Visiting Places

Visiting Places

 

Patiala The early history of the Patiala state isconsidered more of a myth than fact. Baba Ala Singh, a man with vision andcourage assumed the leadership in 1714 and carved out an independentprincipality from a petty Zamindari of 30 villages.His successors were instrumental in the expansion of Patiala into a big state. The state's borderstouched the Shivaliks in north, Rajasthan in theSouth and upper courses of the Jamuna and Sutlej.The state of Patialaassumed prominence on the Indian map during the reign of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh (1900-1930). The rich architectural legacyof the place is to his credit only. Also his son facilitated the process ofnatural integration of the state by signing the instrument of accession. 

  

Tourist Attractions:


The Moti Bagh Palace

 

The Moti Bagh Palace, built in the 19th century, is amust visit in Patiala.Made on the lines of the famous Shalimar Gardens of Lahore it now houses theNational Institute of Sports and the Art Gallery.


Sheesh Mahal

 

TheSheesh Mahal MedalCollection was put together by Sir Bhupindar Singh,Maharaja of Patiala ( 1891 - 1938 ) in the 1920s, withthe assistance of the auctioneer Spink of London.

Hisson, Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, who died in 1974,subsequently bequeathed the medal collection to the people of the Punjab on Indiagaining independence in 1947. The medal collection now resides in the Sheesh Mahal Museumat Patiala.Although notionally open to the public, gaining entrance to the museum can bedifficult. Although efforts have been made to contact the Sheesh Mahal Museum, replies have not beenforthcoming.

A few years ago the government of Punjab madenoises about transferring the Sheesh Mahal Collection to the State capital Chandigarh, wherethe medal collection would be seen by many more visitors. However, it isbelieved that Amarindar Singh, the son of Yadavindra Singh, pointed out that the bequest in 1947stipulated the collection remain in Patiala andthreatened that any attempt to move it to Chandigarh would negate thebequest, and the collection would revert to to hisprivate ownership.

  

Gurudwara DukhniwaranSahib

 

The capital of the former princelystate, Patiala has a magnificent historical shrine, GurudwaraDukh Niwaran. It is builton the spot graced by ninth Guru Sri Tegh Bahadurji. The Gurudwara stands adjoining a tank, where adip is considered must by devoted pilgrims. Another Gurudwara having historical background iscalled Gurudwara Motibagh. It is partly designedlike the "Sheesh Mahal'and has some fine miniatures.  
Today
Patiala
is one of the important cities of Punjab. The Punjabi University is located onthe outskirts of this city. The Motibagh Palaceof the former Maharaja now houses the National Institute of Sports and the Punjab Art Gallery. The Gallerycontains valuable paintings and illustrated manuscripts, dealing with the lifeand times of Sikh Gurus. A Regional Cultural Centre has recently beenestablished here.

Kali Devi Temple

 

Kali Devi Temple

Address

Opposite Baradari garden on the Mall Road of Patiala.

City

Patiala

State

Punjab

Location

North India

Altitude

 

Year of Construction

 

Constructed By

The rulers of the Patiala State.

Type of Construction

Ancient

Type of Building

Temple