Gardhiwala

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Garhdiwala
Town
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Garhdiwala is located in Punjab
Garhdiwala
Garhdiwala
Location in Punjab, India
Coordinates: 31°43′57″N 75°45′02″E / 31.7325°N 75.7506°E / 31.7325; 75.7506Coordinates: 31°43′57″N 75°45′02″E / 31.7325°N 75.7506°E / 31.7325; 75.7506
Country  India
State Punjab
District Hoshiarpur
Population (2001)
 • Total 6,263
Languages Punjabi
 • Official Punjabi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 144207
Vehicle registration PB21, PB07

Gardhiwala is a city and a municipal council in Hoshiarpur district in the state of Punjab, India.

History[edit]

Tradition goes that the town was built in 1443 A. D by one Garhia, a Jat, and was named after his and that the addition of Diwala was made in 1812 on account of the incarnation of the goddess (devi) having appeared in the town. In honour of this event, one Jodh Singh, Ramgarhia, built a temple here. The work diwala is said to be wither a contraction for deviwala or the word diowala a temple. The said Sardar also built a fort in 1829 A. D., the traces of which are hardly visible. Around the town, there are some groves of mangoes. Starting from here, a belt of mango gardens can be seen up to Mahalpur

Khalsa Senior Secondary School is the oldest (1924) and famous school of this town it has given Punjab great officers and players of international level.

Garhdiwala city is situated on Chandigarh - Jammu highway NH-24 at approximately 30 KM NE of Hoshiarpur. This moderate town is very closed nit community and a business hub for numerous villages around it. Local business ranges from grocery, jewelers, clothes, hardware, chemist, electrical and electronics suppliers to cold storage and wheat storage facilities.

Demographics[edit]

Gardhiwala is situated on GT-Road or Defense Road, 30 kilometers away from the city of Hoshiarpur.

As of 2001 India census,[1] Gardhiwala had a population of 6263. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Garhdiwala has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 74%. It is famous for producing great soldiers like Colonel Bachhiter Singh Sahota who laid down his life fighting militants in Kashmir. Late Sh. Som Raj Seth© was one of renowned persons of the city. He served as President of Municipal Council. Later on his son Sh. Lalit Seth® served as President. Half of the town lives in US, Canada or UK. People from different religions live here, During partition a lot of muslims were given shelter by the Seth family and communal harmony was restored. This small town has produced great players of Kabbaddi like Mehnga Singh,Chaudhary Harbux Singh and Sohan Singh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. Retrieved 2008-11-01.