Sonipat is the name derived from Somprastha earlier it was renowned as Svarnaprastha, means the city of gold. It was a part of Pandava kingdom, the place was blessed upon by lots of gold and that’s how it was called Place of gold. With ravages of time, the name was pronounced at the convenience of own tongue. From Svaranaprastha the name became Svarnpat, then Somprastha, and finally it was changed to Sonipat. It is one of the ancient towns of Haryana.
The area is part of eastern plains of the state and the holy river Yamuna flows through out the area. Undoubtedly, the place is rich in cultural heritage, but it is also an eminent industrial city. Many big and small industries are located in this city. For instance, Atlas Cycle Industry, the biggest manufacturer of cycle industry, electric construction and equipment co ltd, a company eminent for transformer and switchgear, and osaram India, leading manufacturer of electric bulb and tube light.
The Hrayana govt has actively taken steps to ensure that Sonipat becomes the prime destination for tourists. Here are some eye candy, must visit places
Khwaza Khizar Tomb
Khwaza Khizar Tomb was built in memory of Khwaza Khizar, who belonged to the era of Ibrahim Lodhi, who was defeated by Babur in the first battle of Panipat. Khwaza Khizar was the predecessor ofDarya Khan Sarwani. The base of the tomb is an elevated platform and the structure is built with the assistance of red sandstone and pebbles or small stones. The staircase that leads us to the gateway of the tomb has square shaped corners.
There is a passage in the centre and at the end there are two arched openings that lead us to the gateway of the tomb. The front portion of the tomb is built of arched breaks, lotus pendants and other decorations bound to mesmerize you. The beauty of the tomb makes you standstill. Just above the burial chamber there is a dome in a semicircular shape and it is placed in an octagonal chamber. The peak of the dome is adorned with lotus flower.
The tomb is epitome of peace and tranquil environment.
Baba Dham Mandir
Baba Dham Mandir is situated in the Sainipura area of Sonipat. The holy shrine is dedicated to Sai Baba.
Dargah Mamu Bhanja
Dargah Mamu Bhanja is the tomb erected in the memory of Hazrat Imam Nasiruddin and his nephew Ibrahim. The ceiling of the town is beautifully decorated with floral design, and it comprises of multicolor designs like yellow, red and green. The host of colors makes this tomb an endearing and colorful place to visit.
The memorial chamber is surrounded by dome shaped building that is built on small drum and it is octagonal in shape. The dargah is surrounded by beautiful a garden that is sprawled across an area of 4 acres. The tomb is under the maintaince of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). An enticing place to visit!
Kali Mata Temple
Kali Mata Temple is located in Sainipura area of Sonipat. It is a popular shrine dedicated to holy goddess Kali Mata (reincarnation of Lord Durga). The place provides a sense of peace and tranquility to the wanderer’s mind. A must visit place!
Atlas Shri Ram Temple
The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is one of the ancient temples in Sonipat. The festival of Ramnavami (birth of Lord Rama) is celebrated with pomp and fun. The temples are adorned, the hymns are sung. The whole environment is so spiritual that anybody can easily dive into spirituality. The temple is beautifully illuminated and devotes gather together to offer prayer to the God. Prasaad is served to all the devotees. All in all the place illuminates our mind and spirit.
Mosque of Abdullah Nasir Ud Din
Mosque of Abdullah Nasir Ud Din is situated on the outskirts of the city. It is one of the oldest shrines built during the Mughal times. It is an exclusive piece of Mughal architecture. The shrine is in a dilapidated condition.
The mosque is dedicated to great saint Nasir Ud Din who was the successor of Mushid of Iran( Mushid, the name simply means the ruler or one who has occupied the throne of Indian territory, the term is specifically referred in context of Muslim ruler)
Radha Krishan Mandir
This holy shrine is dedicated to Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. The temple attracts the tourist the most. Janmasthmi (birth of Lord Krishna) is celebrated as a grand affair. The temple is adorned by beautiful lights and hundreds of devotes gather together to offer prayers.
Shani Temple is dedicated to Lord Shani. It is located in SH-11. The temple is well connected by road and other means of transport.
Methodist Mission Church
Methodist Church is a religious place frequented by all walks of people.
The department of tourism has initiated an effort to develop a tourism complex in Sonipat named as Chakor. It is an ideal place to rest after an exhausting day. It has facilities of restaurant and bar. New development projects like Rai complex is planned to attract tourist to this destination.
Sonipat is eminent for sweet dish Ghevar. It is served during monsoon times. The place is also well known for Dhabas that are located on Grand Trunk Road at Murthal.
Ghee and butter are lavishly used while preparation of sumptuous dishes. Some of the popular food of this area are Hara Dhania Cholia, Kadhi Pakoda, Bathua Rice, BVajra Aloo Roti, Kachri ki Sabzi, Kheer, Churma, Malpuas and Besan Masala Roti with Makhan.
The food is served with Lassi and Sherrbet(the sugar syrup). Lohri is the major festival celebrated with pomp and fair.
Hence, Sonipat has host of places to engage tourists. A lovely destination to hang around with your loved ones!
Originally posted 2013-01-05 02:36:48.