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|• Official||Gujarati, Hindi|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Nearest city||Bharuch/ Ankleshwer|
|Avg. summer temperature||43 °C (109 °F)|
|Avg. winter temperature||20 °C (68 °F)|
Zhagadia (also spelled Jhagadia; Gujarati: ઝઘડીયા) is a taluka in Bharuch district in the state of Gujarat, India. Zhagadia is located 2 mi (3.2 km) south of the southern bank of the Narmada River. It is southeast of the historic town ShuklaThirth, where Chanakya lived until he returned to Pataliputra (now Patna). The economy of Zhagadia is dependent on industrial area (GIDC) and the fertile land where bananas, sugar cane, cotton, wheat, sorghum, and other vegetables and fruits are grown and exported. Trade to the interior villages, local government offices, and Seva Rural Hospital and local businesses provide most of the employment.
In Zhagadia is the town Bhalod, on the Narmada riverbank, across from another town, Koral. Bhalod is known for farming bananas, cotton, and sugar cane, although it suffers from a high rate of emigration, primarily to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Africa. The town is famous for its cultural activities, such as the three-day program of Gangadashahara. During this period, many Brahmins from various parts of Gujarat and elswhere travel to Bhalod to be blessed by the holy River Narmada, in celebration of the 'birth' of the holy River Ganges. Bhalod is host to a number of temples, including Ramnath Mahadev, Mokshnath Mahadev, Datatrey, Ranchhodnathji and Gayatri Mata.
Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation has developed a megaindustrial estate in Zhagadia. Companies there include: Saint-Gobain, Pepsico, United Phosporous, Gulbrandsen Technologies, Kohler, S. Kumar, Century Textile and Industries, Aarti Industries Limited, BEC Fertilizers Limited, Welspun, Metco Roof, Brakes India and Agrotech (an affiliate of ConAgra).
For students too young for high school, the public schools are divided into male and female schools. Zaghadia has an all-female primary and middle school and an all-male primary and middle school. Two high schools serve the local population. The oldest high school is Diwan Dhanji Shah High School, which was founded in 1942 by Diwan of Rajpipla's King, a group of concerned citizens in response to the lack of public education in the remote region. The result of their efforts, at least in part, was that the strength of the education program in the 1950s and 1960s was noted throughout Gujarat.
A private school, Manav School, also exists in Zaghadia.
Places to visit include: Jain Daherasar, Kabirvad, Gayatri Mandir, and Hanuman Temple. Trips to banana farms and a ride in bullock cart in fields are popular experiences.
Gumandev, an old temple of Lord Hanumanji, is a sacred place in Bharuch, 3 km (1.9 mi) from Zhagadia. Many people from different parts of the world visit this temple; it is considered a reflection of a person's faith that they visit.
Notes and references
- Official website of Gujarat, the state where Zaghadia is located