Punjab derives its name from the amalgamation of two words- “punj” meaning five and “aab” meaning water. It is the home of one of the most jovial and good natured people found in the entire country. Here is a list of some amazing and interesting facts about Punjab.
12 Interesting, Amazing, Lesser Known and Basic Facts About Punjab
- Punjab literally means the land of five rivers. Satluj, Beas, Ravi, Chenab and Jhelum make this land one of the most fertile plains throughout India. It is located between the states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Rajasthan.
- Punjab state was formed by British post-independence by dividing Punjab province between India and Pakistan. Despite being separated by international borders, both the states of Punjab exhibit many similarities.
- Punjab was divided into Haryana and Himachal Pradesh in 1966 on the basis of languages spoken in those particular regions.
- Punjab is the food bowl of India. The soil in the region is highly fertile, earning the state the name of “India’s bread-basket”. Major crops grown here include rice, sugarcane and wheat.
- Punjab produces 2% of the world’s cotton and wheat and 1% of its rice. It has the lowest level of hunger in India.
- One of the interesting facts about Punjab is that it flourished greatly during the green revolution in the 1970’s. Agriculture is the major industry with 84% of land under cultivation.
- Apart from agriculture, Punjab also has a large number of steel rolling plants located in Mandi Gobindgarh, Fathgarh Sahib District, which is known as the “steel town”.
- Punjab formed parts of the great Indus Valley civilization.The Aryans settled in Punjab around 1500 B.C
- Another interesting fact about Punjab is that, it finds mention as the “Sapt Sindhu” or the land of 7 rivers in the ancient Hindu text Rig Veda.
- The oldest university of the world – Takshashila flourished in the great land of Punjab, even before Buddha was born.
- Punjab plays host to a number of leading institutes for higher education like, Punjab Agriculture University, Punjab Technical University, NIT Jalandhar, etc.
- Amritsar is not only one of the leading tourist destinations of Punjab but of India as well and you will be amazed to know that it attracts more visitors than even Taj Mahal. Amazing. Isn’t it?
Punjab is more than just Punjabi music and food; you need to visit the state to know of the generous nature of its people. Cheers to Punjab and Punjabis all over the world!
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Article Title: 12 Interesting, Amazing, Lesser Known and Basic Facts About Punjab
Article first published on March 2, 2017.