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About Nagrota Bagwan

Nagrota Bagwan is a beautiful town in the district of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. Located in the center of two famous temples of Chamunda ji and Kangra Devi Ji, the city lies 14kms to the south of the district head quarters of Dharamsala. The sparsely populated town is also a municipal committee of Kangra district. With a large number of schools and educational institutes, the city is an educational hub. The cities nearby Nagrota Bagwan are Dharamsala, Chamba, Hamirpur and Dalhousie. Some of the tehsils surrounding the region are Dharamshala Tehsil on the north and Bhawarna Tehsil on the east. Nagrota Bagwan is encircled with beautiful villages namely Ghorab, Bhuner, Baldhar, Mumta and Hatwas.

Town of Nagrota Bagwan

History of Nagrota Bagwan

The city of Nagrota Bagwan is quite ancient. It had its origin more than 3,500 years ago during the vedic period. As a part of the Kangra region, the city was devastated by foreign aggression several times. In the mid-19th century, the city came under British rule. After independence, Nagrota Bagwan became a part of India. In 1966 when Kangra district was added to Himachal Pradesh, the city became a part of the state too.

Climate of Nagrota Bagwan

The climate of Nagrota Bagwan is sub tropical. The summers are cool and pleasant. Day temperatures in summer vary between 8 ° C and 29° C. On the other hand, winters are very cold. As the region lies near the Himalayas, it experiences cold waves during winters. These cold waves also causes some winter rain. January is considered as the coldest month. Average temperature recorded in January is 3 ° C. The rainy season starts from early June and lasts till mid October. About 80% of the rain is received between June and September.

Agriculture of Nagrota Bagwan

The economy of Nagrota Bagwan is primarily agrarian. Major portion of the population is engaged in agriculture. The Kuhl system of irrigation is widely used in Nagrota Bagwan. Non-foodgrain crops like wheat, maize, rice, barley and oilseeds are the major crops grown in this region. However, vegetables and fruits are the other main crops cultivated here. Orchards of sub–tropical fruits like orange, mango, litchi, apples, and kinnow are prominent in Nagrota Bagwan.

Temples of Nagrota Bagwan

A few ancient temples are still seen in Nagrota Bagwan. Most of these temples are dedicated to Hindu deities. Some of the prominent ones devoted to Lord Shiva are Machinder Mahadev Temple and the Saloa Mahadev Temple. These holy shrines are located in the village of Mundla in Nagrota Bagwan. Apart from these, there is another unique temple that is related to Goddess Naag Devi. The Dinu Nag Mandir is a prominent Nag Temple in the city. Like other regions, Nagrota Bagwan also has a Hanuman Mandir. Other holy shrines in Nagrota Bagwan  are Narda Sharda Mandir and the Shiv Temple. Flocks of devotees visit these sacred places throughout the year.

Fact File of Nagrota Bagwan

Area - 259.97sq kms
Latitude - 32°03'N
Longitude - 076°05'E
Elevation - 846meters
Population (2001) - 5655
Literacy Rate - 79%
Main Languages - Hindi and Kangri
Pin Code - 176047
Post Office - Nagrota Bagwan

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