Naming of Kokernag
The etymology of the word "Kokernag" is controversial and there are various theories and none has any conclusive historical proof. As per one such theory Koker means 'fowl' and nag means 'serpent'. The spring gushes out of the base of a thickly wooded hill from where it divides into channels, which resembles to the claw-foot of a hen, hence its name. The other theory is that the word Kokernag originates from Koh (Mountain) kan (from or under) nag (spring). The name Kokernag has been derived from the two words namely, koker and nag. Koker has been taken from a Kashmiri word for chicken, while nag has been taken from Sanskrit word for springs.
Location of Kokernag
Kokernag is at the height of approx. 2,000 m above sea level. Kokernag is the place known for gardens, largest fresh water springs in Jammu and Kashmir and for its largest rainbow trout hatchery in northern part of India. Kokernag is situated in the Anantnag District, whose name means abundant springs.
Tourism in Kokernag
Kokernag has a number of towns and villages. Some of the towns and villages situated around Kokernag are Bindoo, Zalangam, Bidder, Wangam, Hangalgund, Nagam, Sagam, Duksum, Soaf Shali etc. Kokernag has been mentioned in Ain-i-Akbari, wherein it has been mentioned that the water of Kokernag satisfies both hunger and thirst and it is also a remedy for indigestion.
Demography of Kokernag
Kokernag had a population of 4,548. Males constitute 68% of the population and females 32%. Kokernag has an average literacy rate of 63%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy is 77% and female literacy is 33%. In Kokernag, 9% of the population is aged under 6 years.
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