Kokernag

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Kokernag
Bindoo-Zalangam
کۄکَرناگ कोकरनाग
Sub-District
Kokernag is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Kokernag
Kokernag
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Coordinates: 33°35′05″N 75°18′31″E / 33.584721°N 75.308601°E / 33.584721; 75.308601Coordinates: 33°35′05″N 75°18′31″E / 33.584721°N 75.308601°E / 33.584721; 75.308601
Country  India
State Jammu and Kashmir
District Anantnag
Government
 • Type Parliamentary
 • Body Municipal
Elevation 2,000 m (7,000 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 173,712
Languages
 • Official English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 192202
Vehicle registration

JK03

website = www.kng.nic.in

Kokernag is a sub-district town and a notified area committee in Breng Valley (The Golden Crown of Kashmir) of Anantnag district of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. The etymology of the word 'Kokernag' is controversial and there are various theories and none has any conclusive historical proof. As per one such theory Koker means 'fowl' and nag means 'serpent'. The spring gushes out of the base of a thickly wooded hill from where it divides into channels, which resembles to the claw-foot of a hen, hence its name. The other theory is that the word Kokernag originates from Koh (Mountain)kan (from or under)nag (spring). Kokernag is at the height of(approx.)2000 mts from sea level. Place is famous for gardens, largest fresh water springs in Kashmir and for its largest rainbow trout hatchery of north India. Towns and village situated around Kokernag are Bindoo, Zalangam, Bidder, Wangam, Hangalgund,Nagam, Sagam,Duksum, etc. Kokernag has been mentioned in Ain Akbari, where in it has been mentioned that the water of Kokernag satisfies both hunger and thirst and it is also a remedy for indigestion.[1]

History[edit]

The word Kokernag has been derived from the two words namely, Koker and Nag. The word Koker has been taken from a Kashmiri word "Morgee" meaning chicken, while the word nag has been taken from Sanskrit word "Springs". Situated in Anantnag District, which means -Anant - Infinite and Nag -Springs.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Kokernag had a population of 4858. Males constitute 68% of the population and females 32%. Kukernag has an average literacy rate of 63%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 77%, and female literacy is 33%. In Kukernag, 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Background[edit]

Basically, the real name of Kokernag is Bindoo Zalangam, as recorded in the revenue records. It is situated at a distance of about 17 km. from district headquarters. Kokernag is a collection of many small springs and their collective appearance resembles to the claws of a Koker (cock). Kokernag is the largest fresh water spring of Kashmir and its water has many curative and digestive properties. Koker means 'fowl' and nag means 'Springs'. The spring gushes out of the base of a thickly wooded hill from where it divides into channels, which resembles to the claw-foot of a hen, hence its name. Kokernag is at the height of(approx.)2000 mts from sea level. Place is famous for gardens, largest fresh water springs in Kashmir and for its trout streams. Towns and village situated around Kokernag are Wangam, Hangalgund,Nagam, Sagam, Zalergam, Dacksum, etc. Kokernag has been mentioned in Ain Akbari, where in it has been mentioned that the water of Kokernag satisfies both hunger and thirst and it is also a remedy for indigestion. It is also famous for its trout streams and the largest fresh water spring in Kashmir, Trout hatchery department which has constructed pools in series where in trout is reared. Different pools have got trout with different weights and ages. Departments sells it to the tourists who find it a delicious dish and enjoy it. Kokernag is eight miles form Achabal and famous for the curative properties of its beautiful springs. The total area of Kokernag is 300 Kanals of which 129 kanals is for the purpose of gardens and the rest is forest area. Kokernag has some historical importance also. Kokernag has been mentioned in Ain Akbari, where in it has been mentioned that the water of Kokernag satisfies both hunger and thirst and it is also a remedy for indigestion. The author of Ain Akbari notices that touch-stone is found in Kokernag.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tourism, Janmu and Kashmir. "Kokernag". J & K Tourism. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  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 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.