Jammu: A 53 percent rise has been seen in the number of places of worship in Jammu and Kashmir in last one decade, according to figures released by state`s Directorate of Census Operations.
As per the figures released at a workshop here today, there has been 53.43 percent increase in the places of worship in the state between census 2001 and 2011.
There are 49,135 places of worship in J&K as per the figures of census 2011 as compared to 32,025 places of worship in 2001 census figures, showing an increase of 17,110 places of worship.
Jammu has highest number of 6,474 places of worship followed by Kathua with 3,933 places of worship, 3,478 in Anantnag, 3,394 in Baramulla, 3,231 in Doda, 2,529 in Budgam, 2,520 in Kupwara, 2,475 in Srinagar, 2,294 in Pulwama, 2,237 in Samba, 2,136 in Udhampur districts.
Similarly, Rajouri district has 2,061 places of worship followed by 1,837 in Poonch, 1,531 in Kishtwar, 1,405 in Ramban, 1,306 in Kulgam, 1,237 in Reasi, 1,198 in Bandipora, 1,095 in Kargil, 1,074 in Shopian, 1,018 in Ganderbal and lowest 677 places of worship in Leh district.
Kargil district has highest number of shrines (2.7 per cent) followed by Doda (2.6 per cent), Samba (2.2 per cent), Kishtwar (2.1 per cent) and Kathua (2 percent).