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This article is about the municipality in Punjab, India. For its namesake district, see Patiala district. For the former princely state, see Patiala State.
Patiala
ਪਟਿਆਲਾ
City
Moti Bagh Palace, Patiala now houses the National Institute of Sports
Moti Bagh Palace, Patiala now houses the National Institute of Sports
Punjab
Patiala
Patiala
Coordinates: 30°20′N 76°23′E / 30.34°N 76.38°E / 30.34; 76.38Coordinates: 30°20′N 76°23′E / 30.34°N 76.38°E / 30.34; 76.38
Country India
State Punjab
District Patiala
Established 1754
Founded by Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji
Named for Baba Ala Singh
Government
 • Type Democratic
 • Body Municipal Corporation of Patiala
 • Deputy Commissioner Priyank Bharti
 • Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj
 • Municipal Commissioner Manjit Singh Narang
 • Senior Superintendent of Police Hardial Singh Mann
Area[1]
 • Total 131.25 sq mi (339.9 km2)
 • Metro 1,325 sq mi (3,430 km2)
Elevation[2] 1,150 ft (350 m)
Population (2011)
 • Total 762,003
 • Density 5,800/sq mi (2,200/km2)
 • Metro 1,892,282
Demonym Patialvi
Languages
 • Official Punjabi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 147XXX
Telephone code Patiala: 91-(0)175, Rajpura: 91-(0)1762, Samana: 91-(0)1764, Nabha: 91-(0)1765 & Amloh: 91-(0)1768
ISO 3166 code IN-Pb
Vehicle registration PB-11
Largest city Patiala
HDI Increase
0.860
HDI Category very high
Literacy 84.39%
Website patiala.nic.in
The city of Patiala comprises as a Princely State and a Heritage City

Royal patiala Patiala (Punjabi: ਪਟਿਆਲਾ) is a city in southeastern Punjab, in northern India. It is the fourth largest city in the state and is the administrative capital of Patiala district. Patiala is located around the Qila Mubarak (the Fortunate Castle). It was constructed by militiamen Sardar Lakhna and Baba Ala Singh in 1763. Lakhna stated that "Ala Singh will be sitting ruler while I should be the standing ruler of the state".[3]

Patiala is an Indian National Congress stronghold. In popular culture, the city remains famous for its traditional turban (a type of headgear), paranda (a tasselled tag for braiding hair), patiala salwar (a type of female trousers), jutti (a type of footwear) and Patiala peg (a measure of liquor).[3]

The first Indian astronaut, Rakesh Sharma, was born in Patiala.[4][5]

Geography[edit]

Patiala is located at 30°19′N 76°24′E / 30.32°N 76.40°E / 30.32; 76.40.[6] It has an average elevation of 250 metres (820 feet). During the short existence of PEPSU, Patiala served as its capital city. During the reign of Maharajas, Patiala state extended from Narnaul, Hissar in Haryana to Kandaghat and Chail in Himachal pradesh.

History[edit]

Main article: Patiala State

It was ruled by Jat ruler Maharaja Narendra Singh (1845–1862) who fortified the city of Patiala by constructing ramparts and ten gates around it:

  • Darshani gate – Main entrance of Qila Mubarak
  • Lahori gate
  • Nabha gate
  • Samana gate
  • Sirhindi gate
     
  • Sheranwala gate
  • Safabadi gate
  • Sunami gate
  • Top Khana Gate
  • Ghalori Gate

The royal house is now headed by His Highness Maharajadhiraj Captain Amarinder Singh, Mahendra Bahadur of Patiala who also served as the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007. The royals are considered cultural and political icons in Patiala.

Maharaja Karam singh who ruled from 1813 to 1845 (the Sikh Kingdom of Patiala in Punjab) was also known as a traitor. He joined the British East India Company and helped the British during the First Anglo Sikh wars against the Sikh Empire of Maharajah Ranjit Singh of Punjab which was larger and extended from Tibet Kashmir, plains of Punjab to Peshawar near the Afghan borders.

Education[edit]

Since Indian independence in 1947, Patiala has emerged as a major education centre in the state of Punjab. The city houses the prestigious Yadavindra Public School, set up by His Late Highness Maharajadhiraj Yadavindra Singh in 1948 which is now among the top run schools of the country, Thapar University,[7]Punjabi University,[8] Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law,[9] General Shivdev Singh Diwan Gurbachan Singh Khalsa College,[10] Mohindra College, Multani Mal Modi College, Rajindra Hospital, Government Medical College, Patiala, Government College for Girls, and Govt. Bikram College of Commerce,[11] one of the premier commerce colleges in northern India.

Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports, Patiala is a sports hub of north India. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala[12] was the first national law school of north region established under Punjab Government Act of 2006.

Patiala city has many playgrounds, including the Raja Bhalindra Sports Complex, more commonly known as Polo Ground on Lower Mall Road, which houses an indoor stadium. Other sports facilities include Yadavindra Sports Stadium for athletics, Rink Hall for roller skating, and National Institute of Sports, Patiala.

Rajindra Kothi, Patiala located in the Baradari Gardens, now a heritage hotel

Tourist attractions[edit]

Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib[edit]

It is situated very close to Bus Stand, Patiala. According to local tradition, supported by an old handwritten document preserved in the Gurdwara, one Bhag Ram, a jhivar of Lehal, waited upon ninth guru of Sikhs Guru Tegh Bahadur during his sojourn at Saifabad (now Bahadurgarh), and made the request that he might be pleased to visit and bless his village so that its inhabitants could be rid of a serious and mysterious sickness which had been their bane for a long time. The Guru visited Lehal on Magh sudi 5, 1728 Bikram/24 January 1672 and stayed under a banyan tree by the side of a pond.[1] The sickness in the village subsided. The site where Guru Tegh Bahadur had sat came to be known as Dukh Nivaran, literally meaning eradicator of suffering. Devotees have faith in the healing qualities of water in the sarovar attached to the shrine. It is still believed that any kind of illness can be cured by 'ishnaan' on 5 consecutive panchmi

Gurdwara Moti Bagh Sahib[edit]

GURUDWARA SHRI MOTI BAAG SAHIB is situated in the Patiala City. When SHRI GURU TEG BAHADUR SAHIB JI started his journey towards Delhi, he came here via Kiratpur Sahib, Bharatgarh Sahib, Roap Makar, Kabulpur etc. Saint Saif Ali Khan was great follower of GURU SAHIB, To fullfill his wish GURU SAHIB came to his Place Saifabad (Bahadur Garh). GURU SAHIB stayed here for 3 Months. Saif Ali Khan Served GURU SAHIB with great Devotion. In day time GURU SAHIB used to meditate on the Place inside the Qila(Fort) and used to come here in the night time. From here GURU SAHIB left towards Samana, GURU SAHIB took rest for some time this place. From here GURU SAHIB left towards Samana and stayed in the Haveli of Muhamad Bakhsish. From there onwards GURU SAHIB left towards Cheeka Via Karhali, Balbera.

Bahadurgarh Fort[edit]

The Bahadurgarh Fort is 6 kilometres away from Patiala city. It is situated on the Patiala-Chandigarh road. The fort was constructed by Nawab Saif Khan in 1658 A.D and later renovated by a Sikh ruler Maharaja Karam Singh in 1837. The construction of the entire fort was completed in eight years. A sum of ten lakh rupees was spent on its construction. It covers an area of 2 km2. The fort is enclosed within two rounded walls and a moat. The circumference of the fort is slightly over two kilometres. The name Bahadurgarh fort was given by Maharaja Karam Singh as a tribute to the Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur who stayed here for three months and nine days before leaving for Delhi. The fort consist of a historical Gurdwara Sahib (a Sikh temple) named Gurdwara Sahib Patshai Nauvin.This Gurudwara shows fine Sikh architecture. This gurudwara is controlled by the Shiromini Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee. People visit this gurdwara on the occasion of the festival of Baisakhi on 13 April, every year.

Qila Mubarak Complex[edit]

The Qila Mubarak complex stands on a 10-acre ground in the heart of the city and contains the main palace or Qila Androon (literally, 'inner fort'), the guesthouse or Ran Baas and the Darbar Hall. Outside the Qila are the Darshani Gate, a Shiva temple, and bazaar shops which border the streets that run around the Qila and sell precious ornaments, colourful hand-woven fabrics, 'jootis' and bright 'Parandis'.

It was the principal residence of the Patiala royals until the construction of Old Moti Bagh Palace.

The entrance is through an imposing gate. The architectural style of the palace is a synthesis of late Mughal and Rajasthani. The complex has 10 courtyards along the north-south axis. Each courtyard is unique in size and character, some being broad, others very small and others mere slits in the fabric of building. Though the Androon is a single interconnected building, it is spoken of as a series of palaces. Each set of rooms makes a cluster around a courtyard, and each carries a name: Topkhana, Qila Mubarak, Sheesh Mahal, Treasury and Prison. Ten of the rooms are painted with frescoes or decorated intricately with mirror and gilt.

In a tiny portion of the complex is a little British construction with Gothic arches, fireplaces made of marble and built-in toilets perched on the Mughal Rajasthani roof. Burj Baba Ala Singh has a fire smoldering ever since the time of Baba Ala Singh, along with a flame brought by him from Jwalaji. Every year its decorated beautifully for the Heritage Festival.

Sheesh Mahal[edit]

A part of the Old Moti Bagh Palace built in the 19th century by the Maharajas is the famous Sheesh Mahal, literally meaning the Palace of Mirrors. The mahal contains a large number of frescoes, most of which were made under His Highness Maharaja Narinder Singh. A lake in front of the palace adds to the beauty. Lakshman Jhula, a bridge built across the lake, is a famous attraction. A museum housing the largest collection of medals from the world collected by His Highness Maharaja Bhupinder Singh is here.

Currently Sheesh Mahal is closed for public viewing because of renovation.

Baradari Gardens[edit]

The Baradari Gardens are in the north of old Patiala city, just outside Sheranwala Gate. The garden complex, set up during the reign of Maharaja Rajindera Singh, has extensive vegetation of rare trees, shrubs, and flowers dotted with impressive Colonial buildings and a marble statue of Maharaja Rajindera Singh. It was built as a royal residence with a cricket stadium, a skating rink and a small palace set in its heart named Rajindera Kothi.

After extensive restoration it opened as a heritage hotel run by Neemrana Hotels group in 2009. It is Punjab's first heritage hotel. It is near Press Club Patiala. Press Club Patiala was established in 2006 and now headed by Parveen Komal, president.[13]

National Institute of Sports[edit]

Founded in 1961, Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NIS) is Asia's largest sports institute in princely city of Patiala. The institute was renamed as Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports in January 1973.

NIS is housed in the Old Moti Bagh palace of erstwhile royal family of Patiala, which was purchased by government of India after Indian Independence. Today, several sport memorabilia, like a hass (doughnut shaped exercise disc), weighing 95 kg, used by the Great Gama for squats, Major Dhyan Chand's gold medal, from 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, and PT Usha 1986 Seoul Asiad shoes, are housed at the National Institute of Sports Museum.[14]

Sporting venues and gardens[edit]

Patiala is home to numerous inter-state sporting teams in tournaments like Black Elephants.[clarification needed] The city has facilities for cricket, swimming, shooting, skating and hockey. The city has stadiums such as Dhruv Pandove Ground and other venues such as Yadavindra Public School, Raja Bhalinder Stadium and National Institute of Sports.

The latest addition to sports is the state-of-the-art shotgun shooting ranges housing New Moti Bagh Gun Club at village Maine. Founded by the royal family of Patiala, these ranges are home to the Indian Shotgun Shooting team who routinely trains here. It has recently hosted the 2nd Asian Shotgun Championship.[15]

Governance[edit]

Patiala Municipal Corporation (PMC) is the local body responsible for governing, developing and managing the city. (PMC) is further divided into 50 municipal wards. Patiala Development Authority (PDA) is an agency responsible for planning and development of the greater Patiala Metropolitan Area, which is revising the Patiala Master Plan and Building Bylaws. Patiala Development Department, a special department of the Government of Punjab, has been recently formed for overall development.

Patiala consists of three assembly constituencies: Patiala Urban, Patiala Rural, Sanaur.

Demographics[edit]

As per provisional data of 2011 census Patiala urban agglomeration had a population of 762,003 of Patiala Metro. The literacy rate was 84.39% per cent.[16]

As of 2001 India census,[17] Patiala had a population of 303,151. Males constituted 54% of the population, and females 46%. Patiala had an average literacy rate of 81%, higher than the national average of 64.9%. In Patiala, 10% of the population was under 5 years of age.

Culture and traditions[edit]

Phulkari from Patiala

Patiala's sway over the Malwa area extended beyond merely political influence. Patiala was equally the set of religious and cultural life. Educationally, Patiala was in the forefront. Patiala was the first town in this part of the country to have a degree college – the Mohindra College – in 1870.

Patiala has seen the evolution of a distinct style of architecture. Borrowing from the Rajput style, its beauty and elegance are moulded according to the local traditions.

Phul Cinema on the Mall facing the Fountain Chowk is built in Art Deco style

With the active patronage of the Maharajas of Patiala, a well-established style of Hindustani music called the "Patiala Gharana" came into existence and has held its own up to the present times. This school of music has had a number of famous musicians, many of whom came to Patiala after the disintegration of the Mughal Court at Delhi in the 18th century. At the turn of the century, Ustad Ali Bux was the most renowned exponent of this Gharana. Later, his sons Ustad Akhtar Hussain Khan and Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan achieved world wide fame and brought glory to the Patiala Gharana.

After partition of British India, Muslims were forced to flee the city en masses to Pakistan, while many refugees migrated from Pakistan and settled on the Muslim properties in Patiala. The then Maharaja of Patiala, His Highness Yadavindra Singh, Rajpramukh of PEPSU with his wife Her Highness Maharani Mohinder Kaur organised a large number of camps and worked tirelessly for the people.

District administration[edit]

The Deputy Commissioner, an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service, is the overall in-charge of the General Administration in the district. He is assisted by a number of officers belonging to Punjab Civil Service and other Punjab state services.

The brand-new Mini Secretariat on Nabha Road, which houses all the major offices including that of the DC and the SSP, was completed in record time, owing to the initiative of the member of parliament of Patiala and local administration.

In India, an Inspector General (IG) of Police is a two-star rank of the Indian Police Service. The ranks above this are Additional Director General (Addl.DG) and Director General (DG) of police. In Patiala, joint commissioner's are at the rank of DIG and only additional commissioner's are at the rank of IG.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service, is responsible for maintaining law and order and related issues in the district. He is assisted by the officers of the Punjab Police Service and other Punjab Police officials.

The Divisional Forest Officer, an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service, is responsible for the management of the Forests, Environment and Wild-Life in the district. He is assisted by the officers of the Punjab Forest Service and other Punjab Forest officials and Punjab Wild-Life officials.

Sectoral development is looked after by the district head officer of each development department such as PWD, Health, Education, Agriculture, Animal husbandry, etc. These officers are from Punjab state services.

Transport[edit]

Patiala has one of the highest number of vehicles per capita in India.[18] Wide, well-maintained roads and parking spaces are all over the city.

It is connected to cities like Chandigarh, Amritsar, Delhi etc. by road. Patiala is well connected to cities like Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar, on NH 1 via State Highway no. 8 till Sirhind, which is on NH 1. Patiala is well connected to Delhi by road as well as by rail. NH 64 (Zirakpur – Patiala – Sangrur – Bhatinda) connects Patiala with Rajpura (on NH 1 and very well connected to Delhi) and Zirakpur (near Chandigarh). Patiala has both a railway station and Patiala Airport, which is not operational. The nearest domestic airport is Chandigarh Airport, which is approximately 62 km from the city.

Patiala is connected by road to all the major towns.

Distance between the major towns and Patiala:

Entertainment[edit]

Patiala is home to numerous inter state sporting teams like Black Elephant Cricket Club in the Domestic Cricket. The city has following single screen cinema halls: Phul, Malwa, Capital. While it has malls and multiplexes like SRS Omaxe mall, Tagore Multiplex, City Multiplex Mall, Kaintal Mall are proposed.

Notable people[edit]

Name Occupation
Udham Singh Great Legendary Freedom Fighter
Mahendra Singh of Patiala Maharaja of Princely State Patiala
Maharaja Rajinder Singh Maharaja of Princely State Patiala]
Bhupinder Singh Grandfather of Captain Amarinder Singh and Maharaja of Princely State Patiala
Yadavindra Singh Father of Captain Amarinder Singh and Cricketer
Mohinder Kaur Rajmata of Patiala and Mother of Captain Amarinder Singh
Captain Amarinder Singh 29th Chief Minister of Punjab
Preneet Kaur MP & Minister of State for External Affairs (Central Govt. under PM Manmohan Singh)
Bibi Amtus Salam Social Worker
Pawan Kumar Bansal four times MP, Union Minister of India (twice)
Surjit Singh Rakhra Member of Lagislative Assembly
Dalip Kaur Tiwana Punjabi writer
Damandeep Singh Baggan Dub-Over Voice Actor
Roopinder Singh Asst Editor, The Tribune & a writer
Harpal Tiwana Actor, Writer and director
Abhinav Bindra the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics
Gul Panag Actor
Gugu Gill Actor
Samiksha Actor
Smeep Kang Actor, Writer and director
Raninder Singh President National Rifle Association of India (NRAI)
Bhupinder Singh (musician) Singer and musician
Madan Puri Actor
Amrish Puri Actor
Om Puri Actor
Jimmy Shergill Actor
Binnu Dhillon Actor
Gulzar Inder Chahal Actor and Cricketer
Gavie Chahal Actor
Rakesh Sharma The first Indian and 138th person to travel in space
Satwinder Bitti Famous female Punjabi singer
Harbhajan Mann Punjabi singer and actor
Mika Singh Punjabi singer and actor
Dilshad Khan husband of Parveen Sultana, Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Fateh Ali Khan Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Hamid Ali Khan Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Jagdish Prasad Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Johar Ali Khan Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Kaushiki Chakrabarty daughter of Ajoy Chakraborty, Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Lakshmi Shankar Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Munawar Ali Khan son of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Nirmala Devi Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Parveen Sultana Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Raza Ali Khan grandson of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Sanjukta Ghosh Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Shafqat Amanat Ali Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Mohammad Hussain Sarahang from Afghanistan Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer
Daler Mehandi Punjabi singer
Pammi Bai Punjabi Singer
Malkit Singh Punjabi Singer
Vinaypal Buttar Punjabi Singer
Rana Ranbir Comedian, writer and actor
Navjot Singh Sidhu Former cricketer, actor, commentator and politician
Mohinder Amarnath Cricketer
Re-etinder Sodhi Cricketer
Sandeep Sharma Cricketer
Sarabjit Ladda Cricketer
Inderbir Singh Sodhi Cricketer
Ravi Inder Singh Cricketer
Jiwanjot Singh Cricketer
Deepak Thakur Hockey Player
Heena Sidhu Shooter
Navneet Kaur Dhillon Femina Miss India 2013

Sister Cities[edit]

See also[edit]

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