Culture of Jalandhar

Culture of Jalandhar

The city of Jalandhar is a perfect blend of people of different religions and customs and is known for its hospitality. Visitors can experience the vibrant and diverse culture of this ancient city which is amply highlighted through the different dance forms, cuisines, festivals and handicrafts of this region.
The city of Jalandhar was ruled by various dynasties that ruled the region for a long period of time. The influence of these dynasties is clearly visible in the various monuments in the region.

Jalandhar was an important part of the Indus Valley Civilisation. This city formed the eastern territory of Alexander’s empire.  Jalandhar also witnessed an entire era of Mughal invasions.  A major Mughal contribution to the Jalandhar was their unique architecture. Many forts and structures and mausoleums in and around the city bear the footprints of the Mughal influence.

Jalandhar predominantly is a Sikh district. But the city also accommodates people following various religious faiths including Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism and so on. The main language spoken here is Punjabi. Apart from this Hindi is also widely spoken.  Jalandhar falls in the Doab Region so the dialect of Punjabi spoken here is called Doabi wherein B is spoken in place of V.

Cuisine in Jalandhar

Punjabis are known for their love for food and Jalandhar, a prototypical Punjabi city offers a banquet of delectable Punjabi cuisines. The city restaurants serve a wide variety of mouth-watering Punjabi delicacies like Makke di Roti, Sarson ka Saag, Rumali Roti, Naan, Kulcha, Punjabi Chhole, Dal Makhni, paneer items and so on. Jalandhar is also known for the various delicious Tandoori dishes.

Fairs and Festivals in Jalandhar

The culture of Jalandhar is depicted in its fairs and festivals. Punjabis celebrate their festivals with great vigour and fanfare. These festivals and fairs serve as excellent medium to amalgamate the diverse cultures and lifestyles of the region.

Culture of Jalandhar

Baisakhi festival which is celebrated in the month of April marks the beginning of harvesting season. The festivals also mark the foundation of the Khalsa community of the Sikhs by Guru Gobind Singh. Baisakhi is marked by a lot of feasting and merry making and celebrated with great fanfare. Dusshera and Diwali as well as the birth and death anniversaries of the gurus and saints are also celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm.

Harballabh Sangeet Mela usually celebrated from 27th December to 30th December every year is a famous festival of Jalandhar. The annual festival hosted on the grounds of the Devi Talab Mandir is held in the remembrance of Swami Harballabh, the revered Saint – Musician of Jalandhar. Baba Sodal Mela is celebrated in memory of the child deity in the month of September. This fair organized on the death anniversary of Baba Sodal at his Samadhi Sthan is thronged by devotees from far and wide.

Folk Dances in Jalandhar

Folk dances like the Bhangra, Jhumar, Gatka, Sammi, Gidda, Luddi, and many more are also widely enjoyed by the people of Jalandhar. These folk dances are a part of culture of Jalandhar and are performed on special occasions like Harvest festivals, Weddings, Fairs, Lohri, Spring Festival etc.

Famous People from Jalandhar

Jalandhar city is famous for its printing presses. That is the reason many writers flocked to Jalandhar from all over the Punjab and settled here and wrote great books. The writers from Jalandhar mainly write in Punjabi and Gurmukhi Script. One of the greatest Punjabi writers of the region is Kartar Singh Duggal. He contributed immensely to the Punjabi Literature. He is also credited for bringing All India Radio to Jalandhar.

Jalandhar is home to elite group of notable people who have excelled in different fields and carved out a separate niche for themselves. The great revolutionary Bhagat Singh was born in a village of Jalandhar.  Harbhajan Singh, the well-known cricketing star, was born in Jalandhar. Famous singer and actor of the yester years, K.L. Saigal, Jagjit Singh, famous producer and director from the field of Hindi film industry, Yash Chopra, famous film personality, social service worker and politician, Mr Sunil Dutt are some of the well-known known personalities who have their roots in Jalandhar.
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