Vaphai

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Vaphai

Ivaphai
village
Nickname(s): 
Phaikhawpui
Vaphai is located in Mizoram
Vaphai
Vaphai
Location in Mizoram, India
Vaphai is located in India
Vaphai
Vaphai
Vaphai (India)
Coordinates: 23°08′49″N 93°19′31″E / 23.146832°N 93.325227°E / 23.146832; 93.325227Coordinates: 23°08′49″N 93°19′31″E / 23.146832°N 93.325227°E / 23.146832; 93.325227
CountryIndia
StateMizoram
DistrictChamphai
BlockKhawbung
Founded byMitinliana[citation needed]
Elevation
1,733 m (5,686 ft)
Population
(2011)[1]
 • Total2,252
Languages
 • OfficialMizo
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
796321
Vehicle registrationMZ
Coastline0 kilometres (0 mi)
Nearest cityChamphai
Sex ratio968 females per 1000 males /[1]
Literacy98.06%
Websitethlangtlakmual.com

Vaphai is a village at the extreme east of Champhai district of Mizoram.[2] Its original name was "Ivaphai", which literally means "Plains of the river Iva", referring to its original location in the river valley slightly west of its present location. The first syllable got dropped probably by elision in course of time. It is situated at an average altitude of 5,686 feet (1,733 m) above sea level.[3]

Location[edit]

Vaphai lies about 11 km east of Tehsil Main Town Khawbung, and 36.3 km south of Champhai, the district capital. Its distance from the state capital Aizawl is around 88 km. Nearby villages include Farkawn (7.5 km, south west), Khawbung (11 km, west), Khuangthing (13.2 km), Khuangleng (19 km), Biate (22.7 km). The nearest towns are Khawbung (11 km), Champhai (36.3 km), Khawzawl (44.8 km), Ngopa (79.8 km).

History[edit]

The village was established by Pu Mitinlianan in 1876 who started ruling the village for 45 years till his death in 1921. It was then ruled by Pu Chawnghleithanga in 1922 (1 year), who then passed it on to his son Pu Tlangtinchhuma who ruled till 1937 (14 years). The last chieftainship was held by Pu Lalrokhama (17 years) until the abolition of chieftainship in 1954.[4]

Historical places[edit]

Since the Mizos moved into Mizoram from the east, most historical monuments and places of cultural importance are to be found in eastern Mizoram and Burma.[5] Places of importance inside and near the jurisdiction of Vaphai Village Council include Thlangtlak Mual, Thasiama Nghaleng Khawina, Fiara Tui, Lungkhawsa, Sakhawhmun lui, Ṭhasiama se no neihna tláng, Ṭan tláng and Ṭhasiama hmun.

  • Ṭan tláng: The Ṭan mountain with a height of 6,027 feet (1,837 m) is the fifth-tallest mountain in Mizoram.[6]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census of India, Vaphai has 454 households. The effective literacy rate (i.e. the literacy rate of population excluding children aged 6 and below) is 95.25%.[1]

Demographics (2011 Census)[1]
Total Male Female
Population 2252 1144 1108
Children aged below 6 years 419 198 221
Scheduled caste 0 0 0
Scheduled tribe 2203 1109 1094
Literates 1746 911 835
Workers (all) 1123 621 502
Main workers (total) 1108 618 490
Main workers: Cultivators 821 431 390
Main workers: Agricultural labourers 109 58 51
Main workers: Household industry workers 9 7 2
Main workers: Other 169 122 47
Marginal workers (total) 15 3 12
Marginal workers: Cultivators 5 1 4
Marginal workers: Agricultural labourers 3 1 2
Marginal workers: Household industry workers 0 0 0
Marginal workers: Others 7 1 6
Non-workers 1129 523 606

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "District Census Handbook - Champhai" (PDF). 2011 Census of India. Directorate of Census Operations, Mizoram. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  2. ^ "Profile of Vaphai village". Profile of villages within Khawbung RD block. Khawbung Rural Development Block. 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  3. ^ Rintluanga Pachuau (27 August 2015). "Mizoram: A Study in Comprehensive Geography".
  4. ^ ""Vaphai" history". 2012-12-08.
  5. ^ Lalthangliana, B. (1980). History of Mizo in Burma. Zawlbuk Agencies. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Hills in Mizoram". Retrieved 27 August 2015.