|Founded by||Mahmud Begada|
|Elevation||33 m (108 ft)|
|• Official||Gujarati, Hindi|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Telephone code||02694 or 912694|
Mahemdavad was established by the king Mahmud Begada, the grandson of Ahmed Shah, and it was initially named as Mahmudabad after king Mahmud.
As of 2001[update] India census, Mahemdavad has a population of 30,769. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Mahemdavad has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 77%, and female literacy is 63%. In Mahemdavad, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Places of interest
Mahemdabad has some historical places such as the Bhammariyo Kuvo (Kuvo meaning well), Chanda-Suraj No Mehal (Chanda meaning moon, Suraj meaning sun and Mehal meaning palace) as well as Roza Rozi. It is believed that there are some underground secret routes connecting from Bhammariyo Kuvo to Ahemdabad, Pavagadh and Junagadh. The site is currently being restored and developed as a place of cultural heritage. Roza Rozi is a popular picnic spot for the local residents, and during the auspicious events of Eid, a fun fair is set up in there. Chanda-Suraj No Mehal is believed to be built by the emperor as a resting place after he went hunting.
Shree Siddhivinayak Devasthan
The idol of Lord Ganesha was decided to be of 83 ft, which had a reason behind it. The visionary for this temple Late Dahibaji passed off at the age of 83 with this vision.
Shree Siddhivinayak Devasthan is one of the biggest temple in structure and with an inbuilt lift facility in India
• Huge Mountainous Temple Structure in the shape of Lord Ganesha. • The Holy Flame in the Temple which has been piously brought from the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, commands immense faith and respect among devotees. • The temple holds the idol of Lord Ganesha 71 Feet above Ground Level. • Built in around 600,000 Square Feet Area. • Ashtha Vinayak has its own importance in every Ganesh temple with that there are unique idol of Ganeshji from Shri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan etc various countries. With the three unique and uncommon components which is ideal for a Ganeshji Temple,
1. Bank of river (Vatrak) 2. White Calotropis Gigantea (white Akra) 3. It’s on the main junction (Mehmdabad) Easy to access with any mode of transportation for devotees.
The Devasthan campus have spiritual forest, Ganesha gallary, Shree siddhivinayak Prasadam(Food Court), Amusement park. The temple also have Akhand jyoti for Lord Ganesha. The development of the complete project is headed personally by Mr. Narendra Bhai Purohit and the estimated time for completion was approximately 1 year. Influenced by the immense devotion of his mother Daibaji to Lord Ganesha ,Mr. Narendra Bhai Purohit, CEO and Managing Director of Purohit Construction, took an initiative to come up with a splendid devasthan for Lord Ganesha near Ahmedabad city. After a prolonged effort and with under the guidance of Mahatmas and saints it was visualized that the temple should be located near a river and easily accessible to the devotees of Lord Ganesha. Based on this the search was initiated and then the best location was located at the bank of river Vatrak near Ahmedbad- Mehemdabad State Highway. The land of 22 Bigha(Need to Write in sq. Meter) was acquired by Narendra Bhai for this noble cause and very soon with the blessing of Late Daibaji the work was initiated. The idol of Lord Ganesha was decided to be of 83 ft, which had a reason behind it. The visionary for this temple Late Daibaji passed off at the age of 83 with this vision.
Shree Siddhivinayak Devasthan, GJ SH 3, Nr Vatrak River, Mahemdabad, Gujarat 387130 Web Address: http://srisiddhivinayak.com
Roza Rozi is a Maqbara (Drgah Sarif of Mubarak Said, R.A.) located near Ghodali village with a distance of 3 km from Mahemdavad. Roza Rozi is a holy place for Muslims, so there is a fair on Uras (Muslim festival). Every year the Uras is celebrated after the 10th day of Eid-ul-Fitra with lots of joy.
The myth about Roza Rozi is that one cannot count the pillars of the building. Every time one counts, one gets a different figure. People get confused while counting because of its architectural design.
Chanda-Suraj Mahel was a palace but now it is worn out.
Chanda-Suraj Mahel is located on the Vatrak River bank near The Cremation Ground.
This is an ancient well with seven floors (stories) below the ground. Each floor has a different architecture. Currently floors four to seven of the well are filled so visitors are only able to view the top three floors. It was built during the Gujarat Sultanate.
A popular myth about the well is that Mahmud Begada built a swing in this well with the water level up to his neck, to reduce the heat he continuously felt because of side effects of a daily dose of toxin, which his mother gave him in small amounts to immunize him from any attempts to poison him by enemies.
Educational institutes of Mahemdabad include: Shanti Niketan English School, Seth J. H. Sonawala High School, St. Xavier's High School, Vedanta High School and the local municipal school. A PTC (Primary Teachers' Certificate) college has come up recently in the town. Most of the schools instruct their students in Gujarati.
- Shanti Niketan English School runs nursery to 6th in English medium. International methodology applied keeping Indian values as high priority.
- Sheth J. H. Sonawala High School runs 5th std. to 12th std. in science, commerce and arts stream in Gujarati medium.
- Gyanjyot High School runs 1st std. to 12th std. in commerce and arts stream in Gujarati medium.
- St. Xavier's School runs KG TO 12th std with science and commerce streams. Also English medium from KG to 5th std.
- Trinity School runs 1st std to 7th std. in English medium.
- Santram primary school runs 1st std. to 7th std.
- Shree Nyalkaran English Medium School runs from 1st std.
- Shree Sarvoday Vidhya Mandir Modaj, Mahemdavad runs 9th std to 12th std.
Government Polytechnic Kheda(Govt of Gujarat) is situated near Raska Wier in Mahemdabad Taluka(tahesil) under Gujarat Technological University.
- Manekchock Co-Op. Bank Arts & Mahemdabad Urban People's Co-Op. Bank Commerce College runs graduation in commerce and arts stream
- The Mahemdabad Education Society B. Ed. College
- Degree College of Physical Education
- Gayatri Kelavani Mandal Sanchalit B. P. E. and Yoga College
- D. A. Diploma Engineering and Technology
- D. A. Degree Engineering and Technology
The market place is situated at the heart of the town. The market area is marked by the Virol Darwaja (gate). The market remains open on all days except for Saturday. A variety of small scale cottage industries are found in Mahemdabad. The most popular is the leather bag cottage industry. People from surrounding cities come specially to Mahemdabad to buy purses, hand bags and school bags. In addition, the cobbler is also very famous for his ever-lasting shoes. Apart from these, there are a number of cloth merchants, pharmacies, one or two gold merchants, a few utensils merchants et cetera. On the whole trade and commerce are developed to a good extent here.
Surrounding the market area, a number of residential societies have developed. The oldest of these are: Navjeevan-1,2 and Bapukaka society. These are situated right beside the railway station. There is a Shiv temple in Navjeevan-1. During the festival of Navratri, people celebrate and play Garba in the yard of this Shiv temple. New society areas like Ashutosh, Sarvoday Society, Mrudul Park, Shroff Nagar, Jyoti Park etc. have developed on the road opposite to the Viral Darwaja. Radhe Kishan Park Residency is on Mahemdawad Khatraj Crossing Road.
Entertainment is very limited in this town. There are two run-down theatres which screen some local Gujarati movies. One or two cyber-cafes have come up recently.
As well as a municipal hospital, there are private hospitals, the main one being Lucky Hospital just outside of the main market. It was established in 1985 by Dr. Vijay Ajmera and provides very good care for its patients. Dr. Ajmera is very well known and the only MD gynecologist in the taluka of Mahemdavad which includes some 80 surrounding villages.
During the summer season, a number of gola walas (vendors) fill the road between Viral Darwaja and Railway station. People are seen loitering till late nights on these roads and eating golas (gola is made by pressing small ice cubes on a wooden stick and then a flavored liquid like rose, kala khatta etc. is poured on it). In addition, one or two dabeli walas, pav bhaji walas and sugar-cane vendors make good business during the cool summer nights.
Near the railway station, there is a samadhi of Eknathji – a local saint.
It is located at  In the '90s Mahemdabad was famous for its "Dhebri", a delicious crunchy item at Mahemdabad Station..
National Highway 59 passes through Mahemdabad.
Mahemdavad links to Ahmedabad, Surat and Ratlam.
Mahemdavad has a bus station for local buses which link to Nadiad, Anand, Ahmedabad, Dakor, and Kheda.
Khatraj Chokdi (The five junction road) near Mahemdavad is connected to major cities by
- Ahmedabad road
- Modaj, Ghodasar, Haldarvas Road
- Mankava, Kathalal road
- Mahudha, Dakor, Godhra road
- Nadiad, Anand, Vadodara road
- Kheda, Limbasi, Khmbhat road
All the express buses stop at Khatraj Chokdi.
The nearest international airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad. The airport code is AMD. It is only 33 km from Mahemdavad connected by road. There are direct domestic flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata. Also there are direct international flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Kuwait, London, Chicago and Frankfurt.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Mahemdavad
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