Jamkhed

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Jamkhed
जामखेड
City
Jamkhed is located in Maharashtra
Jamkhed
Jamkhed
Location in Maharashtra, India
Jamkhed is located in India
Jamkhed
Jamkhed
Jamkhed (India)
Coordinates: 18°43′N 75°19′E / 18.72°N 75.32°E / 18.72; 75.32Coordinates: 18°43′N 75°19′E / 18.72°N 75.32°E / 18.72; 75.32
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Ahmednagar
Elevation 590 m (1,940 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 34,017
Demonym(s) Jamkhedkar
Languages
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Jamkhed is a census town in Ahmednagar district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is on the Ahmednagar-Beed State Highway, 78 kilometres from Ahmednagar. Its postal code is 413201.

Geography[edit]

Jamkhed is located at 18°43′N 75°19′E / 18.72°N 75.32°E / 18.72; 75.32.[1] It has an average elevation of 590 metres (1935 feet).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census, Jamkhed had a population of 34,017. Males constituted 52.7% of the population and females 47.3%. Jamkhed had an average literacy rate of 69%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy was 76%, and female literacy was 63%. In Jamkhed, 14% of the population was under 6 years of age.

Education[edit]

Schools[edit]

  • Shri Nagesh Vidhalaya
  • L.N. Hoshing high School
  • Navin Marathi Primary school
  • Shemford Futuristic School
  • Chate Kids
  • Lord Mahavir English school
  • Kids English Medium School (Beed Road)
  • Jamkhed Public School
  • Savitribai Phule English School

Colleges[edit]

  • Shri Nagesh Junior College
  • L.N. Hoshing Junior College
  • Jamkhed Mahavidyalaya
  • Rajmata Jijau High School And Junior College

History[edit]

The village Chondi, the birthplace of Punyashlok Rajmata Ahilyadevi Holkar, is in this taluka. The state government of Maharashtra has decided to develop Chondi as a national memorial.

The Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed, was started by doctors Rajanikant and Mabelle Arole in 1970. This project resulted in a Magsaysay Award for Rajanikant and his late wife Mabelle. The CRHP has been a catalyst for social change and positive transformation in Jamkhed and the surrounding villages ever since. The approach is known as comprehensive community-based primary health care. The project promotes primary health care around the world and offers training nationally and internationally. The Jamkhed model of primary health care focuses on giving the health of people into their own hands.

A historical fort at Kharda is a historical tourist attraction. It commemorates the Battle of Kharda fought between the Maratha Confederacy under the Peshwa at Poona and the Nizam of Hyderabad, in 1795. The Nizam was defeated in the battle and was Maratha's last battle. The fort is at ground level and is still in good condition. Sultanraje Nimbalkar was the last ruler of this fort.

Rameshwar, a holy place near Jamkhed, has some mythological importance since the time of Ramayana. In Shravan (August) the place is crowded with visitors and villagers for prayers and for enjoying a pleasant waterfall.

Culture[edit]

Jamkhed hosts the popular annual Nag Panchami fair in July or August.

Jamkhed is the home of famous Marathi film producer and humourist Ramdas Futane, who produced films such as Samanaa (1975), directed by Jabbar Patel and written by playwright Vijay Tendulkar. Futane also produced and directed Sarvasakshi (1978), based on the mass murder case of Manvat. Both films were shot in and around Jamkhed.

Jamkhed has a water supply under gravity from Bhutwada Talaw which was on a higher level than the town.

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