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Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 17, p. 364.


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364 MIRIALC UI>A
revenue in 19oi was 2•4 lakhs. Rice is extensively irrigated from
tanks, channels, and wells. The new tciluk of Pochanicherla, con-
stituted in 1905, received 35 villages from Mirialguda.
Mirjān.--Village in the Kumta tdluha of North Kanara District,
Bombay, situated in 14° 3o' N. and 74° 28' E., about 5 miles north
of Kumta town. Population (1901), 1,500. It has a ruined fort said
to have been built by Sarpan Malik, probably a reminiscence of the
Bijāpur title Sharif-ul-mulk. Mirjan has been supposed to be the
ancient Muziris mentioned by Pliny as the first trading town in India;
but an alternative is to be found in Muyiri, the old name of Cranganūr,
2o miles north of Cochin. Under the Vijayanagar kings Mirjān was
held by local tributary chiefs. Albuquerque visited it in 1510. It
subsequently passed to Bijāpur, and later to the Bednur chief Sivappa
Naik. The Marāthas seized it in 1757. It suffered from the depreda-
tions of Haidar, and was destroyed by Tip. Fryer visited Mirjān in
the seventeenth century, and has recorded a description of it.
Mirpur Subdivision.--Subdivision of Sukkur District, Sind,
Bombay, consisting of the MIRPUR MATHEW and UBAURO tāluhas.
Mirpur Town.----'Town in the Bhimber district of the Jammu pro-
vince, Kashmir, situated in 33° 11' N. and 73° 49' E., at an elevation of
1,236 feet above sea-level. It lies 22 miles north of the British canton-
ment of Jhelum, and is said to have been founded about 200 years ago
by the Gakhars, Miran Khan and Sultan Fateh Khan. It stands on
high ground on the edge of the Kareli Kas, from which drinking-
water is easily procured. There are several rather picturesque temples,
the chief being the Sarkari Mandir, built by Maharaja Gulab Singh; the
Raghunathji ; and the temple of Diwān Amar Nath. The town con-
tains 550 shops, forming a long bazar running east and west. Apart
from the shop-keeping class, Brahmans and Sikhs, of whom many are
settled in Mirpur, the inhabitants are mostly of the artisan or menial
classes. There is a flourishing State school badly housed, and a dis-

pensary in a building wholly unsuited to the purpose. The town has
a neglected appearance. The streets are badly laid, dirty, and un-

drained, and no attempts have been made at conservancy. Trade is
brisk. It is mostly in the hands of Mahajans and Khattris. The chief
articles of export to British India are grain, Alai from the hills and
Punch, and minor forest products from Kotli, Punch, and Rajauri ; the
chief imports are salt, cloth, tea, and sugar.
MMrpur Batoro.-Tāluka of Karachi District, Sind, Bombay, lying
between 24° 36' and 25° 1' N. and 68° 9' and 68° 26' E., with an area
of 269 square miles. The population in 19or was 37,116, compared
with 35,196 in 1891, dwelling in 62 villages, of which Mirpur Batoro is
the head-quarters. The density is 138 persons per square mile, and
this is the most thickly populated tdluka in the District. The land
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