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Uran is part of Navi Mumbai city in east-central India. It lies in the Raigad district, east of Mumbai across the Dharamtar Creek. Uran is primarily a fishing village, which has developed into the special economic zone of Uran.
The city name derived from the Hindu goddess Uranavati. It was called Uruvan during the rule of Madhavrao I, the fourth Peshwa of the Maratha Empire. Later, the area was named Ooran by the Portuguese and British.
Uran was subject to the Maratha princely states in the Maharashtra. Uran was once the base of the famous Maratha Sarkhel (Admiral) Kanhoji Angre, who battled European naval interests in the 18th century.
Uran is located at  Uran has an average elevation of 21 metres (69 ft)..
On the tip of a peninsula, Uran district is surrounded by sea on three sides. The town of Uran itself is centrally located on the peninsula, flanked by Karanja village to the south and Mora village and port to the north. Among the other villages in the Uran district are Ambikawadi, Aveda, Bajarpur, Bandhilwadi, Bokadvira, Bori, Chanje, Chirner, Dastaan, Dighode, Dhakti Jui, Dongree, Funde, Jasai, Jaskhar, Karanja, Kathe Ali, Khopte, Koproli, Mothi Jui, Mulekhand, Nagaon, Panje, Sheva, Vasheni, Vindhane, and Vinayak.
Uran has very beautiful landscapes and surroundings. The outskirts of town are largely rural, remaining among the few undeveloped areas within the Navi Mumbai city limits. Local roads are lined by greenery, rice fields in the monsoon season, and mountains.
The Uran wetlands were once home to many species of birds and reptiles, some critically endangered. The wetlands were developed in 2009 and 2010.
The main occupation in Uran is fishing. 80% of the fish production of Mumbai comes from fishermen based out of the Uran district, especially the villages of Karanja and Mora.
The second major occupation is farming. Uran contributes to the production of rice in the Raigad district. Raigad is the second largest district in terms of rice production in India.
Shipping, shipbuilding, and port support are major economic factors in Uran district. Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) is the largest container terminal in India. Other container terminals in the Uran district include APM Terminals (formerly GTI) and DP World (formerly the British Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company). Salt pan owners revolted against the government decision to build a sea port,[when?] but the port has proved to be the main source of income to residents and nearby villages, as major projects and warehouses have opened nearby.
The Indian Navy maintains a naval base near Mora. Locals claim that the base has stifled the growth of the town, due to sea travel restrictions imposed by the Navy for security.
Uran is growing. In the 2001 India census, Uran had a population of 23,254; this had increased by the 2011 census to 30,439. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. In Uran, 10-11% of the population is 6 years of age or younger.
Uran's average literacy rate is also rising, from 79% in 2001 to 82% in 2011. Males lead females in literacy: male literacy was 83% in 2001 and 85% in 2011, and female literacy was 75% in 2001 and 79% in 2011. India's national literacy average is 59.5%.
Three Hindu sub-castes are mainly native to the Raigad district and adjacent Thane district: Koli, Agri, and Karadi. The Koli are fishermen; the majority have the surname Nakhawa or Koli. The farming population comprise the Agri caste.
Places of worship
Uran has many Hindu temples, some of which host annual festivals. Some of the well known temples are:
- Dronagiri temple – Karanja: The complete panoramic view of Dharamtar Creek from Colaba to Mandva is visible from this hill. The Dronagiri area is visible from the temple.
- Ratneshwari temple – Jaskhar: A huge fair is organised annually, generally in April and May, to celebrate the blessings of the goddess Ratneshwari.
- Vinayak temple – Vinayak locality: This very old temple allegedly retains the simplicity of the days gone by. The temple has very calm surroundings, including a small garden, an old well and a small lake.
- Mankeshwar temple – Mankeshwar locality: The very old temple, renovated completely, is devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple is located just 5 minutes from the seashore.
- Shri Dutta Mandir – Devulwadi: A temple devoted to Lord Dutta, it is revered and worshiped by many. A huge annual fair is organised on the occasion of Datta Jayanti, celebrating the birth of Lord Dutta. This is amongst the largest fairs held in Uran.
- Saibaba temple – Mora: A small temple located just behind the Mora boat jetty has a very beautiful idol of Shri Sai Baba.
- Shree Ragobha Mandir: Located in Kotnaka village, on the route of the Uran-Panvel Highway. Aarti is conducted every Tuesday in the temple. An annual Palkhi Dance in April celebrates the blessing of Ragobha dev.
- Maha Ganpati temple: In Chirner village.
- Shree Saibaba temple, Ambikawadi, Nagaon: This temple is situated near Pirwadi Sea shore from where every year a Padyatra Dindi to Shirdi is taken by Om Shree sairam Padayatra Mandal.
- Bole Narth temple: Located in Khopate village, for many years this temple has conducted a big festival.
- Ganesh/Vinayak temple: Located in Kegaon, this temple has a history of more than 100 years.
- Ekvira/Ekvira temple: Located in Mora, this temple has a history of more than 100 years it was built by Pandavas.
Other houses of worship in Uran are:
- Shudhata Mata Church: Located near Rajpal Naka.
- Masjid Mosque: at Masjid Mohallah, close to the Uran Police Station.
- Another mosque is located on Balai Road
- Parsi Fire Temple: located close to the Mora jetty.
Another major tourist attraction in Uran is Pirwadi Beach, which is frequented by tourists from nearby areas like Panvel, Navi, and Mumbai. A distant view of South Mumbai is visible from there.
Ransai Dam is a destination in Uran. It is located near Dighode Village.
An old military fort is located just beside the ONGC plant. This was a Maratha fort for a short period before passing into possession of the Portuguese, according to the locals. Entry has banned for security reasons.
There are many schools which provide primary education and secondary education, but very few graduate colleges are present. There are currently no engineering colleges or medical colleges in Uran.
The schools in Uran are:
- N.I. High School - Bazarpeth
- St. Mary's High School Uran - Bazarpeth
- English Medium School - operated by the Uran Education Society in Bori
- Anmol English Medium School - Bokadvira
- Rotary English Medium School - Bori
- IES Jawaharlal Nehru Vidyalaya - JNPT Township
- JNPT St. Mary's High School - JNPT Township
- Dronagiri High School - Karanja
- Citizen High School - Koliwada
- Kendriya Vidyalaya - NAD
- Bhagubai Changu Thakur - Vidyalaya
The colleges are:
- Tukaram Hari Wajekar College - Funde
- Konkan Dnyanpeeth Sanstha (Dagdi College) - Uran
- Uran Education Society College - Uran
There is also a Madrasa in Uran for Islamic education.
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