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Sujanpur Tira

Tira Sujanpur is a town and a nagar panchayat in Hamirpur district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Sujanpur Tira is well-connected to all the major towns of Himachal Pradesh and of the country in all the directions through road network. It is at stones’ throw to Hamirpur (25 km), Palampur (35 km) and about 120 km from Dharamshala (Dharamshala is only 70 kms from Sujanpur). Today over 200 buses cross this town to connect various other cities, villages and towns besides regular taxis. The nearest railway station is Maranda (near Palampur) where narrow gauge runs up to Pathankot on one side and Jogindernagar to the other. On one side it is connected to Una-Nangal by road, the other side it is connected towards Kangra, Pathankot; To Mandi-Manali and Ladakh and one side to Shimla. Its geographical locations connect this town with almost every direction through web of tarred road network.
About a decade ago, Sanik School was opened in Sujanpur Tira which is located in the green ground in the middle of the town. This has increased the importance of the town. 


 Tira Sujanpur is also called Sujanpur Tira or Sujanpur Tihra located on the bank of River Beas. It is a beautiful town inhabited by Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch who was the King of Kangra and later shifted from Kangra to Sujanpur Tira after the war with Muslim kings who wanted to capture Kangra fort. Maharaja Sansar Chand constructed his palaces, temples and courts (called Baradari) on the peak of hillock called Tira overlooking Sujanpur's famous Chaugan, hence the name of the town is Sujanpur Tira. In the middle of this beautiful town there is one square kilometer green ground popularly called in Pahari language 'Chaugan' (which remains green throughout the year). Now part of the ground is occupied by the Sanik School. The ground is a meeting place for most of the town people, ladies, men, children for evening walk and for playing all types of games. Most famous Holi fair also takes place on this ground which lasts almost 2–3 weeks during the month of March.
Based on the caste system each side of 'Chaugan' is occupied by Brahmins, merchants (Vaishyas), Kashtriyas and Shudras. The concept is now waning off. The town has two famous temples constructed by the king which are Bansiwala ( For Lord Krishna) on one side of the ground, and Narvdeshwar on the other side towards the river Beas. One of the famous temple at Tira was destroyed during the Kangra Earthquake in 1905, as also the most of the palace buildings. Archaeological Department has tried to restore some of the monuments but not to an extent desired. It is more like whitewashing done by Archaeological Department. Many of the invaluable Kangra paintings were collected by erstwhile commissioner E.N.Mangatrai and some were returned to the museum in Chandigrah. 

People of Sujanpur Tira (earlier probably called Sajjanpur due to people being nice, honest and religious-minded) are very hospitable and helpful. Though the town is nowadays thriving with activities and population in around is over 10,000. The people are highly educated and most of them know how to read and write. This town has produced many scientists, administrators, professors, doctors. Once upon a time it was the most educated town in Kangra and Himachal at large. The ruins still remind us the old paintings which exists on the temples and palaces though the passage of time and atmospheric attacks have sullened them a lot. Whatever were left were destroyed by locals by whitewashing due to their innocence.
While Sujanpurtira produced many professionals and writers, a few of them really earned name. Dr. Ishwar Das was the first IAS of 1953 batch who retired as Chief Secretary of Madhaya Pradesh; Dr Sant K. Bhatnagar a Kharagpur IITian achieved eminence in the field of Rubber Technology internationally and authored many scientific papers and religion books; Professor Uttam Chand Mahajan who achievd eminence in Astrology and wrote four books after retiring from active service as Principal, Government College, Hamirpur. Another eminent son of the soil was Shri. Ram Rattan Dewan who completed Bsc. Agriculture from Agriculture college Lyallpur, now in Pakistan. After completing his studies he joined the government job as an agriculture specialist and through dint of his hard work he reached the post of Deputy Director of Agriculture (Himachal Pradesh) and retired as such

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