The ashram of Bhrigu rishi was in Hoshiarpur and the Bhrigu samhita was placed in
this city. In ancient India, it was very important center for learning astrology.
Many people use to come here in search of the predictions about their life. But with
invasions of non Hindu rulers, the part of Bhrigu Samhita was destroyed, relocated
or looted. Still today, there are many astrologers describing themselves descendent's
of Bhrigu are doing business and claim to posses part of Bhrigu Samhita written on
leaves. And this was the main reason that Hoshiarpur was famous in ancient and medieval
The area of present Hoshiarpur was also part of Indus Valley Civilization. Recent
excavations at various sites in the district have revealed that the entire area near
the Shivalik foothills was selected for habitation not only by the early palaeolithic
man but also by those in the protohistoric and historic periods. In the explorations,
seven early Stone Age sited a Atbarapur, Rehmanpur and Takhni, 30-40 km north of
Hoshiarpur District in the foothills of Shivalik, have been discovered where the
stone artifacts have been found. Besides these excavations, among the archaeological
remains in the Hoshiarpur District, the remains of temples at Dholbaha, 24 km north
of Hoshiarpur, and especially the local legends throw valuable light on the ancient
history of the district. The archaeological explorations made during the recent years
have revealed the antiquity of the Hoshiarpur District to the Harappan Period. The
sculptures and other findings excavated from Dholbaha pertain to the Gurjara Prathihara
Period ( C-800-1100 A D). In the 10th Century A D Shiwalik areas came under the influence
of Pratiharas. During that period, the art of the local tribes took a definite shape.
In AD 965, Jaipal came to the throne and thus the Hindu Shahi style penetrated into
the valley of Dholbaha. In AD 988, the rulers of Parmaras remained paramount power
up to AD 1260. It is said that before the first Muhammadan invasion in 1174 AD, Raja
Shankar Dass built a fort on the site of the present town of Garhshankar, but it
was taken by Mahmud Ghazni. After that this region was invaded by many Muslim rulers
time to time and later on in 19th century was under Sikh rule before being occupied
by Britishers until 1947.
Guru Hargobind Ji also visited Mukerian in the Hoshiarpur District from where he
recruited the able bodied persons for his army. In almost all the six battles which
the Guru fought against the Mughals, the solidiers in the army from the district
played a significient role in achieving victory for the Guru. In 1699 - Creation
of Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh Ji on Baisakhi day in 1699 at Anandpur Sahib to fight
against the tyranny of the Mughals and to abolish caste system. The Guru initiated
five Sikhs, among them one Sahib Singh, barber of village Nangal Shahidan belonged
to Hoshiarpur District . 1708-1711 - Banda Bahadur was commissioned by Guru Gobind
Singh from Deccan to the Punjab in d1708 to punish those who had persecuted the Sikhs
and executed his father and innocent children. Banda Bahadur used the Jalandhar Doab
as the base from which he led expeditions against the Mughal forces.
In 1809 it was occupied by Ranjit Singh. The maharaja and his successors maintained
a considerable cantonment I m. S.E. of the town, and the British government kept
it up for several years after the annexation of the Punjab in 1849. There are manufactures
of cotton goods, inlaid woodwork, lacquered ware, shoes and copper vessels.
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Banks in Hoshiarpur
Most of the banks in Hoshiarpur provide Automated teller machine facility for the
convenience of the customers. Through the ATM facility the customers can withdraw
money 24 hours. Some of the banks also offer credit card and debit card facility.
The Banks also provide loan to the agriculturists and landless agricultural laborers
who need money. Internet banking is another facility catered by the banks, which
has made the whole process of banking very convenient. Some of the banks have introduced
core banking which has resulted in the operation of banking process easier all over
The town is known for manufacture of wooden toys, in-lay and lacquer finished furniture
and musical instruments such as Harmonium, Tabla, Sitar etc.
Also there are manufactures of cotton goods, inlaid woodwork, lacquered ware, shoes
and copper vessels. Hoshiarpur is also known as an ancient manufacturing town where
colorful lacquer (formerly ivory) finished plastic inlay furniture is made.
Phone and Communication
Hoshiarpur is connected to world through very good Landline and Wireless communication
There are various land line and Wireless Phone service providers like BSNL,Airtel,Spice,Hutch,Reliance
and Vodaphone .Most of the mobile (cell phone) services have good range in all the
The district of Hoshiarpur has a mild climate compared to other districts in the
state of Punjab. Much of this is due to the abundance of hilly terrain and sizeable
forest cover. Temperatures drop as low as 0oC in the winter.
The pattern of seasons in the district is similar to that of other districts in Punjab,
except slight variations at the terminals. The year may be divided into three main
seasons in the district of Hoshiarpur. The summer season sets in April and lasts
up to end of June, to be taken over by the rainy season (during which time it becomes
hot and humid). The rainy season sets in the beginning of July and lasts up till
September's end. The winter season starts after the rains are over from October and
lasts up until March's end. May and June are the hottest months of the year in Hoshiarpur
(during which time mercury is known to cross 45 °C).
Moreover, the local climate here is very suitable for citrus fruit cultivation and
a large area is covered with the same. Although, Hoshiarpur has always been known
for the distinctive variety of Mangoes.