Sunday, January 20, 2013



photographs  Autar Mota
.Pulwama was carved out of Anantnag district of Kashmir  in 1979. It is about 40 Kms from srinagar city and  is surrounded by Srinagar in North , Poonch area of Jammu province and Budgam district of Kashmir  in west and Anantnag District in East .The District comprises of three Tehsils namely Traal , Pulwama and Pampore  and five developmental Blocks which are Traal, keller , Pulwama , Pampore and Kakapora .

Main crops of the area are Paddy , Mustard and Pulses . Fruits like apples , pears cherries  are   grown in plenty.  Delicious and lately the Kulu variety of this apple is grown all over the area. Almonds and walnuts are also grown in plenty in this district.  This district has brought white revolution in Kashmir and about 60% of the milk consumed in Kashmir valley comes from this district alone .

Payer and Narasthan Temples fall in this district .Payar temple   visited by Vigne and Cunningham is just three killometres from the Pulwama town. Remains of beautiful temples  built by  king Awantivarman in Awantipora town just on main Jammu -Srinagar  National Highway also fall in this district . 
The ziyarat of Dervesh Sheikh Sharif Ud Din wali popularly known as Shoag Baab Sahib  lies in  Pampore town. The Jwala Ji temple of khrew also falls in this district. The ziyarat of sufi saint Syed Mantaqi also lies on the main road near the Awantipora town. A Gurdwara in Awantipora trown has been built upon the resting place of     Guru Nanak Dev  during his visit to  Kashmir . It is also said that Guru Nanak Dev ji met  Sufi Dervesh Kamaal Sahib kamala sahib at Awantipora only.

Saffron and kashmiri Red Chillies are also grown in Pampore area this district Pampore also happens to be the birth place of Kashmir’s greatest saint poetess Laleshwari or Lal Ded.  There used to be a fresh water  spring  known as Lal-Traag which was  dedicated to this saint poetess . The spring has possibly dried up due to neglect and the place  is a  Public Park  now. Poetess Habba Khatoon or Zoonie the queen of King Yusuf Shah Chak also hailed from a village proximal  to present day Pampore town. Pampore is also famous for the special Kashmiri bread fondly called SHEERMAAL. 

A memorial of well known kashmiri poet late Gh Ahmed Mehjoor has also been set up at village Mitrigaam in this district.Famous  .Khankaah  at Traal built by Mir Syed Ali Hamdani  lies in this district . The district  is now covered by Railway Network laid by IRCON .  


so long so much about Pulwama .To this post on PULWAMA  , I add a  poem titled BOAT  by  Sherko Bekas well known Kurdish Poet

To me
My  heart is like a boat
With some holes in the bottom.
again and again
water  presses its way in,
and I bale it out.
Before I have baled out
a bucketful of old sorrow,
it is already replaced by new sorrow.
But neither does this restless boat sink
nor does it anchor
in the whirlwind of this night.
(  Sherko Bekas …….Translated from his original  Kurdish poem )

 (Autar Mota )

Sunday 20th January 2013 .... Time 11.40 PM ... Good Night

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