|• Total||28 km2 (11 sq mi)|
|Elevation||254 m (833 ft)|
|• Density||4,600/km2 (12,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Khanna is a Punjabi word, which means one quarter (1/4 or 0.25). The city was named thus because it used to be very small, just a quarter of what a normal city should be.
Khanna has the largest grain market in Asia, followed by the grain market of Rajpura (Punjab). Khanna is an ancient town which came into existence 500 years back. History reveals that Sher Shah Suri built a number of sarais (inns) at every 12 to 15 miles along the Delhi-Lahore road. One of the sarais was built in this area which is still known as the Purani Sarai. After the decline of Mughal rule in the Punjab, Banda Bahadur captured the area from Sirhind to Hoshiarpur. After that a Jathedar of Dahedu controlled and occupied the whole of the area from Dahedu to Nabha. He married his daughter, Daya Kaur, to the King of Nabha. When a family dispute arose between the King and his new wife, she left Nabha for good and went back to live with her parents in Dahedu. According to Indian conventions she could not remain there forever. Therefore, her father gave her a "kann", or a "small portion", of the territory between Dahedu and Nabha that was well known for its agriculture. Over time, the pronunciation of the name changed from "Kann" to "Khanna".
The city is 40 km from the city of Ludhiana on the Grand Trunk Road (National Highway 1) and is home to Asia's largest grain market. Its area is about 70 km2. Villages nearby include Payal, Ikolahi, Rahoun, Issru, Harion Kalan , Boothgarh, Bulepur, Rasulra, Ghutind, Bhattian, Libra, Ratan Heri, Bahumajra, Salana, Amloh, Salaudi singha and Mohanpur.
As per provisional data of 2011 census Khanna had a population of 128,130, out of which males were 67,811 and females were 60,319. The literacy rate was 84.43 per cent.
Khanna has following colleges/institutes:
- A S College Khanna.
- Shri Sarswati Sanskrit College Khanna, affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh
- A. S. Women College, affiliated to Panjab University chandigarh.
- Gulzar Group of Institutes (GGI) Approved by AICTE and I. K. Gujral Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.
- IGNOU Regional Centre, Khanna
- Radha Vatika Women college.
- Sanjeevni Nursing College.
A.S. College is the first college in Ludhiana district rural which was granted A+ grade by National Accreditation and Assessment of Colleges(NAAC). NAAC is accreditation agency of the Government of India.
Schools of Khanna:
- Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School
- A. S. Sr. Sec. School
- A. S. Modern Sen. Sec. School
- Atam Manohar Jain Modern School
- D.A.V. Model Sr. Sec. School
- D.A.V Public School
- Delhi Public School
- G T B High School, Model Town
- Govt. Girl's Sr. Sec. School
- Green Grove School
- Hindi Putri Pathshala
- Himalaya Public Sen. Sec School
- Inder Prasth Public School
- Khalsa High School, Grain Market
- Lala Sarkaru Mal Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir
- Nankana sahib public school, kalal majra
- Narotam Vidya Mandir Sr Sec school, Lalheri road
- Planet E School
- Radha Vatika Sen. Sec. School
- Robin Model High School
- Swami Chhagan Lal School
- S. D. Public School, Amloh Road
- Sujok Acupressure centre
- Spring Dale Public Senior Secondary School, Khanna Khurd
- Vivek model high school
- Walia English Model School
- Euro kids school
- bhartam vidya mandir
- Khanna Public School
- Robin Model High School
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