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The city of Mansa is a municipal council and thus the administrative headquarters of the Mansa District in Punjab. It is believed that the erstwhile town of Mansa was established by Bhai Gurdas of Dhingar. There is an interesting story behind this. It is said that Bhai Gurdas got married here. After his marriage, his in-laws did not allow him to take away his bride with him. He responded by sitting in meditation in front of his in-laws’ house. His in-laws finally agreed to agree to send off their daughter with her husband. However, by this time Bhai Gurdas had changed his mind and refused to accept her. He declared that he had abandoned the worldly ways of life after the meditation. To commemorate the memory of Bhai Gurdas, a “Smadh” was built and a fair is still organized in the months of March-April every year. Hundreds of people visit this fair and pay offerings of “gur” and “laddus” at the “Smadh”.

The Mansa district has three “tehsils”, namely Sardulgarh, Budhlada and Mansa. Sardulgarh, previously known as Rori Dhudal, formed a part of the princely state of Patiala in the pre-independence era. Sardul Singh, the son of the Maharaja of Patiala, visited this place for hunting expeditions. Sardulgarh was named after Sardar Sardul Singh and initially was a sub-tehsil. It became a Sub-Division in 1993 and subsequently a Nagar Panchayat in 1996.

Budhlada was named after the two “khatri” brothers Budha and Ladha. A part of the Kaithal State, Budhlada was populated by the Ramdasias and Majhbis. The Kaithal King had not helped the British during the revolt of 1857 and thus the British had taken over the kingdom. Budhlada, which was later merged into the Karnal District, was the biggest market in East Punjab. It is famous as one of the largest recruitment centers for the Indian army.

Mansa is famous for its Cricket Academy which has nurtured many talented and promising cricketers. A city with a rural background, Mansa is lagging behind in trade and industry. There is a dearth of quality educational institutes and colleges in the area. Many girls are unable to pursue higher education for want of good educational institutes in the area.

Mansa is accessible from New Delhi and Chandigarh. It is well connected to other cities of Punjab by bus services. Once in Mansa, you must visit Hari-Ke-Patan, the biggest freshwater wetlands in North India. The Water City is also an irresistible attraction with its wide variety of water slides. A trip to Mansa remains incomplete without a visit to the Wagah Border.

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