(Last Updated on : 14-02-2014)
Quite a number of towns and villages have developed in the state of Punjab
. One such wonderful village is Handiaya, which is located in the Sangrur district of the same state. The Handiaya city again is ruled by a nagar panchayat. To be specific, this Handiaya villages can be located almost six kilometers , south western part of Barnala.
If one is totally unaware of the demographical situation of the Handiaya village, his knowledge about the whole city becomes incomplete. According to the Census report of Indian Territory that came out in the year 2001, the total population of the Handiaya has been counted to be 9725. Female populace comprises of 46 percent while males constitutes of 54 percent. Children below the age of six years constitutes of sixteen percent of the total population of Handiaya city. Literacy rate too can be known from this report. What is to be noted that the average literacy rate, which has been counted to be 50 percent, is lower than the average literacy rate of the nation. Average literacy rate of the nation is 59.5 percent. Out of it, the male literacy rate is 54 percent, and female literacy rate is 45 percent.
There is a saying popular amongst the Handiaya villagers about the origination of this village. It has been said that the 9th Sikh Guru, namely, Guru Tegh Bahadur, consecrated this village with his holy presence in the year 1665. There is an important place of interest of the Handiaya village. It resides a 64 m square pond , better known as sarovar. All the devotees of the Handiaya city have got the belief that this pond has therapeutic power to get rid of a range of diseases. According to the popular legend, Guru Tegh Bahadur stopped in an orchard near this pond. Another place of attraction that has drawn attraction of so many devotees over the years , is a gurdwara . It is called Sahib Guru Sar Pakka Patches IX. Built by the ruler of Patiala, In Handiaya , this gurdwara comprises of five meters vaulted room and a podium where the Holy Guru Granth Sahib is preserved. Majority of the villagers of the Handiaya love to spent their times in celebrating festivals and all the other joyful occasions. At the time of Amavasi, unique assemblies usually take place. Apart from Amavas, fairs are also organized at purnmashi eacah and every month for 1 day each in the remembrance of a 'saint', namely, Sant Kaleranwale. In his honor also a 'gurudwara' has been built in the Handiaya village.
Durga Ka Mela is another popular fair in the village of Handiaya. It is also organized for 1 day in the temple, which has been consecrated to the deity Durga during the months of March and April and also during September and October. Within the temple premises all the villages of Handiaya execute 'mundan' ritual of their children. Myriads of people from every part of the area participated in this festival with lots of vigor and enthusiasm. In order to facilitate the connectivity of the Handiaya village, both rods and railway facilities are being provided. For instance, Barnala Railway Station is the adjacent 'railhead'. Also the near most airport is situated at Ludhiana.