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Shegaon

Shegaon
शेगाव
city
Anand Sagar, Shegaon
Anand Sagar, Shegaon
Shegaon is located in Maharashtra
Shegaon
Coordinates:
Country India
State Maharashtra
District Buldana
Elevation 275 m (902 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 59,672
Languages
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 444203
Telephone code 00-91-7265
Vehicle registration MH 28

Shegaon   (Marathi: शेगाव ) is a city and a municipal council in Buldana district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan 2
  • Anand Sagar 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Education 5
  • Industry 6
  • Shegaon Tehsil 7
  • Nearest Holy Place 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Geography

Shegaon is located around 300 km west from the city of Nagpur and 550 km east from the city of Mumbai. It is located on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line of the Central Railway of Indian Railways. It has direct train connectivity to Mumbai CST, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Jamshedpur, Ahmedabad, Okha, Kolhapur, Amravati, Wardha, Nagpur, Gondia, Bilaspur, Howrah-Kolkata, Shalimar-Kolkata, Ballarshah, Chennai Central. From Mumbai several trains halt at Shegaon. Prominent being Vidarbha Express, Amravati Superfast Express, Mumbai Howrah mail and express, Sewagram express, Nagpur-Pune express, Navjivan Express, Gondwana Express, Maharashtra Express, Okha-Puri Express and Gitanjali express.[1]

By road it is well connecting by neighbouring cities like Khamgaon, Balapur, Malkapur and Akola which are located on Hajira (Surat)- Dhule - Howrah (Kolkatta) National Highway 6. It is quite close to the industrial cities of Aurangabad and Nagpur.

Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan

Shegaon is popular as a pilgrimage destination as it is believed that Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj (see picture) lived here. Hindus consider Gajanan Maharaj a saint with miraculous powers. The origins of Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj are untraceable in history. Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj took "Samadhi" at Shegaon. Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple is built on the Samadhi of Gajanan Maharaj. Sant Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan is the largest temple trust in the Vidarbha region and is so called as "Pandharpur of Vidarbha". It attracts pilgrims from all over Maharashtra.

The Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan (Institution) Temple Trust runs the day-to-day affairs of the Temple; is headed by the Managing Trustees who normally comes from the linage of Patil's. Trust runs many services in the spiritual, religious, medical and educational fields. In particular, it runs Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering (SSGMCE) and Shri Gajanan Maharaj English School.

Thursdays, being the holy day of Gajanan Maharaj, and weekends witness huge crowds from all over Maharashtra. A new type of well-constructed, air conditioned darshan baari (queue) is constructed.

Anand Sagar entrance.

.At a time lots of bhakt can take darshan by this queue.

A temple at anand sagar

Anand Sagar

Shegaon has a tourist attraction called "Anand Sagar", a INR 3000 million project . It is maintained by the The Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan. It surrounds a big artificial lake. It has a meditation centre, an aquarium, temples, play grounds, lush green lawns and open theatre where fountain-show is conducted for entertainment. It has been beautifully decorated with state of art artefacts and carvings all over. An amusement park has also started with a toy train encircling the entire place.

Demographics

As of 2001 India census,[2] Shegaon had a population of 52,418. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Shegaon has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 66%. In Shegaon, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Religions in Shegaon
Religion Percent
Hindus
  
66%
Muslims
  
20%
Buddhists
  
8.6%
Christians
  
1.4%
Jains
  
3.7%
Others†
  
0.3%
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.2%), Buddhists (<0.2%).

Education

Shri. Burungale High School, Shegaon

Shegaon has colleges offering degree in the area of Commerce and Arts. For skill building, Shegaon has an ITI (Industrial Training Institute). There are 10 schools and 4 junior colleges. It has an engineering college, Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering (SSGMCE), The engineering college is affiliated with Amravati University. SSGMCE [3][4] is known for its spiritual activities and compulsory uniform. It also has a MBA program affiliated to Amravati University. The Sansthan also runs other institutes such as Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj English Medium School, Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Warkari Shikshan Sanstha, Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Adiwasi Ashram School and Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Mentally Retarded School. Mauli college of Engineering,Siddhivinayak Technical Campus, Saraswati college of Computer Application.

It also has Mauli Institute Of Technology and Siddhivinayak Technical Campus School of Engineering & Research Technology commencing from 2011-2012 and Sarsawati College 2009-10.

Industry

Shegaon has traditionally been a big market for cotton. Cotton from ginning and pressing mills of Shegaon used to be transported directly to textile mills in Mumbai via goods trains. British textile companies like Rallis India had their procurement office in Shegoan during pre-independence days. Many ginning and pressing mills like M. M. Ginning & Pressing Factory, Bhattad Group of Ginning & Mills, Gajanan Ginning Factory, Bhartia Group Of Ginning And Mills are functional in this area.

Apart from that, Shegaon also has engineering industries that manufacture material handling equipment - Chain Pulley Blocks, Industrial Cranes, Link Chain, etc. managed by Abhay Group of Industries. Shegaon has mineral water bottling plant, oil mills, paint manufacturing and other industries. Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering also runs a CNC tool room manufacturing precision parts for companies across Maharashtra. In Future Shegaon become Big Industrial place.

Shegaon Tehsil

Shegaon tehsil is part of Khamgaon Sub-Division of Buldhana district, along with Khamgaon tehsil.

Shegaon tehsil has area of 436 square km and consist of 95 villages that have a population of around 125,000[5]

Some of these villages are Jalamb, Pahurjira, Bhota, Sagoda, Bhogaon, Dadgaon, Matargaon, Mongaon Digras, Taroda Tarodi, Paharpurna, Manasgaon, Adsul, Zadegaon, Shrikshetra Nagzari, Chincholi Karfarma, Gaigaon, Jawala Palaskhed, Wankhed, Jawala, Janori, Alasana, Kherda, Gawlkhed, Takali, Lasura, Warkhed, Amboda, Lanjud, Pimpri Deshmukh, Tintrav, Gavhan and Taroda Kasaba.[6]

Nearest Holy Place

Dharma Baskar Sant Pachalegaonkar Maharaj Math is Situated in Khamgaon. Nirgun Paduka of Dattatreya believed to have been given to Pachalegaonkar Maharaj are worshipped here by devotees. Khamgaon is situated around 17 km away from Shegaon. There is Shri Sant Gomaji Maharaj Sansthan situated at Shrikshetra Nagzari. Shrikshetra Nagzari is about 8 km from Shegaon.

References

  1. ^ http://indiarailinfo.com/arrivals/204
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ http://ssgmce.org/
  4. ^ "Shegaon". Amazing Maharashtra. 
  5. ^ Buldhana District Disaster Plan, Relief & Rehabilitation Division, Revenue and Forest Department, Government of Maharashtra
  6. ^ Buldhana district website

External links

  • Shegaon, Anand Sagar and Anand Vihar Description with many photographs
  • The temple of Sant Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon promoted by Yogiraj Gajanan Seva Pratisthan, Nagpur.
  • Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering
  • Siddhivinayak Technical Campus, Shegaon
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