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Furoos, Phuroos
S.I. High School & Junior College, Furus
Furus is located in Maharashtra
Furus is located in India
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 17°42′N 73°21′E / 17.70°N 73.35°E / 17.70; 73.35Coordinates: 17°42′N 73°21′E / 17.70°N 73.35°E / 17.70; 73.35
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Ratnagiri
 • Body Gram Panchayat
 • Sarpanch Mr Laksuman Navrat
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,600
 • Official Konkani, Marathi, Urdu, Hindi, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 415710
Telephone code 02356
Literacy 85%
Climate humid (Köppen)
Website www.furus.in

Furus (Marathi: फुरूस) is a village in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra state in Western India.[1] The 2011 Census of India recorded a total of 1,129 residents in the village.[2] Furus's geographical area is approximately 905 hectares (2,240 acres).[2] It is mainly populated by Konkani Muslims. Furus is believed to be named by Persians who came here to trade in horses (horse: فارسی Persian). The main language spoken in Furus is Kokni (not to be confused with Goan Konkani), a blend of Bankoti, Sangameshwari and Marathi infused with words of Arabic, Urdu and Persian origin.

Furus Amshet is a small village in the same region.[2] The 2011 Census of India recorded a total of 577 residents in the village.[2] Furus Amshet's geographical area is approximately 73 hectares (180 acres).[2]

Furus Gaonthan is a small village in the same region.[2] The 2011 Census of India recorded a total of 438 residents in the village.[2] Furus Amshet's geographical area is 33 hectares (82 acres).[2]


Kokni Muslims trace their ancestry back to the Arab traders who arrived on the Western coast of India during the medieval era and Persians. Muslims first arrived in Konkan in 699, according to Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti, less than 70 years after the death of Muhammad in 632.[3]


Furus is on State Highway SH104 between Khed and Dapoli.[4] The nearest Railway Station is Khed which is 12 km away. 14 km. from Dapoli. Furus is situated beside the banks of a nameless petite tributary and is surrounded on all sides by low hills. It rains in plenty during Monsoon season. The temperature in Furus varies between 20 and 35 degrees. Ratnagiri District can be physically divided into 3 zones viz. Coastal, Middle and Hilly. Furus falls under Middle Zone. Middle zone is characterized by a medium altitude. It is more accessible due to the Bombay–Goa Highway as well as the Konkan railway.

Furus During Monsoon


Furus is well-connected by road to nearby big towns. State Highway 104, Khed to Dapoli passes from Furus. Besides auto-rickshaw are available round-the clock.

Educational facilities[edit]

Siraj ul Islam Junior College of Science
Siraj ul Islam Educational Campus

Furus was one of the first townships in the area to have a high school. S.I. High School & Junior College of Science, Furus was founded by Ex-MLA Mr. W. A. Parkar under a government initiative in 1938 (pre-independence time). The School was in English Medium named Anglo Vernacular High School and is still functional.


Furus consists of 7 sub-villages and over 1200 homes with a population of nearly 5600. The main religions here are Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The Muslim community consists of 7 Sub Jamaats also called as Mohallas. They are

  • Navanagar (नवानगर) mohalla
  • Choughan (चौगन) mohalla
  • Fanaswad (फणसवाड)
  • Tahtani (तहतानी) mohalla
  • Tekdi (टेकडी) mohalla and
  • Aathvi (आठवी) mohalla
  • Falsonda (फल्सोंडा)

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