Bija, India

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Bija is located in Punjab
Bija is located in India
Location in Punjab, India
Coordinates: 30°42′N 76°13′E / 30.7°N 76.22°E / 30.7; 76.22Coordinates: 30°42′N 76°13′E / 30.7°N 76.22°E / 30.7; 76.22
Country  India
State Punjab
District Ludhiana
Founded by Baba Desu
 • Type Panchayt
 • Total 28 km2 (11 sq mi)
Elevation 254 m (833 ft)
 • Rank 3167
 • Official Punjabi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 141401
Telephone code 01628

Bija or Beeja is a village in District Ludhiana in India. It is situated about 30 km from Ludhiana city and 14 km from Khanna. Manji Sahib Gurudawara is to the south of the villiage. Because of the location of the villiage, it is on the main junction of Amritsar Delhi NH1 and Payal Samrala cross roads. The first ever Milk Plant was built here by a Scandinavian in the early 1960s. The Villiage Gurudwara was rebuilt by the family who had immigrated to USA in 1910. The villiage has seen a lot changes in the 10 to 15. Prominent villiager now reside in countries like UK, USA, CANADA and other countries around the world. The main JATT clans are KULAR, Sangha, khattra.


This village was founded by Sardar Nachattar Singh Khattra. He was the wealthiest person of the area and the most prominent businessman of Punjab at that time. Khattra's business expanded from Northern India all the way to Eastern India. During the British Rule, Sardar Nachattar Singh made a palace (Haveli) in Village of Khattra, which still stands to this day. Often During Sardar. Nachattar Singh's visits to Khattra Village, he used to meet the British Governors of the area. Nachattar's business included from a brewery, Brick Mines, Land and Transportation. Even to this date Khattra Buses are seen on the roads of Punjab and still has 60% of transportation hold in the state of Punjab.

During the British Raj era Bija was the capital of Bija State, one of several princely states of the Punjab Hills.[1]

Khattra is situated near Gurdwara Karamsar Rara Sahib or Gurdwara Rara Sahib. This village was transformed from simple Rara to Rara Sahib due to the visit by the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji.

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