Hiranagar

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Hiranagar
city
Hiranagar is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Hiranagar
Hiranagar
Hiranagar is located in India
Hiranagar
Hiranagar
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, 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
State Jammu and Kashmir
District Kathua
Elevation 308 m (1,010 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 8,879
Languages
 • Official Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 184142
Telephone code 01922

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, 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 and is currently in use as a prison for political prisoners.[citation needed]

Higher educational institutes in Hiranagar[edit]

  • Govt Girdhari Lal Dogra Memorial Degree Hiranagar
  • Govt ITI Hiranagar
  • Infant jesus school Hiranagar
  • MPHSS Hiranagar

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