|• Total||64 km2 (25 sq mi)|
|Elevation||219 m (719 ft)|
|• Density||14,000/km2 (35,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-HR|
Panipat pronunciation (help·info), is a historic city in Haryana, India. It is 90 km north of Delhi and 169 km south of Chandigarh on NH-1. The three battles fought near the city in 1526, 1556 and 1761 were all turning points in Indian history. The city is famous in India by the name of "City of Weavers" and "Textile City". It is also known as the "cast-off capital" due to being "the global centre for recycling textiles".
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Places of interest
- 5 Panipat Syndrome
- 6 Gallery
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Panipat district was carved out from the erstwhile Karnal district on 1 November 1989. On 24 July 1991 it was again merged with Karnal district. On 1 January 1992, it again became a separate district. According to the legend, Panipat was one of the five cities (prasthas) founded by the Pandava brothers during the times of the Mahabharata; its historic name was Pandavaprastha (Sanskrit: पाण्डवप्रस्थ, lit. city of Pandavas) Panipat was the scene of three pivotal battles in Indian history. Panipat is first recorded in the Mahabharata as one of the five villages that the Pandavas demanded from Duryodhana. The five villages are the "panch pat":
- Panprastha (now known as Panipat)
- Sonaprastha (now known as Sonipat)
- Indraprastha (now known as Delhi)
- Vyaghraprastha became Baghpath (now known as Baghpat)
- Tilprastha (now known as Tilpat)
The First Battle of Panipat was fought on 21 April 1526 between Ibrahim Lodhi, the Afghan Sultan of Delhi, and the Turko-Mongol warlord Babur, who later established Mughal rule in Northern Indian subcontinent. Babur's force defeated Ibrahim's much larger force of over one lakh (one hundred thousand) soldiers. This first battle of Panipat thus ended the 'Lodi Rule' established by Bahlul Lodhi in Delhi.
The Second Battle of Panipat was fought on 5 November 1556 between the forces of Akbar and Hem Chandra Vikramaditya, a Hindu King of Delhi. Hemu, who had captured states like Agra and Delhi defeating Akbar's army and declared himself as independent king, had a large army, and initially his forces were winning, but suddenly he was struck by an arrow in the eye and fell unconscious. On not seeing him in his howdah on the back of an elephant, his army fled. He was executed shortly thereafter. His head was sent to Kabul to be hanged outside Delhi Darwaza, and his torso was hanged outside Purana Quila in Delhi.
The Third Battle of Panipat was fought on 14 January 1761 between the Maratha Empire and the Afghan and Baloch invaders. The Maratha Empire was led by Sadashivrao Bhau Peshwa and the Afghans were led by Ahmadshah Abdali. The Afghans had a total strength of 125,000 soldiers, and the Marathas had 100,000 soldiers and 25,000 pilgrims. The Maratha soldiers were unable to get food because of non-cooperation of other empires of Hindustan (India and Pakistan were not separated) and this resulted in having to eat the leaves off trees to survive. Both the sides fought their heart out. The Afghans were supported by Najib and Sujaudolla for the supply of food, and the Maratha had pilgrims along with them, who were unable to fight, including female pilgrims also. On the single day of 14 January, more than one lakh (100,000) of soldiers died resulting in the victory for the Afghans.
Panipat is located at  It has an average elevation of 219 metres (718 feet). Panipat district is all of over industrial areas for Panipat City, Panipat Refinery, Panipat Thermal, Samalkha, Israna, Bapoli and Madlauda etc..
Delhi-Panipat NH-44 highway under construction 8 to 12 lane.
Panipat-Jalandhar NH-44 highway under construction 6 to 10 lane.
Panipat-Rohtak NH-71A highway 4 to 6 Lane Operational In 2012.
Panipat City GT Road to Panipat Refinery IOCL 15 km long 4 lane road out of the city.
Panipat Elevated Expressway 10 km long total 12 lane provide on GT Road NH-1 Panipat, 6 lane road on flyover, 4 lane road under flyover and 2 lane service road. The newly constructed flyover across the Grand Trunk Road completed in the year 2008 is one of the six lane longest flyovers in [India] and asia's no.1 highway without any crossing.
National Capital Region Transport Corporation Delhi-Panipat Rapid Rail (RRTS) Project Purposed. Project length alignment 111 km and 16 stations. Project estimated cost will be 30,000 crore and construction work will be start in 2019.
High Speed Rail India Delhi-Amritsar High Speed Rail Corridor Also Purposed. Project length alignment 458 km and 7 stations. Project estimated cost will be 1 lakh crore. At Major Stops Delhi, Panipat, Ambala, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar.
Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) in Siwah And City Bus Terminal With Workshop In Sec 13-17 Under Construction In Panipat.
Panipat Is Well Connected By Rail Or Road Network For Major Cities Delhi, Sonipat, Kurukshetra, Ambala, Chandigarh, Mohali, Shimla, Meerut, Saharanpur, Muzzafarnagar, Haridwar, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Mathura, Agra, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Amritsar, Patiala, Jammu, Jaipur, Alwar, Jind, Narwana and Rohtak.
Places of interest
- Bu Ali Shah Kalandar Peer Dargah
- Panipat Museum
- Kala Aamb (three war battle place, 1526, 1556, 1761)
- Shri Ram Sharnam Temple
- Salar Gunj Gate (north gate)
- Insaar Bazaar (commercial market For Purchasing)
- Mittal Mega Mall (big bazaar) Sector -25, Panipat
- Gandhi Park and Library at Quila
- Ram Lal Chowk (commercial market for purchasing)
- Gurudwara Dera Baba Jodh Sachiyar Ji (religious place; Sikh temple)
- Tau Devi Lal Park (for walking for health)
- Hali Park (famous for the lake, which is now not working)
- Angel Prime Mall (Sector-12)
- Unity Group Mall (PVR) G.T Road, Panipat
- Suvidha Store Gohana Chowk, G.T Road, Panipat
- Quila (Panipat)- one public library also situated there
The Battle of Panipat Memorial society, set up by the Government of Haryana, highlights the major events that took place for over two hundred years which made Panipat a place of great historical importance.
A painting from Akbar's collection in the museum shows how Hemu's community and his supporters were beheaded and minarets were built of their heads to terrorise Hindus of that period.
Panipat Museum has been especially established for disseminating information about the archaeology, history, art and crafts of Haryana with special emphasis on the battles of Panipat which marked the turning point in Indian history, The display of antiquities, inscription, sculptures, arms and armors, pottery, old and valuable documents, jewellery and art and craft objects, have been augmented by maps, writeups, and photographs.
Through display an attempt has been made to provide an insight into the acts of bravery of some valiant and patriotic Maratha warriors who sacrificed their lives at Panipat. These include Sadashivrao Bhau, Peshwa Vishwasrao, Jankoji Rao Scindia, Shamsher Bahadur I (Krishna Rao) - son of Bajirao I and Mastani, Ibrahim Lodhi, Tukoji Shinde, Hemu, Vyankatrao Wable - a local hero also known as Samrat Hem Chandra Vikramaditya called so after winning 22 continuous battles and who belonged to Haryana, Raja SurjaMal of Bharatpur, Vikramaditya (Vikramajit) of Gwalior, Maharaja of Patiala, Sher Shah SURI.
Enlarged photographs of a large number of important miniatures, mostly from Babur-Nama and Akbar-Nama, relating to these battles and personalities connected therewith, have been obtained from the National Museum of New Delhi, The British Library, Victoria and Albert Museum of London.
A large number of contemporary weapons, armory, guns, etc. have been acquired through loan from the Archaeological Survey of India,
The Department of Archaeology and Museums, Haryana is also associated with this project, has donated a large number of items for display in this Museum. These include replicas of a large number of artifacts in the form of status, pottery, coins, etc. which were collected from the excavated sites in Haryana besides a number of blow-ups of building and sites of historical and archaeological importance. In addition, a large number of items of traditional art have been procured from various districts of haryana with the help of District Administration which exhibit a glimpse of haryana’s traditional art.
Hemu's Samadhi Sthal
The wounded Hemu (a Hindu hero also known as Samrat Hem Chandra Vikramaditya) was captured by Shah Quli Khan in the Second Battle of Panipat and carried to the Mughal camp at Shodapur on Jind Road at Panipat. According to Badayuni, Bairam Khan asked Akbar to behead Hemu so that he could earn the title of Ghazi. Akbar replied, "He is already dead, if he had any strength for a duel, I would have killed him." After Akbar's refusal Hemu's body was denied honour by the Mughal battle tradition and was unceremoniously beheaded by Bairam Khan. Hemu's head was sent to Kabul where it was hung outside the Delhi Darwaza while his body was placed in a gibbet outside Purana Quila in Delhi to terrorise Indians.
After Hemu's death, a massacre of Hemu's Hindu community and followers was ordered by Bairam Khan. Thousands were beheaded and towers of skulls were built with their heads, to instil terror among the Hindus and Afghans.
After few years Hemu's supporters, constructed a Samadhi (Hindu shrine) over the place where he was beheaded. The place and its surroundings have been slowly encroached upon by local people. This is the only memorial of Hemu in Panipat but it is in a bad condition.
Ibrahim Lodhi's Tomb
It was one of Sher Shah Suri’s dying regrets that he could never fulfill his intention of erecting a tomb to the fallen monarch Ibrahim Lodhi. Much later, in 1866, the British relocated the tomb which was just a simple grave during construction of the Grand Trunk Road and added a platform to it with an inscription highlighting Ibrahim Lodhi’s death in the Battle of Panipat.
Another memorial, however, is said to have existed which used to be a place of pilgrimage for the people of Gwalior since Vikramaditya, the last Raja ( king of the old dynasty of Gwalior ), fell in the same battle. This memorial, according to Alexander Cunningham, was destroyed when the Grand Trunk Road was made.
Babur's Kabuli Bagh Mosque
The garden of Kabuli Bagh along with the Kabuli Bagh Mosque and a tank were built by Babur after the First Battle of Panipat to commemorate his victory over Ibrahim Lodhi. Some years later when Humayun defeated Sher Shah Suri near Panipat, he added a masonry Platform to it and called it ‘Chabutra" Fateh Mubarak, bearing the inscription 934 Hijri (1557 CE). These buildings and the garden still exist under the name of Kabuli Bagh called so after Babur’s wife – Mussammat Kabuli begum.
Devi Mandir (Temple)
A temple dedicated to a local deity exists on the bank of a large tank. A Shiva temple believed to have been built by a Maratha warrior named Mangal Raghunath who had remained in Panipat after the battle, also exists besides it.
According to the tradition, the site 8 km from Panipat and 42 km from Karnal, where Sadashiv Rao Bhau commanded his Maratha forces during the third battle of Panipat was marked by a black Mango Tree (Kala Amb) which has since disappeared. The dark colour of its foliage was probably the origin of the name. The site has a brick Pillar with an iron rod and the structure is surrounded by an iron fence. The site is being developed and beautified by a society with the Governor of Haryana as its president. Ror Maratha community of Haryana organises a programme every year in memory of Maratha warriors on the day of 14 January at Kala Amb in which many people from Haryana and Maharashtra participate.
Salar Ganj Gate
This gate is situated in the middle of Panipat city. The gate still denotes its archaeological interest. A local market has developed around this gate.
Gurudwara Dera Baba Jodh Sachiyar Ji
Gurudwara Dera Baba Jodh Sachiyar Ji is one of the popular Sikh shrines of Panipat. People of Panipat visit this place regularly in huge numbers. There are many events and programs arranged by the followers in the premises of this Gurudwara to pay their devotion to god. This Gurudwara is a beautifully sculpted and artistically designed along with splendid interiors to mesmerize the onlookers. Devotees coming to this place get complete peace of mind in the house of Guru. People can attend regular bhajan and kirtan organized by saints at this Gurudwara.
Address: Gurudwara Dera Baba Jodh Sachiyar Ji, G.T. Road, Panipat, Haryana, India.
The term Panipat Syndrome has entered the lexicon as the lack of decisive action, preparedness and strategic thinking by Indian leaders thus allowing an invading army to enter well inside their territory. It was coined by Air Commodore Jasjit Singh.
Pillar set up in memory of the Battle of Panipat (1556)
Mural of 2nd Battle of Panipat (1556) at battle-site, Kala Amb, Panipat
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