(Punjabi: ਖੰਨਾ) is a city and a municipal council in the Ludhiana district of East Punjab (Indian Punjab).
Khanna is a Punjabi word, which means one quarter (1/4 or 0.25). The city was named thus because it used to be very small, just a quarter of what a normal city should be. Khanna has the largest grain market in Asia, followed by the grain market of Rajpura (Punjab). Khanna is an ancient town which came into existence 500 years back. History reveals that Sher Shah Suri built a number of sarais (inns) at every 12 to 15 miles along the Delhi-Lahore road. One of the sarais was built in this area which is still known as the Purani Sarai. After the decline of Mughal rule in the Punjab, Banda Bahadur captured the area from Sirhind to Hoshiarpur. After that a jathedar of Dahedu controlled and occupied the whole of the area from Dahedu to Nabha. He married his daughter, Daya Kaur, to the King of Nabha. When a family dispute arose between the King and his new wife, she left Nabha for good and went back to live with her parents in Dahedu. According to Indian conventions she could not remain there forever. Therefore, her father gave her a "kann", or a "small portion", of the territory between Dahedu and Nabha that was well known for its agriculture. Over time, the pronunciation of the name changed from "Kann" to "Khanna". The city is 40 km from the city of Ludhiana on the Grand Trunk Road (National Highway 1) and is home to Asia's largest grain market. Its area is about 70 km2. Villages nearby include Payal, Ikolaha, Rahoun, Issru, Harion Kalan and Boothgarh, Bulepur, Rasulra, Ghutind.
Khanna has Following school/colleges:
A. S. Group Of College
A.S. College for Women
A.S. College of Education
A.S. Sr Secondary School.
Gulzar Group of colleges
R.V Women college.
Sanjeevni Nursing College
A.S. College is the first college in Ludhiana district rural which was granted A+ grade by National Accreditation and Assessment of Colleges(NAAC).NAAC is accreditation agency of the Government of India.
Schools of Khanna
A.S. Sr. Sec. school,A.S. Modern Sen. Sec. School, Khanna., Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Radha Vatika, Atam Manohar Jain Modern School, Hindi Putri Pathshala, D.A.V Public School, Lala Sarkaru Mal Sarvhitkari vidya mandir, Green Grove School, Swami Chhagan lal school, Spring Dale Public Senior Secondary School (khanna khurd), Walia English Model School, Robin Model High School, khalsa High School, D.A.V. Sr. Sec. Model School Khanna, G T B High School Model Town, Inderprasth Public School, Himalaya Public School, Delhi Public School, Narotam Vidya Mandir, Govt. Girl's Sr. Sec. School
Khanna is also a Punjabi Khatri clan/surname common with Hindu, Sikh and Muslim families. It belongs to the top of the Khatri pyramid, called the Dhai Ghar (which means 2½) consisting of: Khanna, Kapoor, Malhotra and Seth. The most famous people of Khanna last name are Vikas Khanna and Rajesh Khanna,or Hemant malhotra also.
Famous Personalities In Khanna City
Davinder Khanna Wala
Kulwant Billa and Kulwant kaur