet was born and brought up at Sahiba-Saroya village in Hoshiarpur near Garhshanker. He stood first M.A. in Persian / English literature in the undivided Punab. He died on 1st January 1958 due to heart attack at the age of 58 or so.

    KAMAL KISHORE BHARDWAJ

  3. KAMAL KISHORE BHARDWAJ says:

    These days people talk about Pollution & Environment. Hoshiarpur has the best pollution free cremation place in whole of Punjab, if I am not wrong, since the beginning of 20th century. I do not know, where I will die, but if I have a choice, I prefer to die at my birth place, without noise and pump / show.

    KAMAL KISHORE BHARDWAJ

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