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The city was founded on [[October 10]], [[1948]].
The city was founded on [[October 10]], [[1948]].
== '''Kanuma is also the name of a festival for Hindus''' ==
Kanuma is one of the hindu festivals which is celebrated on the third day of the Sankranthi festival in Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan hill to protect the people of Gokulam on this day. Mukkanuma is observed the day after Kanuma and is primarily a day of feasting and merry making.
Kanuma festival is quite similar to the Mattu Pongal observed in Tamil Nadu. The festival is dedicated to cows, bulls and other animals that are part of agrarian economy. Cattle and cattle sheds are cleaned on the day. Cows are decorated with marigold flowers and are worshipped.
In Hindu mythology, Kanuma is the day when Lord Krishna performed the miracle of lifting the Govardhan hill. Lord Krishna asked the people of Gokul to worship the Govardhan hill, which blocked the clouds and provided rain. This enraged Lord Indra, who until then was seen as the rain god, and to avenge this insult, Indra created thunderstorms and rain and flooded Gokul. To protect the people, cows and other animals, Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan hill. People found shelter under the hill. Soon Indra realized his folly and took refuge in Krishna.

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Official seal of Kanuma
Location of Kanuma in Tochigi
Location of Kanuma in Tochigi
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tochigi
 • Mayor Shin Satō
 • Total 490.62 km2 (189.43 sq mi)
Population (May 2008)
 • Total 103,373
 • Density 211/km2 (550/sq mi)
 • Tree Cryptomeria
 • Flower Satsuki azalea
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 1688-1, Imamiyachō, Kanuma-shi, Tochigi-ken
Website Kanuma City

Kanuma (鹿沼市, Kanuma-shi) is a city located in Tochigi, Japan.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 103,373 and the density of 211 persons per km². The total area is 490.62 km². The English translation of Kanuma is "Deer Swamp" and the town is mostly known for being along the way when traveling between Tokyo and Nikkō.

The city was founded on October 10, 1948.

Interestingly, there is a festival named Kanuma Autumn festival in Japan.

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