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HISTORY

The District derives its name from the headquarters town of Faridkot founded by Mokalsi, grandson of Raja Manj, who ruled this territory during the 13 th century and built a fort here. Among the men forced to work as labourers on the construction of this fort was one Baba Farid. He was observed to possess miraculous powers which were demonstrated amongst other ways by the fact that the basket full of mud which he was given to carry floated above his head without visible support.

He was, therefore allowed to depart. The name of the place was changed to Faridkot after Baba Farid. It remained the capital during the reign of Mokalsi's son Jairsi and Wairsi.The history of the Faridkot District pertaining to the ancient period has been traced to the Indus Valley Civilization. A few sites explored in the Moga Tehsil(Now a separate District) link it with Indus Valley Civilization sites explored in the Rupnagar District. A vast area, including the present area of Faridkot District was under the influence of Indus Valley Civilization.

 

Govt. Institutes

 

 

State Civil Secretariat


The reign of Raja Harinder Singh is known for several new building projects. In 1934, a splendid building of the State Secretariat was constructed at a cost of Rs. 3.50 Lakh. This building now houses the  offices of the judiciary.

 

 

District Administrative Complex


This complex is also known as Mini Secretariat and is situated just opposite the State Civil Secretariat building. This three storeyed building with a basement was completed at the cost of Rs. 6.40. Crores and was inaugurated on 28.03.1997. The offices of the Civil and Police Administration and other Govt. Departments are housed in this complex.

 

 

 

Darbar Ganj


This beautiful bungalow is a well laid out garden place. All the rooms are finished in the most modern style. The guests from the sisterly states used Darbar Ganj for stay. The building has now been converted into Circuit House.Now This complex also houses the office of Commissioner Faridkot, Division Faridkot.

 

 

 

 

Police Lines


This building complex was originally constructed in 1932-34 by Raja Sir Harinder Singh to house poor and orphans. Later on it was used as B.Ed. College. Now this building houses Police Lines and Residential Complex of the Police personnel.

 

Tourist Places

 

 

Qilla Mubarak


The fort with its impressive architecture still adorns the city of Faridkot. Its foundation is believed to have been laid by Raja mokalsi, Raka Hamir Singh renovated it and got it extended. Later ruler like Raja Bikram Singh. Raja Balbir singh got constructed many new buildings. It housed the royal Place. Tosha Khana, Modi Khana & Treasury Buildings. There is a garden within the four walls of the fort. All the buildings are very well build and well furnished.

 

 

Raj Mahal


‘Raj Mahal’ (royal Palace) was built during the reign of Maharaja Bikrama Singh during 1885-1889 under supervision of the, then Crown Prince (Later Maharaja) Balbir Singh, who incidentally was the first to move in and start living in it. Spread over nearly 15 acres, it presented a magnificent look with French design, dominating grassy lawns a mid semi desert area of the State. Its entrance called “Raj Deori” – itself is a heritage building of a vintage and now houses Balbir Hospital.

                            Raj Deori                                                           Raj Mahal

                                                                                               

 

Darbar Ganj


This beautiful bungalow is a well laid out garden place. All the rooms are finished in the most modern style. The guests from the sisterly states used Darbar Gang for stay. The building has now been converted into Circuit House.

 

 

 

 

 

Gurdwara Tilla (Chilla) Baba Farid


This is as old as the town-self. This place is situated near the Qilla Mubarak. Baba Farid remained at this place in meditation for 40 days before proceeding to Pakpattan. Besides place of Tilla Baba Farid. A sacred piece of wood with which Baba ji wiped his hands littered with mud has been preserved to - date. Shabad-Kirtan is recited get daily and Langer is also served every day to the people visiting this place. The poor also get daily langer, larger number of people visit this holy place on every Thursday to pay their obeisance to the great Sufi Saint.

 

 

Gurdwara Godari Sahib


This place is situated on the out skirts about 4 K.M. on Faridkot-Kotkapura road. It is believed that Baba Sheikh Farid left his godari (Jacket) there before entering Faridkot town. A beautiful gurdwara was constructed in 1982 and a Sant Sarover was later constructed at this place. Large numbers of people visit this place every Thursday and also take bath in this Sarover.

 

 

 

Gurdwara Guru Ki Dhab


10th Guru of Sikhs Sri Guru Gobind Singh said to have visited this place previously known as Doda Tal. This place is about 12 K.M. from Kotkapura on Kotkapura-Jaitu Road.

 

 

 

Gurdwara Tibbi Sahib


Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji is said to have visited Jaitu on 15th April, 1706. Here Guru Ji stayed at a Sand Dune (Tibba) near village Jaitu and practiced arrows shooting with other sikhs. People congregate here on 10th Phagun every year in memory of the sikhs who scarified their lives during Jaitu Morcha and this is known as Shaheedi Jor Mela.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gurdwara Godavarisar Patshahi Dasvin village Dhillwan Kalan:


This Gurdwara is situated at a distance of 5 K.M. from Kotkapura on Kotkapura-Bathinda Road. Guru Gobind singh is said to have handed over his clothes to a Sodhi family in the village. These clothes can still be seen with the Sodhi family.

 

 

 

Rajsthan and Sirhind Canals
Rajasthan Canal and Sirhind Feeder passes near the Faridkot town. Rajasthan canal was constructed during the year,1962 to carry the additional water from Sutluj and Beas river at Hari Ke Pattan to dry areas of Punjab

 

 

 

 

 

Fairy Cottage


This cottage is situtated 7 K.M. from Faridkot on Chahal Road. This beautiful cottage is constructed by Maharaja Brijinder Singh in 1910-11.

 

 

Check Tower


This tower is made at the entrance of the Fairy cottage which is also constructed by Maharaja Brijinder Singh.