(Last Updated on : 27-08-2016)
Akingam is a town in South Kashmir and a newly formed tehsil in the Anantnag district
, in the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir
Location of Akingam
Akingam is at a distance of 14.2 km or 8.8 miles from the Lal Chowk in Anantnag
along a route passing through the tourist resorts of Achabal and Kokernag. In revenue records the village Akingam is still called Maqan Shiva Bhagwati. The adjacent villages are Mohripura, Hiller, Badasgam, Hardpora and Badoora.
Education of Akingam
The Government Higher Secondary School Akingam is located at a distance of 200 meters (approx.) from main Chowk Akingam, on the foot hills of the Himalayan mountain range. The Government Primary Health Centre (PHC) Akingam is 20 meters away from main Chowk Akingam
Demography of Akingam
According to the Population Census in the year 2011, there were 755 families residing in village Akingam with population of 5007 of which 2579 are males 2428 are females. In village Akingam population of children with age 0-6 is 898 which makes up 17.93% of total population of village. Average Sex Ratio of Akingam (village) is 941 which is higher than Jammu and Kashmir state average of 889. Child Sex Ratio for the Akingam as per census is 848, lower than Jammu and Kashmir average of 862. Tehsil Akingam has higher literacy rate compared to Jammu and Kashmir. In 2011, literacy rate of Akingam village was 67.41% compared to 67.16% of Jammu and Kashmir. In Akingam, Male literacy stands at 76.40% while female literacy rate was 58.09%.
Culture of Akingam
Akingam has one of the oldest Bhand Theatre companies in the Kashmir valley – the Kashmir Bhagat Theatre. The performers of Akingam lost their mentor and teacher Guru Mohammed Subhan, a SNA awardee. Akingam has status of tourist village by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir with a well established tourist centre. Village Akingam used to have Kashmiri Pandits Bhand performers but they left the village in 1990. The people of Akingam are deeply Sufi and philosophical in outlook.
Tourism in Akingam
Akingam is surrounded by many heritage and sacred sites. It has oldest Jamia Masjid (Bonagam),Biggest Jamia Masjid Sharief Pethgam, Ziyarat Sharief Sata Reshi Sahib and Ziyarat Shareef of famous Islamic saint Shah-I-Asrar (RA). It was given the status of tourist village by J&K govt with a well established tourist centre. Village Akingam used to have Kashmiri Pandits Bhand performers but they left the village in 1990. The people of Akingam are deeply Sufi and philosophical in outlook.
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