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VILLAGES OF HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE

  1. ANDERHAMA:-It is Known after Raja Inder or the god Indra.

  2. AWATHKUL:- This village is 6 kms to  the south of Kupwara. This village has been settled by a Sardar, named Awathpul in 821 AD. Heo was cousin of Raja Jai Peeth & a person of high influence.  Awathpul became Raja in 852 AD..

  3. BADRA KALI:- The description of this place is available in the old books. Its earlier name was Badra Kali Pradarbhar. There are some “Lings “& a spring in the temple located there. When the Yatris go for Soyamji, they worship here also. It is 5 Kms far from Handwara in Rajwar area.

  4. CHERAKOT:- It is known after the apricot garden laid there by the famous saint Baba Abdullah Gazi. The garden as per the  historian Hassan   bore seedless apricots.

  5. DEEDIKOOT:-  This village is 7 km in the west of Kupwara and is named after a saintly woman, Deedi. It is famous for the shrine of Qamrish Baba, a spring known as Ravit Sahibs spring and a bungalow known as Ravits motor shed;Ravit was some Englishman who had constructed a motor shed and a spring on the spot.

  6. DIVER:-According to Lawrence, Diver might have been the residing place of Devers Qabeela which was a quarrelsome tribe.  It is actually linked to another village Anderbugh and collectively called Diver Anderbugh.

  7. DRUGMULLA- It is known after Durga, the Goddess. There is a spring known as Durga Nag.

  8. HALMATPORA:-It was probably founded by the Chek sardar, Halmat Check.

  9. KALAROOS:- People believe that a tunnel in the area leads to Russia. There are some carved stones known as Sat Barn (Seven Doors). There is also a copper mine.

  10. KARNAH:-  Its original name was Karnav. Small Rajas used to rule the area from early times.  Bombas ruled the area for a long time as independent Rajas who were later on conquered by the Sikhs. Beets and some other Historians call them a race of looters and Raj Trangni indicates that Karnah had remained a hiding and connniving place for outlaws and defeated Kings. It is thought that Karnah has been setup by Raja Karn of early period and Gomal village of the area has been founded by Goomti Devi, in Sikh period. Sher Ahmed Khan, A Bomba Raja, tyrant by nature, was lastly conquered by Mahraja Rambeer Singh. A portion of Jamia Masjid Tangdar is fenced separately and the inhabitants believe that Hazrat Shahi Hamdan had stayed in this corner for some time.

  11. KERAN:- Raja Karn of tenth century wandered in this area in the quest of water from a particular stream for regaining his eyesight. His Wazir found the stream in Shardi (Sharda, now in POK). The Raja had a bath in the stream and regained his eyesight and saw the beautiful valley of the area. He decided to settle in this area and handed over his original kingdom to his Wazir. He, therefore, founded Keran Town, now known as Keran or Drawa.

  12. KRUSAN LOLAB:-This village of breath taking beauty is famous for the shrine of Syed Bengal Sahib, where people offer prayer to get themselves protected from natural calamities. Various archives have  been dug out of the earth there so far.

  13. LALPORE:-It has been established by Raja Lov in 1060 Kaljug. According to Takhur Icher  Chand  Lov became Raja after the Pandov Rajas reign ended. Raja Lov built the city of Lalpore.The number of houses in the city as per Kalhans  statement was eighty lakh but Ratnagar says the number of houses was eighty thousand. After his sixty years reign his son Koshi Shi became Raja in 1120 Kaljug. Raja Shiv inder was his relative who  had settled the village Siwer in Lolab.Pandit Hargopal Khasta says the original name of Lolab was Lo-lo Pur. Some historians say that Lolab has been settled by Lolo Damer and Sultan Shahabuddin. There is a beautiful love story of Bamboor and Lolari also related with Lolab. In Lalpur some ruins of old building are known as Jail Khana.    

  14. GUSHI:- This village is 3 kms in the west of Kupwara. Historians beleive that it might have been established by Kashi Shi who was son of Raja Lov (the settler of Lolab). Kashi Shi had close relations with this area. Some Pandits of Gushi were known as Akhoons who had taught Persian & Arabic to Muslims of the area. They were very learned people. They  helped  Sir Walter Lawerence to write the cultural history of Kashmir.

  15. MUQAM SHAHWALI:-  This village has been founded by  the famous saint Zaiti Shah Wali, who was initially Army Commander of Ali Shah Chek. The Shrine of Zaiti Shah, his spring, his sisters tomb, his brothers tomb and a Jamia Masjid are located in the same premises in the village. The shrine is treated equally sacred by Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. There are so many spiritual and super natural activities attributed to the saint. The residents of the village claim to be the offsprings  of the saints brother. It is believed that the fish in the close by spring have been put in it by Zaiti Shah as dry fish which came to life. The shrine is  a spot of pilgrimage tourism.

  16. NECHHOME:-  It is located in Rajwar between Wader and Behnipora villages, one Km away from Wader and 21/2 km form Behipora. Its fame is due to the great lignite mines located here. Its early importance, as shown by the old histories is due to a dormant volcano called  Soymjis Astaphan. This hill is 6100 feet high.  During the governorship of Atah Muhammad Khan, this volcano exploded continuously for one month. Pandits went to cook their food by the heat of the fire. The historian Hargopal Khasta says “I my self went to the place & saw  land burning". Kalhan in Raj Tarangni writes "Soyimboo comes out of  Prathvi with countless arms in the shape of rays & accepts the offering of the people". He calls the hill as Tasak Wore. Now it is Known as Sheikh Wuder. Stien had himself gone there & seen the burnt earth. The Travelers Wigine, More craft, Beets, Lawrence, Dr.Fakis & Abu Fazil have all  given a description of the place in their writings. Stien has seen the ruins of extinct city in the area. It is one km away from Wader (Rajwar ). Second way to it leads from Behnipora and it is 21/2 kms away from Behnipora.

  17.  PANZGAM:- This village is 20 km in the west of Kupwara. Major Beats gives a description of the village in his gazetteer. According to Thakur Icher Chand, the original name of the village was Panji Gram & Kalhan gives its description in 8th Tarang of Raj Tarangni.  In the same description the name of Tar Malik also comes which may be the present Tarathpore, located near Panzgam. A battle between Raja Sher Ahmed Khan Bomba and the Sikh rulers has taken place in the same village.

  18. RAM KUND, LACHMAN KUND:- According to Lawrence, It is near  Khushipora on Kutraj where the asthapan of Ramchander Ji & Lachman are located. The teeraths are made of stone & having eight corners. They are under the earth and only four feet aboveground level. They say Rakshas's and evil sprits lived here with  Satans & Jins. They used to eat men. The “avtars” went to fight them .The ditches located there are the result of pressure of their elbows. The Rakshas's  were killed . The Rakshas's  might have been the robbers or  outlaws who were common  during Kutraj period. Hargopal says that these hilly places are in payeen village of Cherat Pargana. 

  19. REGIPORA:- This historical village is now a Mohallah of Kuwpara town. Regipora was originally a town, established by famous Chek Sardar Regi Chek, in the reign of Ali Shah Chek. Sir Walter Lawerance in The Valley of Kashmir  writes “ the ruins of the city established by the Cheks in Regipora are existing as yet". The hill in the north of Regipora is known as Gadhi. This has been a fort of Cheks, where Ali Shah Chek’s Army Commander, Zaiti Shah Chek got the divine visitation and became a saint.

  20. TREHGAM:- This historical village is 9 kms to the west of Kupwara. Its beauty & importance is the Shiv Nag. located in the village. Sir Walter Lawerance writes about it, “The pond of Trehgam indicates the utmost beauty of Kashmir”. The charming Shive Nag, located in the village, is a symbol of Hindu Muslim unity. Muslim Shrine, Jamia Masjid and a Shiv Temple are located on the same bank of the spring and both the communities  treat it sacred. Lime stone has been discovered in the hills on the back side of the village.