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|• Member Of Assembly||Mr. Nishank Jain|
|• Mayor||Mr. Mohan Babu Bhavsar|
|Elevation||400 m (1,300 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
The princely state of Basoda was founded as a vassal state of Gwalior in 1753. The rulers belonged to the Kurwai dynasty were titled as Nawab. Earlier there was a very prestigious oil and flour mill named "standard flour and oil mill".which also got opportunity to fulfill the need of food in world-war 2,due to some unknown reasons it burnt into ashes because of this reason only now the townsmen call it "jali mill".It is located near railway station and opposite railway goods shed.Today also the burnt building of it stands in the standard flour and mill campus. The name of Ganj Basoda is the only have reason that large production of "Ganja" in this region by farmers.
Basoda is located at. It has an average elevation of 399 metres (1309 feet). The Parasari river divides the town into two parts. Another river Betwa also flows at west end, very close to the town.
Ganj Basoda's economy mainly depends on agriculture and Stone Mines. It has one of biggest Grain Mandi of Asia.It's Sandstone is very popular in foreign countries like UK, Italy etc. Main crops are wheat, gram, lentils, soyabean and ground nuts. Wheat of Ganj Basoda is famous all over the country. Ganj Basoda is also famous for its stone market. Stones mined from Ganj Basoda or near places exported to international market via Kandla port (Gujarat). It has sound trade market and increasing. One can reach Ganj Basoda by following route. By Rail - 93 km from Bhopal Junction towards Jhansi (203 km) and 604 km from New Delhi Jn. By Road - 106 km from Bhopal via Vidisha (60 km), and 106 km from Sagar (M.P.) Pincode - 464221, Railway Station Code- BAQ. Trains like - Bhopal-HNizammuddin exp, Dadar-Asr exp, Firozpur-CSTM Punjab mail, Indore- Jammmu Malwa exp, Rewa-Bhopal exp, Varanasi-LTT Kamayani exp, Hwh-Indore Shipra exp, Jabalpur-Somnath exp, Hyderabad-Nizammudin Southern -exp, Vindyachal exp, Amritsar-Bilaspur Chhattisgarh-exp,Gorakhpur-Mumbai Kushinagar exp, Bhopal-Damoh Rajya Rani Express exp -Jawalpur-New-Delhi Shree-dham exp. halts at BAQ station.
Ganj Basoda is a politically sensitive area in Madhya Pradesh. It comes under Vidisha parliamentary constituency. The former prime minister of India, Atal Bihari Bajpayee had fought and won elections from Vidisha. The current Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan was a member of parliament from Vidisha for 3 times. Former President Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma mother Srimati-Subhadra Sharma hails from Ganj Basoda. At Present the opposition leader of Parliament Smt. Sushma Swaraj is the M.P. from vidisha constituency. Two major political parties BJP and Congress has strong hold in this area. Till date BJP score card is at edge.
Udayeshwara Temple is an 11th-century lord Shiva temple located in village Udaipur† of tehsil Basoda. The temple was built by Udayeshvar, brother of Parmar King Bhoj. It is a beautiful example of Indian architecture which resembles Bhojpur temple and Mahamaya temple. It is 13KM from the town of Ganj Basoda, and connected by bus service. Another old Shiva temple is in village Gamaker which is 9 km from Ganj Basoda. A large fair is organised on Shivaratri in both Udaipur and Gamaker. It may not be out of place to mention that of late the name "Basoda" has become rather well known in Urdu literature reading public as its name of the place occurs in the title of the story, "Basodai ke Mariam" by the well-known writer Asad Mohammed Khan - the main character Mariam is supposed to be a resident of Ganj Basoda.Pathari located at a road distance of 30 km from Basoda is an ancient site of historical importance for believers of Jainism and Buddhism. Temples (Jain 24 Thirtankars, Gadrmal temple, BHIM Gaja approx-50 ft height of single stone piece) of 10-11 th century are situated here at Pathari. 18 km from Basoda near village Udaipur is another village Muradpur, where one can see unique statue of Varah (Lord Vishnu avatar)only of it,s kind in world. To visit Udaipur, Muradpur and Pathari(badoh)one can follow motorable road from Basoda, following given route—Ganj Basoda (0 km)- Bareth (10 km)- Udaipur (16 km)-Pathari (30 km. For Muradpur (3 km from Udaipur on branch route). You may visit Modern temple of Goddess Sheetala Mata in the heart of town Basoda.