Information provided by Rana Mohammad Iftekhar
(Note:- If anybody want to include any further valuable information in it, he‘ll be most welcome)
LOCATION OF THE VILLAGE:______________________________________________________
My beautiful Village name is Helan. It is located in District
Mandi-Bahauddin and 20 K.M East South away from Mandi Bahauddin and 8 K.M East North from Phalia and 20 K.M South from Dinga and, 4 K.M North from Mano Chak.. Helan situated between Islamabad airport and Lahore airport. It is also in between Chenab River and Jhelum River.
There are two Main Canal passes besides Helan. Which are almost attached with it, one is “Phalia Branch Canal” and locally called “Choti Neher” (Small Canal). While other one is “RQ Link” locally called “Bari Neher”. Phalia Branch Canal is on East of Helan, While RQ Link is on East North of Helan Town. Early in the morning, peoples of Helan visit at the bank of the Canals.
HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE:_______________________________________________________
Helan Town is an old Historical Town. No one can say that how much it is old. It is older more than Mand-i-Bahauddin city and as old as Phalia. Its old buildings are constructed with small brick of 6 inch length, 4 inch wide and 1.5 inch thick. History of Helan Town is related toAlexander time (Sikander-e-Azam).
FOUNDER OF THE VILLAGE:_______________________________________________________
It is not confirm that who is the founder of Helan, However some Historical Incidents and research show that Sikander-e-Azam passes through this area. Sikander-e-Azam was a King. He belonged to Unaan. He fights some war in this area (Helan and Phalia). According to history he may be founder of this Town . He defeat Raja Poras at the River Jhelum (PHALIA) and return his country but he was died in the way. In the past the River Jhelum passed near Sarli-e-Kalan, Phalia and Village Seria at Qadarabad road. Now there is a huge amount of sand is available since now.
GLORIOUS HISTORICAL BUILDING----- (HANJEERA):_______________________________________
There is an old historical building besides outside
the Helan Town that calls “Hanjeera”. Its walls are 8.5 feet wide. It has four open doors. kalma tayaba is written on right and left of each door. It has four Mahrab. There are stairs in it for climb up the Hanjeera, which present an amazing view in it’s around. It was built on 999 Hajri (432 years before). There is an underground way which goes under the Hanjeera, local people think that, that is an underground way (Srung) which open somewhere else, but in actual it is not any underground way (Srung), actually real grave of Sheik Ali Baig S/O Hussain Ali Khan Arab and his friends are there, graves that are shown in Hanjeera upward that is just show off like Qaud-e-Mazar in Karachi.
Cement and steel are not used in its construction. It is built on an old style with some old type mixture (sand, powder of brick and lime etc). It constructed dot shape and it is a sample for Building Engineer for good structure. There are three graves in its inside. One of them is Sheik Ali Baig S/O Hussain Ali Khan Arab, Qurani ayyats are written on marble in one of them, many gossips listened about them and no news is confirmed about them except that these are of some Muslims Rulers or Kings. There is a graveyard East North of Hanjeera which contained 50 graves. There is a “12 Dari” near the West of Hanjeera. There is also a Small Canal in the South locally called “SAME NALA” which is coming from Bhinder Kalan under the R.Q.Line. (It call syphon). which is attached with Hanjeera and 15 feet down from the foundation of Hanjeera which go towards Phalia and move onward. Now this building is under the supervision of “Aasar-e-Qadeema”.It is founded that in old time, River Jhelum passes through a Village (Sirl-e-kalan) which is in between Helan and Mano Chak. Still now people of surrounding Villages are using sand of this area.
SITUATION BEFORE PARTITION IN 1947:-_______________________________________________
Population of Helan Town was mostly Muslims in 1947. (At the time of partition of subcontinent) there were some houses of Hindus and Sikhs. These Hindus were businessman and literate. Therefore they realize situation before 1947. Before the partition, there was a Boy’s Primary School, Middle Boy’s School and Girl’s Primary School. Before partition the student of Helan Village of 9th and 10 go to Makhanawali for study. Before 1947 there were a Katcha road from Helan to Mano Chak, Helan to Phalia, Helan to Dinga and Helan to Churond. There was not any metal road from Helan village to Mano Chak. GOVT built proper road in 1960 from Helan to Mano Chak, at that time there was only Transport used Tanga and Bicycle which speed is very slow which reach from Helan to mano chak within 30 minutes
Following were the Main castes before the partition
The Main Caste of Qasai (Alvi) of the Helan Village is hard working. They work throughout Punjab for a business. They are Bold and Honest, One of them Noor Mohammad Qasai (late) was shifted from Helan to Mand-i-bahauddin, his sons are living in Mand-i-bahauddin. Qasai families are famous due to his job .The same case of the Minhas Rajput. They are Educated and shifted from Helan Village to Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, and Wazirabad, Karachi and Mand-i-Bahauddin.
Haji Mian Muhammad Sharif (Minhas Raput), Master Abdullah
(Bajwa) and Master Fazal Elahi (Bajwa), they built Islamia high school Helan in 1950. At the beginning they struggle to maintain Islamia high school for best in study and discipline. At that time 35 Villages of boys came here for Higher Education. At the beginning, Girls of the Helan study in this school in Hejab which was partitioned with a cloth. Now a day there are so many Tuition centre for study.
TRANSPORT EARLY IN THE MORNING ______________________________________________
One Bus goes to Lahore early in the morning at 4:30 A.M and reach in Lahore on Minari Pakistan at 8.00AM.
Other one goes to Islamabad Early in the morning at 5:15 A.M and reach Islamabad (Faizabad) at 9:15 AM.
Other local transport continue from morning to Evening 9:00 PM
Local Hotels also work besides the road from morning to late Night.
CANAL REST HOUSE /BUNGALOW: ____________________________________________________
East North of the Helan Village there is Canal Rest House / Bungalow, There live a Sub Engineer, Chowkidar and Beldars for Irrigation system
There is Telephone Exchange in the West of Village at Churund road andCable system is available and other facilities.
NEIGHBOURING VILLAGES, TOWNS AND GEOGRAPHICAL LANDMARKS:____________
Helan is playing Central Role for its surrounding small Villages. Its neighbour villages include Kot Multanya Walla ,Kot Gulam Rasul and Aado Sakhali in East--- Kot Rehm Shah South West, Sarle- e -kalan and Mano Chak in South--- Kotli Khurd, Makhna Wali and Dhinger Wali in North.
Helan always play Central Role in political issues. Chairman Always selected from this Village instead of surrounded Villages.
POPULATION OF THE VILLAGE:___________________________________________________
In this time there is almost 80,000 population of Helan.
MOHALLA’S AND BOUNDARIES OF HELAN:________________________________________
As Helan is a Big Town and different caste are living here.
Each caste has their own identity and their houses are known with their caste. Some of famous Mohallas are following:
NATURE OF THE PEOPLE:_______________________________________________________
People of Helan are Extremist/Fundamentalist and Energetic and Intelligent.
This is the reason that people of this Town are working almost each field of the world. e.g.
SOURCE OF INCOME OF THE VILLAGE:__________________________________________
As people of Helan are very intelligent and hardworking
That’s why they are working in each field and earning income. For example
SOCIAL & FAMOUS PERSONALITIES OF THE VILLAGE:_____________________________________
There are other many famous personalities which are much respectable in Helan Town.
Lumberdar is an honorable person in any Village. He guide people in the Kachehry and Thana system, If the Govt required an accused he help the Police to hand over that accuse to him. British Govt Establish the Lumberdari and Zeldar system in the Sub Continant, So that he rule 100 years at subcontinent. There are three Lumberdar in this Village which are Govt person to receive the Revenue of crops and deposit in the kachehary .He appoint a Chowkidar which help him if the Police come to village for required an accused he help him in this case. He is very helpful for Govt and the local peoples. Now the Zaildar system has been finished but Lumberdari system is till working. He established the Dara or Guest House where he take action of every movement of the Village. Helan Village has three Lumberdar which names are as under:-
1. Ch,Muhammad Shafeeq ( Arain) Lumberdar
2. Muhammad Sajjad Khan (Dolat Zai) Lumberdar.
3. Qazi Muhammad Haroon Skandar (Hashme) Lumberdar
“In the HELAN village every person is Choudery and every person is Lumberdar because their
own habits and styles.”
HIGHLY QUALIFIED PERSONALITIES OF THE VILLAGE:__________________________
There are Many Highly Qualified Personalities of these Villages.
CULTURE OF THE VILLAGE: ____________________________________________________
Culture of Helan is rapidly growing and updating with the passage and need of time. Helan is rapidly growing from Village to city culture. They adopt latest style and Fashion Soon. However normally
Some of old people use Tehmid,
Mature people use Kameez Shalwar,
Young generation also use Pent Shirts.
MOSQUE IN HELAN:___________________________________________________________
Several Madrisas are also working here for Religious Education to the students.
SCHOOLS IN HELAN_______________________________________________________________
HOSPITALS, MEDICAL STORES AND SHOPS IN THE VILLAGE:____________________
There is no any Govt
Hospital in Helan. However there is a local Dispensary which is providing their services also to all surrounding Small Villages also. There is no any specialized and well Educated Doctor. Now there is a private Hospital established by “Doctor Muhammad Iqbal”. There are many Medical Stores and a lot of Shops related to almost all Type of Necessities of Life.
There are two Big Markets
Chowk Sadiq-E-Akbar Market
These Market accomplish almost 300 shops in it
Two Sabaz mandi
Which provide Vegetables to Tehsil Phalia.
BANKS, POST OFFICE AND UNION COUNCIL:_____________________________________
For transferring money from outside to this village is Habib Bank.
There is Main Post Office
There is also Union Council in this village.
In Helan, many types of caste are living, they are following:-
50% Arain and 50% others
MAIN CROPS AND FRUITS IN THE VILLAGE:_____________________________________
Allah gives Blessing to this Village that almost all Types of Crops and Fruits are producing here; a few of them are describing below:
Almost all types of Vegetables are produced here. There are two Sabaz mandi which provide vegetables all around the area.
FLORA AND FAUNA:_____________________________________________________________
As the Area is very productive Both Animals are Plants live to stay here.
DOMESTIC ANIMALS OF VILLAGE ARE AS UNDER:-_____________________________________
There is an Old Mazar under the old tree (Borh) here with name “ Haneef Shah Data“ Darbar.When Electric supply is off the people s of the Mohalla are togather here under the Borh shedow
WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE VILLAGE:_____________________________________
There are following Religious Welfare Societies which work for Social Welfare:
FREE TIME HOBBIES:_____________________________________________________________
Free time hobbies of these people are to play some famous games like..
They also play some local games. For example...
There are Two Canals ... Young people of the Helan Village like to do swiming there.
Horse Club --–Rana Naveed Hussain Established Horse Club (Mujahid Rajput) in his Village and he participate in Punjab Level for competition on the behalf of this Village as well as he participate in the Politices of Village. He participate in the all Potential activities of his Village.
The children of this Village particapate following competition daiy ,when ever they are free
POLICE CHOKI;- ____________________________________________________________________
Government of the Punjab has establish a Police Choke in this Village at Chock
Sadiqu -e -Akbar for control the un-law system in the surrounding area of the Helan Village
Electric graude Station is found at Helan but constructed at Charanwala. Which supply the Electric around the Villages.
MAIN PROBLEMS OF THIS VILLAGE:______________________________________________
It is requested to the every person of the area to see the Historical Glorious
Building which is situated in the Helan Village ,So that you reach in this point easly.I say every Visitor please see it building
Following are the suggestions for their cencerned Departments;-
There must be provided a pucca road to the visitors so that they can easily reach to Hanjeera and repair this building . This road requird lenght only 1/4 KM away from Mano Chak road. Hanjeera is only 4 KM away from Gujrat Mandi Bahauddin raod.