Shri Muktsar Sahib district

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Sri Muktsar Sahib district
Location in Punjab, India
Location in Punjab, India
Country India
StatePunjab
DistrictSri Muktsar Sahib
Region of PunjabMalwa
HeadquartersSri Muktsar Sahib
TalukasSri Muktsar Sahib
Area
 • Total2,615 km2 (1,010 sq mi)
Elevation
184 m (604 ft)
Population
(2011)
 • Total902,702
 • Density348/km2 (900/sq mi)
Languages
 • OfficialPunjabi (Gurmukhi)
 • RegionalPunjabi
 • OtherEnglish, Hindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
152026
Telephone code01633
Sex ratio1000/891 /
Literacy69%
Websitewww.muktsar.nic.in

Sri Muktsar Sahib district, colloquially known by the city's former name Mukstar; is one of the twenty two districts in the Indian state of Punjab. Its capital, the city of Sri Muktsar Sahib, was renamed from Muktsar to Sri Muktsar Sahib, with the district subsequently following suit.[1] The district itself was historically referred as Khidraane Di Dhaab. Several other prominent towns in the district include but are not limited to Malout, the largest town in Sri Muktsar Sahib by population; and Giddarbaha.

History[edit]

The Shri Muktsar Sahib district was created as a new district on 7 November 1995 by the separation of the Muktsar subdivision from the Faridkot district.[2]

The last battlefield of the tenth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singh, lies in the district's main city. The Battle of Muktsar, a major battle between the Mughals and the Sikhs, occurred in present day Sri Muktsar Sahib during the year of 1705. The Gurudwara Tibbi Sahib was built to mark the battlefield.

The district has many historical Gurudwaras including the Darbar Sahib, the Shaheedi Gurudwara, and the Tibbi Sahib in the Shri Muktsar Sahib city proper, and several others in the district's respective villages.

The Mela Maghi fair is celebrated annually in January at the Sri Muktsar Sahib city proper in remembrance of the forty martyrs (librated ones).[clarification needed]

Demographics[edit]

Religion in Muktsar District[3]
Religion Percent
Sikhism
70.81%
Hinduism
28.26%
Others
0.93%

According to the 2011 census Sri Muktsar Sahib district has a total population of 902,702,[4] roughly equal to the nation of Fiji[5] or the US state of Delaware.[6] This gives it a ranking of 464th in India (out of a total of 640).[4] The district has a population density of 348 inhabitants per square kilometre (900/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 16.1%. It has a sex ratio of 895 females for every 1000 males and a literacy rate of 66.8%.[4]

The principal Jatt Sikh clans are, Sidhu Brar, Sandhu, Sekhon, Buttar, Gill, Maan, Bhullar, Aulakh, Virk, Dhaliwal, Dhillon.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prabhjot Singh (31 January 2010). "Muktsar is now Sri Muktsar Sahib". The Tribune, Chandigarh. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.censusindia.gov.in/2011census/dchb/0310_PART_B_DCHB_MUKTSAR.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.census2011.co.in/census/district/597-muktsar.html
  4. ^ a b c "District Census 2011". www.census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  5. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 1 October 2011. Fiji 883,125 July 2011 est.
  6. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2011. Delaware 897,934

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Coordinates: 30°28′24″N 74°30′55″E / 30.47324°N 74.515412°E / 30.47324; 74.515412