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Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 11, p. 124.


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124 DAKHINPAT
lines of barracks occupied by the monks, and containing several tanks
whose banks are shaded by tall trees. None of the buildings is,
however, of masonry. The Dakhinpat Gosain is the only person in
Assam exempted from personal attendance in the civil courts.
Dakhin Shahbazpur.-Large island in the Meghna estuary, form-
ing a subdivision of Backergunge District, Eastern Bengal and Assam,
lying between 22° 6′ and 23° 2′ N. and 90° 35′ and 91° 2′ E., with an
area of Era square miles. The population in rgor was 270,233, com-
pared with 258,450 in 1891, the density being 442 persons per square
mile. It contains 447 villages, at one of which, BHOLA, the head
quarters are now situated. The island is formed of the silt brought
down by the Meghna, whose strong bore at spring-tides impinges on its
east face, flooding all the watercourses and creeks. To the north and
east, land is being cut away by the river, many homesteads with their
palm groves annually disappearing, while elsewhere, especially towards
the west, large alluvial accretions are continually forming. The island
is peculiarly liable to the ravages of storm-waves and cyclones, and
was devastated by the cyclone of 1876 (see BACKERGUNGE DISTRICT),
which swept away almost the entire population of DAULATKHAN, the
former head-quarters.
Dakor.-Place of pilgrimage for Hindus, in the Thasra tdluka of
Kaira District, Bombay, situated in 22° 45′ N, and 73° 11′ E., on the
Godhra-Ratlam branch of the Bombay, Baroda, and Central India
Railway, 9 miles north-east of Anand. Population (1900, 9,498. The
chief object of interest at Dakor is the temple of Ranchodji or Krishna.
The image of the deity was brought from Dwarka by Bodhano, a
Rajput. There are monthly meetings, but the largest gatherings take
place about the full moon in October-November, when as many as
1oo,ooo pilgrims assemble. The municipality, was established in 1864.
The receipts during the decade ending I go r averaged Rs. 1 g,ooo. In
1903-4 the income was Rs. 17,ooo, derived chiefly from house and
pilgrim taxes. The town contains a dispensary and five schools
(four for boys, including an English middle school, and one for girls),
attended by 364 and 74 pupils respectively.
Dal Lake.-Lake in Kashmir State, situated close to Srinagar,
measuring about 4 miles by a2, and one of the most beautiful spots in
the world. The mountain ridges, which are reflected in its waters as in
a mirror, are grand and varied, the trees and vegetation on the shores
of the Dal being of exquisite beauty. In the spring the fresh green tints
of the trees and the mountain-sides are refreshing to the eye, but it is
perhaps in October that the colours of the lake are most charming.
The willows change from green to silver grey and delicate russet, with
a red tone on the stems and branches, casting colours on the clear
water of the lake, which contrast most beautifully with the rich olives
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