Mansa is situated in the cotton belt of Punjab and therefore fondly called the "Area
of white gold". Indeed agriculture forms the backbone of the district economy. During
the months of November and December a visitor to this part of Punjab shall be the
proud witness to the pristine, milky white bloom of cotton, as nature blossoms in
her full glory. The view is indeed breath taking. While traversing the countryside,
one gets a feeling of sailing through clouds. The population is Punjabi-speaking
and is wedded to the culture of the Malwa belt of Punjab. Industrially, the district
is very deficient, yet some trade and industry is being carried out in Urban areas.
Joga Joga is situated at a distance of 19 km from Mansa and lies on the Mansa-Barnala
road. A fair known as 'Palara Fair' is held here on Chet Sudi 14 (March-April),
which lasts for three days. It is associated with the Pandavas, who are said to have
stayed here. A large number of persons, both Hindus and Sikhs, attend the fair and
take bath in the holy tank.
Budha and Ladha were allegedly two brothers who were khatri by caste. The village
was purportedly named after thes two brothers. Some of the population of the village
was of Mazhabi and Ramdasia caste origins. It was a part of the former Kaithal state.
The ruler of the Kaithal state did not help the British during the insurgency of
1857. So the British annexed the kingdom. Later on, it was merged with Karnal District.
It was the largest market of East Punjab. It was a very big recruitment centre for
military personnel - which was second to only to Rohtak in India. The prestigious
Ashoka Chakra Award was conferred on Hawaldar Joginder Singh Datewas who was recruited
from Budhlada. Budhlada city is 70km away from Bathinda and is situated on Bathinda-Delhi
rail line. The border of Haryana state is 25km away from the city. As per 1991 census,
the total population of the city is 18,123. The sub division came into being on 1992-04-13.
Sardulgarh Sardulgarh is situated at a distance of 40 km from its district headquarters,
Mansa. Headquarters of the subdivision /tahsil of the same name, Sardulgarh town
lies on the Mansa-Sirsa highway. It is connected by roads with Patiala (151 km) and
Chandigarh (215 km).
Bhikhi Bhikhi is situated at a distance of 19 kms from Mansa and it is located on
Sunam-Bathinda road. Its population as per 1991 Census was 11,547 persons as against
8,993 in 1981. It has a nagar panchayat since 1993. Bhikhi is blessed by the Divine
touch of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji. Its foundation was laid by a Jat of Chahal sub-caste
named Bhikha. When Guru ji came to Bhikhi, Bhikha served him whole-heartedly. Bhikha
himself was a follower of 'Sakhi Sarvar' but with the blessings of Guru he became
the Sikh follower.
Gurdwara Sahib Naunvi Patshahi, Bhupal
Gurdwara Patshahi Nauvin is situated in village Bhupal, 13KM north of Mansa town
in Mansa district of Punjab. It is 2.5 km from Mansa-Barnala road. From Bhiki it
is 11KM and from Kyalla 3KM.
Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji during his travels in Malwa region in the year 1672/73 stayed
for a short while in the village Bhupal. Guru Ji came to this place from village
Maur. Unfortunately villagers did not give due importance to Guru Ji, therefore he
left the place and moved to the outskirts of the village.
When Zamindar of the village and others came to know about the poor behavior of some
of the villagers then he expressed his unhappiness and sent a Ramdasia Sikh named
Biran Singh to Guru Ji. Biran Singh was told to persuade Guru Ji to come back to
their village. Biran Singh accordingly went and met Guru Ji on the way and prayed
not to go away. As per the saying, Guru Ji did not go to Bhupal but spent a night
over there only. Biran Singh whole-heartedly served Guru Ji, as a result of which
Guru Ji blessed him. Thereafter Guru Ji proceeded for his onward journey to Kyalla.
To commemorate the visit of the Guru Ji a shrine has been built here called Gurdwara
Nauvin Patshahi. Prakash Divas of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Shahidi Divas of Guru Arjan
Dev Ji and Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji are organized here. Besides Gurpurabs, Jor mela is
also held during the winter season in the month of January/ February and large number
of people joins from all over the places.
Gurdwara Sulisar Sahib, Kot Dharmun Guru Teg Bahadur Ji set out from Talwandi Sabo
and reached Kot Dharmun via Behniwal. According to a saying one thief, who was following
Guru Ji, stole his horse. On being caught he accepted death penalty on himself. Because
he suicided by hanging himself on a tree, 'Jand' so this beautiful gurudwara came
to known as Sulisar. People from the whole area come to the fair on Dasmi.
Gurdwara Jhanda Sahib, Jhanda Kalan Gurdwara Jhanda Sahib is built here at Jhanda
Kalan. This Gurudwara is associated with the visit of Guru Gobind Singh to this place.
A religious Diwan is held here annually for three days i.e. on Katak 20-22 (October-November).
Monthly fair is also held on Amavas day and a large number of people visit the gurdwara.
The samadhof Baba Walait Shah is also existed there.
Mandir Mata Shitla, Kulana Kulana is situated at the distance of 5 km from Budhlada
on the Budhlada-Bareta link road. It is known as Shitla Mata Mandir. Here devotees
seek blessings of Mata by offering sweet rice, rotis, ladoos, pudas, etc. The people
throng the place from far and wide.
Samadh of Baba Dhiana, Jhunir Jhunir is a very ancient village. Dhaliwal Jats founded
it. Their ancestor was Baba Dhian Dass whose samadh is still in the village. As told
by the elders of the village, while playing hide and seek in childhood, Baba Dhian
Dass hide himself in a pit. His friends were unable to trace him. They told this
story to the elders of the village. Elders of the village came to that pit and asked
Baba Ji to come out. But a heavenly voice told them to build a samadh there.
Jai Durga Maisar Mandir, Ubbah This mandir is situated at the distance of about 12
km from Mansa. It is said about this place that when Mata Jawala Ji was returning
after blessing her follower at Maisar Khana, she halted for some time at this place
to take rest. Later, Mata Bimla Devi of village Ubbah got constructed a temple at
this place. Thousands of people, from far off places gathered at this temple to seek
the blessings of the Mata. Two fairs are also held in the month of Chet and Katak.
Other Famous Tourist Sights Near Mansa
Gurudwara Damdama Sahib
Situated approximately 30 kms South of Bathinda at Talwandi Sabo,this famous Gurudwara
is one of the five Takhts. Guru Gobind Singh the last Sikh guru dictated the holy
book of Sri. Guru Granth Sahib to Bhai Mani Singh at this location approx in years
1705 AD to 1706 AD . A socio -religious fair is held here on the 13th April (Vasakhi)
The Maisar Khana mandir 29 km from Bathinda on Bathinda-Mansa Road. According to
a legend, the jyoti of Mata Jawala appeared to give darshan to a poor devotee who
could not reach durga temple at Jawala Ji.
Every year, Two Melas are held where lacs of devotees come to have Darshan of Jawala
Fort Qila Mubark
It is an oldest and highest small brick monument. History of which is quite amazing.
Raja Binepal , a Bhatti Rajput built it about 1800 , years ago. The first women emperor
Razia Sultana was imprisoned here in 1239 AD by the then Governor Altunia, she jumped
from the Summan Burj and later on died at Sirsa fighting with royal forces. The Tenth
Sikh Guru Shri Guru Gobind Singh came in this fort in June, 1705 and threw out a
Monster Kana Deo and blessed the area with prosperity. Maharaja Ala Singh of Patiala
State caputured this Fort in 1754 and named the Fort Gobindgarh , earlier it was
called Bakramgarh.The Gurudwara was constructed by Maharaja Karam Singh of Patiala
on the top of the Fort. This is situated in the heart of the city.
Rose Garden This
garden boasts of large number of varieties of Roses. It is very near the city and
is visited by large number of people on weekends. The 10 acre garden is located close
to Thermal Plant. It has a vast variety of rose plants and is a good picnic spot.
It is a plant nursery of the forest department located approximately 10 kms away
from the Bathinda Cantonment and is a popular picnic spot. This place is a small
zoo in the amidst of small forest . Although started with a gusto this place conditions
is as of any government sector organization . This place can be an ideal tourist
place , if properly developed.
Gurudwara Haji Rattan There is a historic gurudwara
known as Gurudwara Haji Rattan named after Haji Rattan, a sadhu who used tomeditate
here. It is also associated with the visits of Guru Nanak Dev, Guru Hargobind and
Guru Gobind Singh. It is said when Guru Nanak Dev during his first journey (Udasi)
visited this place, Haji Rattan hurled a big stone at the Guru to frighten him away.
But Guru Nanak Dev picked the same up and hurled it back to Haji Rattan who became
unconscious. The Guru brought Guru's pardon and requested him to get him rid of the
drudgery of life.