Tahsils in the District
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In 1506 C.E. a Gondal Jat Chief Bahauddin established a settlement namely Pindi Bahauddin, after his migration from Pindi Shah Jahanian to this area. The town was named Mandi Bahauddin (or Market Bahauddin) after establishment of a grain market in the area. The district forms central portion of the Chaj Doab lying between Jhelum and Chenab rivers. After the partition when the Sikhs and the Hindus have migrated to India, bulk of Muslim population migrated and settled here.
It is bounded on the northwest by the Jhelum River, on the South-East by the Chenab River which separates it from Gujranwala District and Gujrat District and on the southwest by Sargodha District.
In the Western side of Mandi Bahauddin at the place of Khiwa, the famous and historical war "Battle of the Hydaspes River" between Raja Porus and Alexander the Great,was fought. The Battle of Hydaspes River was fought Alexander the Great and the Raja Porus of India in 326 BCE, on the Hydaspes River (now River Jhelum) in Pakistan. The kingdom of Raja Porus was situated in that part of ancient India which has become modern day Pakistan. The battle was the last major war fought by Alexander.
At the first day of this war, Harry Roy the son of Raja Porus was killed at 11 o-clock. At the same day, the horse (Bucephalus) of Alexander the Great, was dead. After the death of his son, Raja Porus (initially stationed at Nazampur) came with Elephants and fought against Alexander the great. This war was on the Southern Bank of the River Jhelum. As a result of this battle, Alexander founded two cities, Nicaea (Victory) at the site of modern day Mong and Bucephala at the site (possibly) of Phalia in Pakistan. Bucephalus was the name of the horse that Alexander rode on, having died either during battle or right afterward of weariness and old age. Wazir Abad Cuttlery industry has its own pride to sharpen and prepare the swords of this great Invader.
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