Dehu

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Dehu
city
Gatha temple
Gatha temple
Nickname(s): 
Dehugaon
Dehu is located in Maharashtra
Dehu
Dehu
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 18°43′N 73°46′E / 18.72°N 73.77°E / 18.72; 73.77Coordinates: 18°43′N 73°46′E / 18.72°N 73.77°E / 18.72; 73.77
Country India
StateMaharashtra
DistrictPune
Elevation
594 m (1,949 ft)
Population
 (2001)
 • Total5,340
Languages
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)

Dehu is a census town in Pune district in the state of Maharashtra, India. Dehu is known for being the abode of Sant Tukaram. The Tukaram Palakhi heading to Pandharpur originates from Dehu in the month of Ashadh.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[1] Dehu had a population of 6,133 of which 3,178 are males while 2,955 are females. Dehu has an average literacy rate of 88.64 %, higher than the national average of 74.04%: male literacy is 92.79% and, female literacy is 84.22%. In Dehu, 10.76% of the population is under 6 years of age.[2] More, Kalokhe, Chavan, Hagavne and Mulani are famous and old surnames in Dehu.

Sant Tukaram[edit]

Sant Tukaram lived in Dehu. His temple is located on the banks of the Indrayani river.[3][4][5] This temple was constructed by his younger son Narayanbaba in 1723. A rock where Saint Tukaram was on fast is also here.

Important Places associated with Tukaram in Dehu are:

  • Tukaram Maharaj Janm Sthan Temple, Dehu – place where Tukaramji was born, around which a temple was built later
  • Saint Tukaram Vaikunthstan Temple, Dehu – from where Tukaramji ascended to Vaikunth in his mortal form; there is a nice ghat behind this temple along the Indrayani river
  • Saint Tukaram Maharaj Gatha Mandir, Dehu – modern structure; massive building housing a big statue of Tukaram; In the Gatha temple, about 4,000 abhangs (verses) created by Tukaram maharaj were carved on the walls.[6]

Indrayani River[edit]

Indrayani river flows through Dehu which later flows through Alandi. The place where Lord Vitthal gave blessings to Saint Tukaram, which is now the main temple in Dehu consisting of 'Swayambhu' (self-existing) idols of Lord Vitthal and goddess Rakhumai is situated on the banks of river Indrayani. The region of Dehu is known as a 'Sri Kshetra' as it holds the self existing idols of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi in the form of Vitthal and Rukhmini respectively.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census of India 2011: Data from the 2011 Census, including cities, Villages and Towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Dehu City Population Census 2011 - Maharashtra". www.census2011.co.in. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  3. ^ MyGuru. "Sant Tukaram details: Sant Tukaram information". www.myguru.in. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  4. ^ "TUKARAM (SANT)". Sagar World. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Tukaram 17th century Marathi poet - Dehu, Pune, Maharashtra, India". tukaram.com. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.gathamandir.com/Inner/About_Saint_Tukaram.html
  7. ^ "Dehu and Alandi - Sovereign Maharashtra". www.maharashtramaza.info. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Indrayani River in India". Retrieved 17 October 2017.