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Malerkotla is located in Punjab
Location in Punjab, India
Malerkotla is located in India
Malerkotla (India)
Coordinates: 30°31′00″N 75°53′00″E / 30.5167°N 75.8833°E / 30.5167; 75.8833
Founded byDera Ismail Khan
Named forMaula Khan
 • TypeMunicipal Council
 • BodyMunicipal Council Malerkotla
 • City122 km2 (47 sq mi)
 • Urban
457 km2 (176 sq mi)
 • Metro
456 km2 (176 sq mi)
Area rank12th
 • City135,424
 • Rank31st
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationPB-28
Malerkotla in the district map of Sangrur, Punjab
Malerkotla in the district map of Sangrur, Punjab

Malerkotla is the district headquarters of Malerkotla district[1] in the Indian state of Punjab. It was the seat of the eponymous princely state during the British Raj. The state acceded to the union of India in 1947 and was merged with other nearby princely states to create the Patiala and East Punjab States Union (PEPSU).

When that political entity was reorganised in 1956, the territories of the erstwhile state of Malerkotla became part of Punjab.[2] It is located on the Sangrur-Ludhiana State Highway (no. 11) and lies on the secondary Ludhiana-Delhi railway line. It is about 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Ludhiana and 35 kilometres (22 mi) from Sangrur in Sangrur district.

In 2021, the city along with some adjoining areas were carved out of Sangrur district to form the Malerkotla district.[1]


Malerkotla, a Muslim majority state was established in 1454 A.D. by Sheikh Sadruddin-i-Jahan from Afghanistan,[3] and was ruled by his Sherwani descendants. The State of Malerkotla was established in 1600 A.D. During the 1947 riots when Punjab was in flames, the State of Malerkotla did not witness a single incident of violence; through it all, it remained a lone island of peace.[3][4]

The roots of communal harmony date back to 1705, when Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh 9 and 7 year old sons of 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, were ordered to be bricked alive by the governor of Sirhind Wazir Khan. While his close relative, Sher Mohammed Khan, Nawab of Malerkotla, who was present in the court, lodged vehement protest against this inhuman act and said it was against the tenets of the Quran and Islam. Wazir Khan nevertheless had the Sahibzadas tortured and bricked into a section of wall while still alive. At this the Nawab of Malerkotla walked out of the court in protest. Guru Gobind Singh on learning of this kind and humanitarian approach had blessed the Nawab and the people of Malerkotla that the city will live in the peace and happiness . In recognition of this act, the State of Malerkotla did not witness a single incident of violence during partition.[3]

Under British colonial rule, a Namdhari uprising was suppressed, and the colonial government ordered execution of 65 captured rebels and those thought to be involved with the rebellion. Mr. Cowan (the Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana) and Mr. Forsyth (the Commissioner of Ambala) ordered the Namdharis to be executed with cannons, without any trial, on 17 and 18 January 1872.[5]

During the partition of India, there were no riots or bloodshed in any part of Maler Kotla State. The last Nawab Iftkhar Ali Khan maintained calm and harmony during the turbulent period. He remained in India and died in the year 1982. His tomb is located in Shahi grave yard situated at Sirhandi gate, Maler Kotla. Many also attribute this peace to the presence of the shrine of Baba Haidar Sheikh, the Sufi saint, who founded the town of Malerkotla more than 500 years ago.[6][7]

A part of the ruling family of Sheikh Sadr-ud-Din Sherwani migrated to Pakistan and lived mostly in Model Town, Lahore, Muzzafargarh, Khangarh.[8]

Malerkotla is famous for its vegetables and badge-making industry,[9] besides its poets and monuments.[10]


As per provisional data of 2011 census Malerkotla urban agglomeration had a population of 135,424, out of which males were 71,376 and females were 64,048 . The literacy rate was 70.25 per cent.[11]

Religion in Malerkotla[12]
Religion Percent


Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan Institute of Advanced Studies, Malerkotla
Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan Institute of Advanced Studies, Malerkotla
Govt. College, Malerkotla
Govt. College, Malerkotla

Urdu is taught alongside Punjabi in Malerkotla schools due to the local Punjabi Muslim majority .[citation needed] The Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan Institute of Advanced Studies in Urdu, Persian and Arabic is part of Punjabi University, Patiala, and is named after one of the founders of Malerkotla State.[13] It provides facilities for higher research in the languages and literature of Urdu and Persian up to PhD level and additionally runs classes for M.A. (Persian), Certificate courses (Urdu, Persian and Arabic), MSc (IT) 2 years, MSc (IT) Lateral entry, PGDCA (1 year), CCA (6 months) and M.A (psychology).There are other schools like Sohrab Public Senior Secondary School , Al Falah Public senior secondary School, The town school, Sahibzada Fateh Singh senior secondary public school, Sita grammar school, Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir, Modern Secular school, DAV public school and many more.



Malerkotla is situated on Delhi-Jakhal-Dhuri-Ludhiana Railway line. The nearest railway junctions are Dhuri 18 Kilometers, Ludhiana 45 Kilometers.


The nearest airports to Malerkotla are:

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b "Malerkotla is Punjab's 23rd district". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 14 May 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 May 2021.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Malerkotla Punjab at
  3. ^ a b c Goyal, Sushil (19 August 2006). "'Malerkotla has Guru's blessings'". The Tribune. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  4. ^ A people's gratitude Archived 14 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine The Sikh Review, Issue No. 14, November 2003
  5. ^ Rebels Against the British Rule (1995). Bhai Nahar Singh & Bhai Kirpal Singh. Atlantic Publishers & Distributors; Page XXI
  6. ^ The Legend of Malerkotla: A Tale from the Punjab (2004) Archived 19 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine 48 min, DVD, ISBN 978-0-8026-0761-4.
  7. ^ Bigelow, Anna B (2 December 2000). "Malerkotla: A heritage going to seed". The Tribune. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  8. ^ Malerkotla Muslims.. Archived 2 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine The India Express, August 14, 1997.
  9. ^ Chhibber, Maneesh (19 August 2006). "Where peace reigns supreme". The Tribune. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  10. ^ Bigelow, Anna B (21 April 2001). "Tales lost to time". The Tribune. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (PDF). Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Malerkotla City Population Census 2011 - Punjab".
  13. ^ "Urdu academy for Malerkotla". The Indian Express. 20 January 1999.[permanent dead link]

Further reading

  • Kinship and the Political Order: The Afghan Sherwani Chiefs of Malerkotla (1454–1947), Contributions to Indian Sociology, Vol. 28, No. 2, 203–241 (1994).

External links

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