Sirsa district's former name used to be Sairishaka. Sirsa is supposed to be the oldest place of north India. In 1966, the entire area of the district was included in the new state of Haryana
. It forms the extreme west corner of Haryana. Sirsa is located between 29.14-30.0 North latitude and 74.29-75.18 East longitudes.
As per the census of 2001, the total population of Sirsa is 11, 16, 649. Among which the total male population numbers to 5, 93, 245 whereas the total female population numbers to 5, 23, 404. The population density is 261.
The agricultural facilities in Sirsa is very up-to date. Paddy, bajra, wheat, oil seeds, barley are the important crops that are cultivated in Sirsa. The district of Sirsa falls under the northern cotton belt. But the production of this important cash crop has fallen due to various reasons. Other than agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries and forestry are also practiced. Among the industrial set up, it mainly depends on agro-products.
In Sirsa, the literacy percentage is 60.55. There are different educational facilities offered by the district. There are a number of B.Ed. colleges, Engineering colleges as well as I.T.I in Sirsa. The other mentionable institutions in Sirsa are
The places of tourist interest in Sirsa are
- District Red Cross Society
- District Child Welfare Council
- Hearing and Speech Handicapped Centre
- Kala Teetar
- Dera Sacha Sauda
- Radha Swami Satsang Ghar
- Ram Dev Mandir
- Jama Masjid
A tour to Sirsa can be very interesting as it bears its lineage to the different legends and epic of India.