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About Garhshankar

The town of Garhshankar is a municipal council in the Hoshiarpur district of Punjab. This town is believed to be founded by King Shankar Sahai who belonged to Doad dynasty. That’s how the name of the town was derived. Gargh which means 'home' in Hindi and Shankar the name of the King. So, literally, the name Garhshankar means "home of Shankar". The city was founded by the king in the 1000.AD. Garhshankar was a tehsil between the periods of 1849–1947 under the British rule. Under the rule of King Shankar, this region was ruled as one from the headquarters Garhi Mansowal. Today, the families belonging to the Doad clan live in the upscale locality of the town-Block 22. In the earlier days these places were called as Beets.

About Garhshankar
Entrance gate of Khatkar Kalan

History of Garhshankar

When Maharaja Ranjit Singh was plotting to conquer the sub-mountainous region of Kandi the Doads of Mansowal helped him by sending fifteen horse riders to accomplish his task. In return, the Maharaja granted the Doads lands of Mansowal as gift of gratitude. The British Empire also gifted the Doads property of eight villages. In the year 1775 the Doad King was killed when the Rana of the Ghorewahas conquered Garhshankar. During the unfortunate incident of slaughter of Doads at Garhshankar, five grandsons of the last King were not killed. The wife of youngest Doad king who was also killed in the attack survived as she was away in Ajnoha at her parents’ home. At that time she was expecting her child and soon after delivered a son. Raja Bhinsi who was the descendent of Hawaha and also the King of Ghorewaha defeated the family of Doad and took over Garhshankar. Rai Roopchand Singh who was the grandson of Raja Bhinsi converted to Islam religion in 1605. He changed his name to Rai Abid Khan. After his death in the year 1937, Sardar Bahadur S.M Niaz Ahmed Khan constructed his tomb (mazzar). It is believed that after partition, Rai Roopchandmigrated to Pakistan and lived in different places that include, Faislabad, Montgomery, Arifwala and Lahore. District Government of Hoshiarpur took the responsibility of maintaining the mazzar and appointed Mr. Suddam as the caretaker. After his death, his son his son,Ripu Suddam Sharma took over the responsibility.

Banks in Garhshankar

To ensure continuous flow of currency various leading banks have set up their branches all across Garhshankar. Apart from normal banking facilities like opening accounts, preparing demand drafts they also have locker facilities to offer. Visit them to save your hard earned money.

Punjab National Bank (PNB)

Address: Main Bazar, Garshankar, Punjab 144527
Phone: 01884-282077
IFSC Code: PUNB0342600
MICR Code: 144024652

UCO Bank

Address: Railway Road, Garshankar Hoshiarpur – 144527
Phone: 01884-282304
IFSC Code: UCBA0002304
MICR Code: 144028176

Axis Bank

Address: GROUND Floor, Khasra No. 368/3/1, 369/1 Garhshankar - Chandigarh Road, Near Lic Office, Garhshankar 144527
Phone: 01884-284 421/ 22/ 23
IFSC Code: UTIB0000610
MICR Code: 144211602

Central Bank of India

Address: Railway Road, Garhshankar Punjab 144527
Phone: (01884) 282348
IFSC Code: CBIN0281177


Address: Sunder Niwas, Railway Road, Hoshiarpur, Garahshankar - 144527
Phone: 01884-283700
IFSC Code: HDFC0001410
MICR Code: 144240601

Indian Bank (IB)

Address: Opp. Bus Stand, Garhshankar, Hoshiarpur 144527
Phone: 01884 283119
IFSC Code: IDIB000N101
MICR Code: 144019004

Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC)

Address: Garhshankar Rly Road Distt - Hoshiarpur Punjab 144527
Phone: 1884-282778
IFSC Code: PUNB0017800
MICR Code: 144022651

Punjab National Bank (PNB)

Address: Garhshankar Rly Road Distt - Hoshiarpur 144527
Phone: 01884-282034
IFSC Code: PUNB0017800
MICR Code: 144024651

State Bank of India (SBI)

Address: Hans Raj Arya School, Tehsil Garhshankar, Hoshiarpur Punjab 144527
Phone: 01883-284028-284029
IFSC Code: SBIN0010611
MICR Code: 144002112

Vijaya Bank

Address: Near Lic Building, Hoshiarpur Road, Garhshankar, Dist. - Hoshiarpur
IFSC Code: VIJB0007518

State Bank of Patiala (SBP)

Address: Near Civil Court, Garhshankar
Phone: 01884-282038, 5401103-04
IFSC Code: STBP0000081
MICR Code: 144007112

Address: Vpo Tuto Mazara, Garhshankar
Phone: 01884-248092, 5401269
IFSC Code: STBP0000399

ATMs in Garhshankar

Axis Bank
Address - Anandpur Sahib Chowk, Nr. Nains Seed Store, Garhshankar 144527

Oriental Bank of Commerce

Address - G T Road, Garhshankar, Punjab 144527

Vijaya Bank

Address - Near Lic Building, Hoshiarpur Road, Garhshankar , Punjab 144527

Demography of Garhsankar

As per the 2011 census, the total population of Gharshankar is 3,02,396. The male population of this town constitutes to 52% and the female population constitutes to 48%. The average literacy rate of Gharshankar is 73% which is around 59.5% higher than the national literacy rate. Male literacy rate is 76% and the female literacy rate is 70%.

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