Ratnal

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Ratnal
panchyat village
Ratnal is located in Gujarat
Ratnal
Ratnal
Ratnal is located in India
Ratnal
Ratnal
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 23°11′19″N 69°54′12″E / 23.188673°N 69.903409°E / 23.188673; 69.903409Coordinates: 23°11′19″N 69°54′12″E / 23.188673°N 69.903409°E / 23.188673; 69.903409
Country  India
State Gujarat
Elevation 120 m (390 ft)
Population
 • Total 10,000
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 370105
Telephone code 2836-276
Vehicle registration GJ 12
Nearest city Anjar
Popular Figure

VasanBhai G Ahir Ranchod V Ahir

Trikam Chhanga[1]
Railway Station RUT
Website gujaratindia.com

Ratnal is a village near the town of Anjar in the Anjar taluka of Kutch district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is located around 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Anjar and 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Bhuj capital of Kutch.

History[edit]

Rabaris claim that Ratnal was founded by them about 500 years ago[citation needed]. Yaduvanshi Ahirs people are believed to enter Ratnal for the first time.[citation needed] Ahirs are the majority in Ratnal now.

Earthquake of January 26, 2001[edit]

The 2001 Gujarat earthquake occurred on January 26, 2001, India's 51st Republic Day, at 08:46 AM local time (3:16 UTC) and lasted for over two minutes. The earthquake reached a magnitude of between 7.6 and 7.7 on the moment magnitude scale and had a maximum felt intensity of X (Intense) on the Mercalli intensity scale.

The village was almost completely destroyed in the January 26, 2001 earthquake. It is estimated that 175 people died in the village on that day.[2] Bill Clinton has previously visited the village.[3]

Economy[edit]

The people are mainly involved in agriculture and transportation. Ahir women of Ratnal are famous for their embroidery and patch-work. According to an India Today survey Ratnal is the only village in world having more than 1414 trucks.[4] People are mainly involved in transportation and cultivation of oil-seeds, cotton and other seasonal crops. Other smaller sources of employment are petrol pumps, tea stalls, pesticides sales. Some of the natives also work for the R.S.S Indian Railways.(Sachin Chhanga) (Rahul Ahir)

Infamous Marriages[edit]

The village presents a picture of paradox as both orthodoxy and modernity co-exists here.[5] Mass child marriages take place among an influential section among the Ahir community, known as Ahir Paratharia. In 2009 around 235 child couples tied the nuptial knot.[6] These marriages take place traditionally once a year on the thirteenth day of the month of Vaishakh of the indigenous calendar.[6]

Schools[edit]

There are five schools in the village: 1. Ratnal Panchayati Prathamik Shala (Primary School for Boys) 2. Shri Krishna Pranami Kanya Vidyalay (Girls School) managed by Pranami sect 3. Vidya Bharati (Primary School managed by Vidya Bharati) 4. Peta Para Shala 5. Ratnal High School 6.RAdhe Krishna Nagar Primary School

Banks[edit]

At present there are two banks in village:- 1. Bank of Baroda 2. Kachchh District Commercial Co-Operative Bank

Railroad Station[edit]

Ratnal is a railway station on BhujGandhidham railway line and Bhuj-Palanpur passenger train has a halt here. The station code is RUT.[7]

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