Kokrajhar

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This article is about the municipality in India. For its namesake district, see Kokrajhar district.
Kokrajhar
कक्राझार
city
Kokrajhar is located in Assam
Kokrajhar
Kokrajhar
Location in Assam, India
Coordinates: 26°24′N 90°16′E / 26.4°N 90.27°E / 26.4; 90.27Coordinates: 26°24′N 90°16′E / 26.4°N 90.27°E / 26.4; 90.27
Country  India
State Assam
Elevation 38 m (125 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 31,152
Languages
 • Official Bodo
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 783370
Telephone code 03661
Sex ratio 52:50 /
Website kokrajhar.gov.in

Kokrajhar (Pron: ˌkɒkrəˈʤɑ:) (Assamese: কোকৰাঝাৰ) (Bodo: कक्राझार) is a town in Bodoland Territorial Council, Assam, one of the North East States and territories of India.

Kokrajhar city is located along the bank of Gourang River. The North East Indian Railways divides the city into two sides, north and the south. Kokrajhar city is the headquarters of Kokrajhar district and the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).

Geography[edit]

Kokrajhar is located at 26°24′N 90°16′E / 26.4°N 90.27°E / 26.4; 90.27.[1] It has an average elevation of 38 metres (124 feet).

History[edit]

Once Kokrajhar was a part of undivided Goalpara district. The then Goalpara District consisted of Kokrajhar, Bongagaigaon, Dhubri and present Goalpara districts. Earlier, it was a part of the Bijni kingdom, ruled those of the Koch dynasty. Bijni Kingdom and Biddapur Kingdom (Maharaja Ajit Narayan Dev) were part of the Koch Hajo, and before that, Kamata kingdom.

People[edit]

A Brahma Temple at Kokrajhar

It is occupied by different communities and cultures, The main inhabitants are Bodos, Koch Rajbongshis, Nepali, Assamese, Bengalis, Garo, Santalis and other communities too.

Local Info[edit]

Local Dances: Bagurumba is a famous local dance of Bodo peoples in Kokrajhar.It is a group dance which is performed by girls. Here we can also observe Bishuwa, Jhumur, Bihu, Sattriya dances during Assamese festival celebrations in Kokrajhar.
Handicrafts: Kokrajhar also famous for local handicrafts, they are bamboo household articles, cloth toys, pottery, Clay dolls, pith and masks.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Kokrajhar had a population of 31,152. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Kokrajhar has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 74%. In Kokrajhar, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age. The district has 3 sub divisions Kokrajhar, Gossaigaon and Basugaon.

Transportation[edit]

Kokrajhar is served by the Assam State Transport Corporation, Bodoland Transport Co. buses, private buses and cars to important places of Assam. The Kokrajhar railway station falls under the Northeast Frontier Railway of Indian Railways with services to important cities of the country like Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai etc. Important trains like Rajdhani Express, Kamrup Express, Brahmaputra Mail, North East Express, Vivek Express, Garib Rath Express etc. have their stoppage at Kokrajhar railway station.

Media and communications[edit]

All India Radio has a local station in Kokrajhar which transmits various programs of mass interest.

Education[edit]

Notable educational institutes of Kokrajhar are-

Politics[edit]

Kokrajhar consists of two assembly constituencies: Kokrajhar East and Kokrajhar West, both of which are part of Kokrajhar (Lok Sabha constituency).[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Kokrajhar
  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. 
  3. ^ "List of Parliamentary & Assembly Constituencies". Assam. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 

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