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Kathua (Dogri/Pahari/Hindi: कठुआ) is the largest city of the Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir.With a population of about 40206 it is the third largest city in Jammu region and the sixth largest in the state.Its population is expected to be 1,50,000 by 2011.The word 'Kathua"is derived from the word"Thuan" in Dogri which means "Scorpios".The city was the land of scorpios before the settling of the Dogras who came here and made the city.Some have a belief that its name is derived fom the name of rishi kashyap who disguised himself as a torotise(kashua)for strong meditation.


Kathua is located at . It has an average elevation of . A gateway to the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir, Kathua lies just 88 kilometres south of the state's winter capital of Jammu.The city meanders along both the banks of a Khad that divides it into two parts-"Parliwand"-meaning the other side and "Urliwand'-meaning this side.Both the parts are connected by three bridges.

Tehsils of Kathua

Kathua District comprises 5 tehsils:


As of the 2001 Indian census, Kathua District had a population of 550,084. Men constitute 54% of the population and women 46%. Kathua has an average literacy rate of 72%, higher than the Indian national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 76%, and female literacy is 67%. In Kathua, 12% of the population is...
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