Chikhli, Maharashtra

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Chikhli, Maharashtra
Nickname(s): Political capital of district
Chikhli, Maharashtra is located in Maharashtra
Chikhli, Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 20°02′N 75°47′E / 20.03°N 75.78°E / 20.03; 75.78Coordinates: 20°02′N 75°47′E / 20.03°N 75.78°E / 20.03; 75.78
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Buldana
 • Type Nagar palika
 • Body Bjp shivsena
 • Total 1,009 km2 (390 sq mi)
Elevation 606 m (1,988 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 91,757
 • Rank

2nd in District

61th in Maharashtra

867th in India
 • Density 219/km2 (570/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Chikhlikar
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 443201
Telephone code 00-91-7264
ISO 3166 code IN-MH
Vehicle registration MH-28

Chikhli is a second largest city and a municipal council in Buldana district in Vidarbha Region of Maharashtra state, India. It is located on the Pune-Nagpur highway. Educationally, it falls under Amravati University It is situated at the westernmost border of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and is 500 km from the state capital, Mumbai.

Chikhli is situated on the border of Marathwada Region & Vidharbha Region of Maharashtra. Chikhli is the nearest municipal council to the district place Buldana, approximately 25 km only. Higher study colleges like Anuradha Engineering College, Anuradha Pharmacy College, Anuradha polytechnic college, Anuradha nursing and cosmetics colleges [located approximately 4 km from main city] and the Abhinav College of Education, SRC BAMS college, Shivaji science college, SPM arts and commerce college are located in Chikhli.

A well known town named Kawhala comes under Chikhli Tahsil. Kawhala is known for most employed people. The people in this town are majority well educated, employed, developed, political & doing advance farming in the chikhali area. Chikhli is home to Renuka Devi's temple.[1]


The ancient historical temple of Renuka Devi is situated in the heart of city. The only one Temple of pandav is situated in the nearby village Kawhala.

There is large celebration on Hanuman Jayanthi, where thousands of People join the Rally and Celebrate their faith towards Renuka Devi. There is Panchmukhi Mahadeo Temple on Khamgaon road near vishwabharmama shelake mala. There is Shriram mandir in old city,ram navami is celebrated each year with pleasure by peoples. Chikhli is also Famous for Education in Buldana district.


The city is connected to other major cities of Maharashtra by State Highway 24 (Baitul (Madhya Pradesh) to Chandwad (Nashik)) and State Highway 176 (Malkapur to Solapur) and national highway 753A (Buldana to Shirdi). There is a state project to build a 4-lane highway between Chikhli and Malkapur, but has been postponed due to some problems in the Rajur Ghat near Buldana.

Railway connection has always been difficult because of the surrounding mountainous area. The nearest railhead is at Malkapur 72 km (45 mi) and Nandura 77 km (48 mi) also Jalna 90 km (56 mi). The nearest rail junctions are Akola 110 km (68 mi) and Aurangabad 140 km (87 mi). However, in 2016 railway budget NDA government sanctioned and allotted Rs3000 crores for Khamgaon -Jalna railway line.After completion of this project Chikhli will be major railway station on khamgaon-Jalna railway line. Chikhli-Burhanpur and Malkapur-Solapur railway lines are also proposed and after completion of that lines Chikhli will emerge as major junction in region.

The nearest airport is at Aurangabad 140 km (87 mi). There have been demands for a domestic airport in Buldhana the district place, 25 km from Chikhli as it has several pilgrimage and historical centres such as Shegaon, Sailani, Lonar and Sindkhed Raja.railway facilities are not available in chikhli


Also in addition,there is a cotton factory in chikhli that's why most of the people got employment. World Famous Baba Saillani darga is situated 17 km from Chikhli adarsh vidyalay is famous for well education traditional programs sports and various activities mrs deshmukh is principal of the school

President of India visited the city statue.[edit]

17 July 2009-Felicitated by President Smt.Pratibha Patil at Chikhali on inauguration of "Maharana Pratap" statue

17 July 2009-Felicitated by President Smt. Pratibha Patil at Chikhali on inauguration of "Maharana Pratap" statue.

Geography and Climate[edit]

Chikhli is located at 20°02′N 75°47′E / 20.03°N 75.78°E / 20.03; 75.78.[2] It has an average elevation of 606 metres (1988 feet).Cool climate in the city when compared to vidarbha region.Summer is also not so hot as compared to other vidarbha regions.The annual rainfall averages 800 mm. Most of the rainfall occurs in the monsoon season between June and September, but some rain does fall during January and February.


As of 2001 India census,[3] Chikhli had a population of 78,428. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Chikhli has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 81% and female literacy of 67%. 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.The rate of literacy is high due to school facility available and awareness in the people. Marathi is main language of communication.

Religions in Chikhli
Religion Percent
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.2%), Buddhists (<0.2%).

Prominent Places[edit]

Renuka Devi

Renuka Devi is deity of Chikhli. Renuka Devi temple is located in the heart of the town. The temple is a marvellous monument. Chaitra pournima is an auspicious day when Renuka Devi "Yatra" is organized.

Khairullah Shah Miyan Dargah

Khairullah Shah Miyan Dargah is the best religious place located in Chikhli. We can say it is present exactly in center of chikhli which is very much precious one. peoples from all over Maharashtra visit over there for "ZIYARAT" at the time of URS and Sandal. This Sandal is held exactly after three days of holi festival.

Banking and (ATM)financial services[edit]

In the 2000s (decade), almost all public sector and private banks have opened up branches including the State Bank of India, State Bank of Hyderabad, Axis Bank, Saraswat Bank, Bank of India, HDFC Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Indian Overseas Bank Other Co-Operative Bans also available.Many bank also provide with ATM services.

Medical facilities[edit]

Chikhali is well known for its medical facilities in nearby area.Many MD specialist are available which serve the town as well as nearby villages.City has largest number of Hospitals and Clinics in the region.Government hospital is also available to citizens.Hospital with 24-hour services available.


  1. ^ Buldhana district Gazette, 1976
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Chikhli
  3. ^ "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. 

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