Hiranagar

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Hiranagar
city
Hiranagar is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Hiranagar
Hiranagar
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Hiranagar is located in India
Hiranagar
Hiranagar
Hiranagar (India)
Coordinates: 32°27′N 75°16′E / 32.45°N 75.27°E / 32.45; 75.27Coordinates: 32°27′N 75°16′E / 32.45°N 75.27°E / 32.45; 75.27
Country India
StateJammu and Kashmir
DistrictKathua
Elevation
308 m (1,010 ft)
Population
 (2001)
 • Total8,879
Languages
 • OfficialUrdu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
184142
Telephone code01922

Hiranagar is a town and a notified area committee in Kathua district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a tehsil headquarters. It is named after Raja Hira Singh, son of Raja Dhyan Singh and nephew of Raja Gulab Singh.

History[edit]

Raja Hira Singh, the nephew of Maharaja Gulab Singh, is believed to have founded the town after his name when he was bestowed with the jagir of Jasrota by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab (1834–44 AD). He also renovated the Jasmergarh Fort situated between Tarnah and Bein Nallahs. The fort also housed the tehsil and other government offices prior to 1947. Later the offices were moved to Hiranagar.

The town has a fast-developing industrial estate and a modern industrial training institute.

Geography[edit]

Hiranagar is located at 32°27′N 75°16′E / 32.45°N 75.27°E / 32.45; 75.27.[1] It has an average elevation of 308 metres (1010 feet).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Hiranagar had a population of 7879. Males constitute 56% of the population and females 44%. Hiranagar has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 65%. In Hiranagar, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Famous residents[edit]

Religion[edit]

Hindu 97.49%, Sikh 0.51%, Muslim 0.81%,[3]

Jasmergarh Fort[edit]

Jasmergarh Fort is situated just outside the town. towards the border with Pakistan. It was built by King Hira, after whom the town is named. It has a notable temple of Mata Kali.

Higher educational institutes in Hiranagar[edit]

  • Girdari Lal Dogra Memorial Degree College, Hiranagar
  • Govt ITI Hiranagar
  • Govt. HSS Hiranagar
  • Infant Jesus school Hiranagar
  • MPHSS Hiranagar

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Hiranagar
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  3. ^ http://www.census2011.co.in/