Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh

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Hamirpur is located in Himachal Pradesh
Hamirpur is located in India
Location in Himachal Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 31°41′N 76°31′E / 31.68°N 76.52°E / 31.68; 76.52Coordinates: 31°41′N 76°31′E / 31.68°N 76.52°E / 31.68; 76.52
Country  India
State Himachal Pradesh
District Hamirpur
 • Zonal Headquarters Mandi
 • Total 5.2 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Elevation 738 m (2,421 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 17,604
 • Density 3,385/km2 (8,770/sq mi)
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone code 1972

Hamirpur (Hindi|हमीरपुर) is a town and the district headquarters of Hamirpur district in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Hamirpur is located in a relatively colder region in western Himachal Pradesh with a lower altitude as compared to the other districts of the state.


Shri Siddh Baba Balak Nath Temple, Deotsidh, is the biggest holy shrine in Barsar tehsil of the district. It is situated on the Deotsidh Dhar Range in Shivalik Hills. It stretches across 44 kilometers from Hamirpur, 185 kilometers from Chandigarh, 93 kilometers from Nangal Dam (Railway Station), 64 kilometers from Una, 16 kilometers from Barsar and about 5 kilometers from Shah Talai.


The exact geographical co-ordinates of Hamirpur is 31°41′N 76°31′E / 31.68°N 76.52°E / 31.68; 76.52,[2] and the average elevation is 738 m (2,421 ft).

Hamirpur is mainly a hilly terrain.

Demographics of Hamirpur town[edit]

These statistics are from the 2011 census of India; "growth" is the change since 2001 census data as a percentage of the 2001 data:[1]

Description Total Male Female
Population 17604 9056 8548
 % of district pop. 3.87% 4.17% 3.6%
 % of state pop. 0.2564% 0.2601% 0.2527%
Sex ratio (per 1000) 944
Growth over 2001 2.04% -2.91% 7.86%
Literates 14880 7803 7077
Literates % of pop. 84.53% 86.16% 82.79%
Area (km2) 5.2
Density (pop/km2) 3385 1742 1644
Child (0-6 yrs) pop. 1606 838 768
Child (0-6 yrs) % of total pop. 9.12% 9.25% 8.98%
Child (0-6 yrs) sex ratio 916

Politics and Leaders[edit]

This segment of Himachal Pradesh is also known as politically hot segment in state politics. BJP had a greater influence on this particular region. In 1967, Kanshiram Thakur elected as first non congress MLA from this segment, Ramesh Verma of congress remain MLA from 1972 to 1977. Later in 1977, an advocate by profession Thakur Jagdev Chand (Nephew of Kanshiram Thakur) became the MLA of Hamirpur by defeating Ramesh Verma.

Thakur Jagdev Chand was a stalwart political figure of Himachal Pradesh, represented this constituency till December, 1993. Thakur Jagdev Chand died on 6 December 1993 just a week after his 5th victory in a row, Thakur was the only minister in Shanta Kumar's cabinet who managed the victory whereas Shanta Kumar himself and rest of his cabinet were defeated in 1993 assembly elections. BJP just won 7 seats, Narinder Thakur (son of Jagdev Chand) contested unsuccessful bi-election in 1994, to whom BJP selected after his father sudden demise. Anita Verma of congress remained MLA till 1998. In 1998, BJP offered ticket to Mrs. Urmil Thakur, elder daughter in law of Thakur, and she successfully contested the election and remained on the post till 2003. Family dispute lead to the defeat of Urmil Thakur as Mr. Narinder Thakur contested election as an independent candidate an attracted over 10000 votes (a huge number where total number of votes were around 50000). Anita Verma of Congress became MLA of Hamirpur second time and remained on the post till December 2007.[3]

Ex MLA Urmil Thakur (1998-2003 and 2007-2012) managed her victory on the BJP ticket and won December 2007 election along with full support of her brother in law Narinder Thakur this time,[4] with a margin of 6901 votes. The sitting Chief Minister of Hiamchal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal managed to be on the post of Chief Minister in 1998 because of the strong ground prepared under leadership of Jagdev Chand, who was considered as a strongest contender of the post of chief minister after 1993 victory. As a tribute to leader who contributed a lot for the state government opened a Government Degree College at Sujanpur and Town Hall at Hamirpur which were named after Thakur Jagdev Chand. A very senior RSS member Thakur Ram Singh opened a history research institute at Neri and is also named after late Thakur Jagdev. Almost two decades have passed since Thakur died but his legacy and name still have considerable vote bank. Narinder Thakur openly revolted against the sitting P.K Dhumal. Anurag Thakur who won parliament bi election with a huge margin 1.75lack Aug 2008, his record margin was dropped by 1 lack votes in just 8 months. In May 2009 elections he won by 73000 votes when he contested against new congress candidate Narinder Thakur, despite of the fact on remaining 3 parliament seats in Himachal BJP improved.

In 2012 assembly election a new assembly segment was created after delimitation named Sujanpur, Urmil Thakur(BJP) and Anita Verma(Congress) contested unsuccessful election against an independent candidate Rajinder Rana. Prem Kumar Dhumal decided to contest from Hamirpur and won by 9300 votes against congress candidate Narinder Thakur.

Narinder Thakur was welcomed back to BJP on 24 March 2014, in presence of Prem Kumar Dhumal and Urmil Thakur. Rajinder Rana has joined Congress prior to that and contested 2014 Lok Sabha election against BJP's Anurag Thakur, Rajinder Rana lost this election. On 13 April 2014 Urmil Thakur quits BJP and joined Congress in presence of Chief Minister Virbhadra singh, she attacked Prem Kumar Dhumal and Anurag Thakur for promoting their family agenda and sidelining old grass root BJP workers. Narender Thakur successfully contested Sujanpur by poll on BJP ticket in May 2014. Narender defeated Anita Rana, wife of Rajender Singh Rana who contested as Congress candidate by 538 votes. [5]

Media & Publication[edit]

Hamirpur town hosts bureau offices for national newspapers like Dainik jagaran, Dainik Bhaskar, Amar Ujala, Punjab Kesri also some regional newspapers like Divya Himachal, Himachal Dastak ect. Head Office and studio of popular Local channel Pole Star TV is also situated in Gandhi Chowk,[6] Hamirpur. Pole Star TV covers all parts of Hamirpur, Parts of Palampur, Kangra, Sarkaghat, Sandhol, Sujanpur, Nadaun etc. Hamirpus's town hall hosts annual Pustak Mela [book fair] and is main attraction of the town. Aakash Vani [All India Radio] station Hamirpur transmits and produce various radio shows and news, it has a large coverage area up to pathankot, Jammu.


  1. ^ a b c "WELCOME TO CENSUS OF INDIA : Census of India Library". Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. Retrieved 8 September 2014.  Note: Interactive application (no direct link available). For area/density, choose Census -> (year) -> Town Directory -> Himachal Pradesh -> Town directory Himachal Pradesh (unavailable for 2011, so area is reasonably assumed to be the same as 2001). For all other values, choose Census -> (year) -> Primary Census Abstract -> Primary Census Abstract Total -> Himachal Pradesh -> Hamirpur -> Primary Census Abstract Total.
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Hamirpur
  3. ^ http://www.tribuneindia.com/2007/20071212/himachal.htm#5
  4. ^ http://www.tribuneindia.com/2007/20071107/himplus1.htm#4
  5. ^ http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140414/himachal.htm#1
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/polestartv/?fref=ts

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