Ratnipora

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Ratnipora
town
Ratnipora is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Ratnipora
Ratnipora
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Ratnipora is located in India
Ratnipora
Ratnipora
Ratnipora (India)
Coordinates: 33°55′16″N 74°56′35″E / 33.921°N 74.943°E / 33.921; 74.943Coordinates: 33°55′16″N 74°56′35″E / 33.921°N 74.943°E / 33.921; 74.943
CountryIndia
StateJammu & Kashmir
DistrictPulwama
Area
 • Total12 km2 (5 sq mi)
Elevation
1,588 m (5,210 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total5,250
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code01933
Vehicle registrationJK13
Sex ratio/
Websitepulwama.nic.in

Ratnipora (Ratinpur), is a village in Kashmir, situated equally distant from three towns, Awantipora, Pulwama and Pampore. The name Ratnipora is a combination of two words, "Ratan" meaning jewel, and "Pur" meaning place. Ratnipora is known for its education and its literacy rate, as per Census 2011, is 71.44% compared to 67.16% of Jammu and Kashmir. In Ratnipora male literacy stands at 82.46% while female literacy rate was 60.42% Ratnipora has a very high number of graduate, post-graduate, doctorate and post-doctorate people. It is home to the most prominent poets and educationists of the Kashmir Valley. The people mainly rely on government jobs, but agriculture is also practiced by a one third of the population. Ratnipora has been historically important for its contribution to education and poetry having produced notable people like, Syed Shamas ud Din Gamgeen, Syed Jala-ud-Din Aijaz, Syed Mohi-ud-Din Khushbash, Syed Mohi-ud-Din Nawaz and scores more. It is fondly called as the Land of Poets. 100% population practices Islam. While there are three Jamia Masjids, there are more than 30 small Masjids and a Hindu temple. Ratnipora was also inhabited by thirty Hindu ( Kashmiri Pandit) households who lived in perfect harmony with their Muslim neighbours but had to leave their homes & hearths in the year 1990 due to disturbed situation in Kashmir valley. Silent invasion and religious intolerance has wiped out Bhata Pora (Area inhabited by hindus in Ratni Pora) along with its ethos and culture which was close to the hearts of these aborigines. The physical, religious and cultural invasions have transformed the land of saints and sufis to the sorry state of turmoil which has lost its glory of the past and peace of mind in present circumstances. A stream namely Laar flows through Ratnipora, while there are four bridges connecting the two parts. To the southeast flows a river called Romush coming from Pahoo while to the southwest flows a stream namely "Bren Kuol" coming from Puchhal, and all the three streams meet Jehlum in southern outskirts of Ratnipora. BERCY, an initiative of JKEDI has its office in Ratnipora. Recently a railway halt station has been sanctioned to Ratnipora. Ratnipora has adequate market facilities comparable to towns in Kashmir.

Notable people[edit]

  • G. N. Ratanpuri Politician, Former Member Parliament and former broadcaster at Radio Kashmir..

Nearby cities:Srinagar 22 km, Anantnag 30 km. Nearby towns: Pampore 10 km, Awantipora 10 km, Pulwama 9 km.

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