The anterior Devi Talab Mandir had been
invaded several times by Foreign Rulers, but from the
shambles has emerged a new gilded Mandir famous for
influx of record number of devotees. Hariballabh Sangeet
Sammelan is held every year in the precincts of Devi
Talab Mandir for the last 125 years. Sodal Mandir is
also thronged by millions every year on the occasion
of Anant Chaturdashi.
The city is famous for sports goods, oldest Military
Cantonment, PAP and BSF Head Quarters, and as a centre
of vernacular publications. This city has twelve kots
and twelve gates. Jalandhar is the biggest printing
centre of Northern India and most of the vernacular
papers, magazines in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu are published
here. The renowned newspapers are Hind Samachar, Punjab
Kesri, Jag Bani, Partap & Veer Partap, Ajit, Akali
Patrika, Nawan Zamana and Milap.
There are large number of colleges, polytechnics, Academic
and Ayurvedic colleges. There are very important colleges
for women such as Hansraj Mahila Vidyalya, Kanya Maha
vidyalya, Lyalpur Khalsa College and S.D. College. There
is also a college for Teacher Training and a college
of Sports. Jalandhar is famous for export of quality
sports goods all over the world. The monuments in and
around the city include 800 years old Imam Nasir Mosque,
Devi Talab Mandir and two century old Jama Masjid.
An ancient monument in the City is the temple of Vrinda,
wife of Jalandhara, in the Kot Kishan Chand locality.
It is now also known as Tulsi Mandir. On one side of
the temple is a tank which is said to have been the
bathing place of the demon Jalandhara.
At some distance is the temple of Gupha, with the image
of Annapurna, the goddess of plenty, installed in it.
Also nearby lies the Brahm Kund and some temples dedicated
Near the Balmiki gate is the Sheetla Mandir, said to
be as old as the City of Jalandhar. Within its premises
are also two small old temples of Hanuman and Shiva.
Durgiana Mandir, Amritsar
Built in the third decade of the 20th Century, this
temple echoes not the traditional Hindu temple architecture,
but that of the Golden temple. It rises from the midst
of a tank and has canopies and the central dome in the
style of the Sikh temple. Its foundation stone was laid
by one of the greatest reformers and political leaders
of resurgent India, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. It is
a well-known repository of Hindu scriptures.