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Dasuya is located in Punjab
Location in Punjab, India
Country  India
State Punjab
District Hoshiarpur
 • Total 120 km2 (50 sq mi)
Elevation 239 m (784 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 20,118
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
 • Official Punjabi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 144205
Telephone code 01883
Vehicle registration PB21
Sex ratio 1000: 960 /
Website .com.mcdasuyawww

Dasuya (Dasua) is a town and a municipal council in Hoshiarpur district in the state of Punjab, India.


  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Geography 3
  • Transport 4
  • Tourism 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


According to a report by The Tribune newspaper in 1977, the town is referred to in the ancient Indian epic, the Mahabharata, as being the seat of king Virata. In recognition of this, Dasuya is still referred to as Virat Ki Nagri today.[1]

In the closing decade of the fourteenth century, Dasuya at least twice witnessed the passage of an army during the struggle against the Muslim conquerors, Abu Bakar and Amir Taimur.[2] Later, in December 1557, the army of the incumbent Sultan Akbar, led by his governor of Lahore, Khizr Khan, camped at the town while dealing successfully with a threat posed by Sikandar Sur.[3]

More recently, Dasuya featured in debates related to the emergence of

  • Municipal Council Dasuya

External links

  1. ^ Sharma, Baldev Raj, ed. (1979). "Punjab Gazetteer: Hoshiarpur". Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Nijjar, Bakhshish Singh (1968). Punjab under the Sultans, 1000-1526 A.D. Delhi. pp. 59, 71. 
  3. ^ Nijjar, Bakhshish Singh (1968). Punjab Under the Great Mughals 1526-1707 A.D. Bombay. pp. 28–37. 
  4. ^ Verma, V. (1995). The emergence of Himachal Pradesh: a survey of constitutional developments. Indus Publishing. p. 243.  
  5. ^ Verma, V. (1995). The emergence of Himachal Pradesh: a survey of constitutional developments. Indus Publishing. p. 250.  
  6. ^ Rastogi, P. N. (1986). Ethnic Tensions In Indian Society. Delhi: Mittal Publications. p. 134. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  8. ^ "The Tribune". 
  9. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Dasua
  10. ^ a b "Residents demand train halt at Dasuya". The Tribune (Chandigarh). 16 December 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 


The town is attempting to capitalise on its history in order to attract tourists. To this end, a grant of Rs 10.6 million was given by the Government of India in order to renovate the sarovar and a temple, and it was reported in 2009 that many people attend a historic sarovar and gurdwara situated at nearby Garna Sahib.[10]


The town has a railway station[10] and various road links. It is located on National Highway 1A, which connects Jammu and Kashmir to the rest of India, and state highways connect it with the city of Hoshiarpur as well as Talwara and Hajipur. Other connecting roads link Dasuya with Amritsar, Daulatpur and Kapurthala.


Of the major neighbouring population centres, Hoshiarpur lies at a distance of 48 kilometres (30 mi) for Dasuya; Mukerian is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) away; Jalandhar is 56 kilometres (35 mi); Gurdaspur, 40 kilometres (25 mi); Amritsar, 90 kilometres (56 mi); and Pathankot is 56 kilometres (35 mi) distant.

Dasuya is located in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab state in India. at . It has an average elevation of 239 metres (784 ft) from sea level.[9]


The caste breakdown is: 35,000 Scheduled Castes, 29,000 Rajputs, 25,000 Changs, 19,000 Jat Sikhs, 17,000 Brahmins, 17,000 Lubanas, 8,500 Ramgarhias and 10,000 from other communities.[8]

The provisional statistics for the 2001 census of India show that Dasuya had a population of 20,118. Males constituted 52% of the population and females 48%. The average literacy rate was 76%, which was higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy was 79% and female literacy was 73%. Of the total population, 11% was under 6 years of age.[7]


In 1985 the town witnessed the start of a burst of Sikh separatist activity. This followed the murder of Indira Gandhi by two of her Sikh bodyguards in October 1984, and saw a "shoot out" at Dasuya in January of the following year.[6]


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