(Last Updated on : 02/12/2008)
Beas is a small town situated in the Amritsar District of the state of Punjab in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent. There are a total of nineteen districts in the state of Punjab and the Amritsar district is one of them. The district spreads over an area of 5075 sq km. According to the 2001 census, the total population of the Amritsar district is 3,074,207. The headquarters of the district are located in the city of Amritsar.
The town of Beas is positioned between the cities of Jalandhar and Amritsar along the bank of the Beas River. It is on the National Highway 1 of India on the Grand Trunk Road, which runs from the city of Kolkata in India to Afghanistan. At a distance of five miles on the east, there is a small town called Dera Baba Jaimal Singh, which is the headquarters of the Radha Soami Satsang Beas, a spiritual group with a number of Hindu and Sikh followers. Each year millions of people travel to Beas to attend the satsangs (discourses) at the Dera. Beas is also famed for the Radhasoami Charitable Hospital, which was built in the 80s by the Radhasoami Society.