Balagam

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Balagam
village
Balagam is located in Gujarat
Balagam
Balagam
Balagam is located in India
Balagam
Balagam
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 21°22′0″N 70°6′0″E / 21.36667°N 70.10000°E / 21.36667; 70.10000Coordinates: 21°22′0″N 70°6′0″E / 21.36667°N 70.10000°E / 21.36667; 70.10000
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Junagadh
Population
 • Total 10,000
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 362220
Vehicle registration GJ
Nearest city Keshod
Website gujaratindia.com

Balagam is a small town near Bantva, Keshod, Junagadh District, Gujarat, India.[1]

History[edit]

Formerly, during Muslim period, this village was called Ghebanpur and was almost entirely inhabited by Muslims but afterwards falling waste it was repopulated by a Sorathia Ahir Darned Balva, and after him has been called Balagam, but others say that it is called Balagam because built on a lofty site. During British period, Balagam was a separate revenue subdivision under Junagadh.[2]

Places of interest[edit]

There are here a sect of Margi Sadhus, who consider one Das Bava, an ascetic of the Sagar tribe of Ahirs, as their religious preceptor. These people are called Das Panthis. Das is said to have gone once to bathe in the village well and to have been subsequently seen no more, and his worshipers consider that he was caught up into heaven. His turban was found on the steps of the well, and is still adored by his followers.[2]

About a mile to the east of the village is the temple of Vasangdevi, the tutelary goddess of the Joshipura tribe of the Vadanagar Nagar Brahmins.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Balagam Gram Panchayat portal[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Kathiawar (Public Domain text). VIII. Printed at the Government Central Press, Bombay. 1884. p. 376. 

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Kathiawar. VIII. Printed at the Government Central Press, Bombay. 1884. p. 376.