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Harinas Rural Municipality is located in the south east part of Syangja district within Gandaki province according to the new federal structure of Nepal. It is located at 25 degree 0 minute latitude and 83 degree 29 minutes longitude and it is spread in the area of 87.48 km2 . The name of the municipality originates from the large forest called Harinas which includes previous ward 6, 8 & 9 of Kichnash Village Development Committee (VDC), 1-9 of Chisapani VDC, 1-9 of Kyakmi VDC, 1-9 of Chitrebhangjyang VDC and 7, 8 & 9 of Chinnebas VDC. The center of this rural municipality is Chittrebhanjyang which is in the altitude of 1,392 m from sea level. Figure 1 shows Harinas Rural Municipality map. There are total 3,394 households residing in the municipality based on the survey done while preparing the WASH plan. The total population is 21,778, of which 10,708 are women and 11,070 are men. Various caste and ethnic groups are residing in the Harinas Rural Municipality among which most people belong to Magar, Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar and Dalit groups. Most people follow Hindu religion but there is also a Muslim minority. Agriculture is the main occupation of people living in the Harinas Rural Municipality and other supporting occupations are entrepreneurship, service and foreign employment. Main religious places of Harinas Rural Municipality are Bhairavnath, Ramba Devi temple, and Devinath. The main tourist area is the Harinas forest, Purkot hill, Chisapani and Dhup hill. Main markets are Dagdi market, Chisapani market, Saldada market and Deurali market. There are 9 primary level schools, 29 basic level schools, 3 health posts and one primary health center in the municipality.