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This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (August 2008) Furus फुरूस —  village  — S.I. High School & Junior College, Furus Furus Location of Furus in Maharashtra and India Coordinates 17°42′N 73°21′E / 17.70°N 73.35°E / 17.70; 73.35Coordinates: 17°42′N 73°21′E / 17.70°N 73.35°E / 17.70; 73.35 Country India State Maharashtra District(s) Ratnagiri Sarpanch Population 5,600 (2010[update]) Literacy 85%  Official languages Konkani, Marathi, Urdu, Hindi, English Time zone IST (UTC+5:30) Codes • Pincode • 415710 • Telephone • +02356 Website www.furus.net Furus, Furoos or Phuroos (Marathi: फुरूस) is a small village in the Ratnagiri district of India dominated by Konkani Muslims. Furus is believed to be named by Persians who came here to trade in horses (horse: فارسی Persian). The main language spoken in Furus is Konkani, a blend of Bankoti, Sangameshwari and Marathi infused with words of Arabic, Urdu and Persian origin. Contents 1 History 2 Location 3 Community 4 Educational facilities 5 Sectors 6 See also 7 References 8 External links History Konkani Muslims trace their ancestry back to the Arab traders who arrived on the Western coast of India during the medieval era and Persians, Turkish and Russians as then Russia was part of the Persian empire. Muslims first arrived in Konkan in 699, according to Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti, less than 70 years after the death of Prophet Muhammad in 632. Location Furus is on State Highway 47 between Khed and Dapoli. The nearest Railway Station is Khed which is 11 km away. Furus is situated beside the banks of a nameless petite tributary and is surrounded on all sides by low hills. It rains in plethora during Monsoon season. The temperature in Furus varies between 20 to 35 degrees. Ratnagiri District can be physically divided into 3 zones viz. Coastal, Middle and Hilly. Furus falls under Middle Zone. Middle zone is characterized by a medium altitude. It is more accessible due to the Bombay-Goa-Highway as well as the Konkan railway. Community Furus consists of 5 sub-villages and over 1200 homes with a population of nearly 5600. The main religions here are Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Educational facilities Furus was one of the first townships in the area to have a high school. S.I. High School & Junior College, Furus was founded by Mr. W. Parkar under a government initiative in 1938 (pre-independence time) and is still functional. Another school is the Ideal English School, Furus. Siraj ul Islam Junior College of Science Siraj ul Islam Educational Campus Sectors Katalwari (कातळवाडी) - This is the easternmost parish of Furus, where the Patoli river flows. Khailawari ( खैलावारी) - The old part of town, it has Jama Masjid, Furus and a Dargah of Sayyed Khwaja Qabullah Hussaini Chishti located near the river. Buddhawadi (बुद्धवाडी) - where the Buddhist community resides; it has a government hospital. Phanaswadi (फनसवाडी) - also called Gaothan. Mushafari (मुशाफरी) - it is the westernmost parish of Furus. Gavanachamaal (गावना चा माळ) - It is the highest location in Furus. Belavne (बॆलवणे) - It has an Arabic Madrasa. Furusian Alphonso See also Ratnagiri References http://wikimapia.org/1144914/Furus External links http://www.fwskuwait.com http://www.furus.net http://blog.furus.net