Manasa, Madhya Pradesh
Mandiron Ki Nagri
|• Body||Nagar Palika|
|• Total||2.76 km2 (1.07 sq mi)|
|Elevation||439 m (1,440 ft)|
|• Density||9,600/km2 (25,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
- 1 History
- 2 Places of worship
- 3 Monuments
- 4 Geography
- 5 Transport
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Cuisine
- 8 Areas
- 9 Education
- 10 Economy
- 11 References
It is a major town in Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh. Manasa is a seat of the legislative assembly. It is tehsil headquarters. The town is well connected by road from Mandsaur, Neemuch and also to Kota via Bhanpura. It was under the princely state of Holker before independence.
Places of worship
Many temples and mosques are found across Manasa.
The town is famous for its number of temples including that of lord Badrivishal and Dwarkadhish. Many temples were built in Manasa during the regime of Ahilya Devi Holker. Some of its temples are:
|Name of temple||Address in Manasa||Image|
|Shri Badrivishal Mandir||Ghandhi Chock|
|Jabreshwar Mahadev Mandir||Bada Baghela|
|Dwarikadish Mandir||Ghandhi Chock|
|Sai Mandir||Police Colony|
|Murli Mandir||Bada Bagela|
|Hanuman Mandir||Rani Laxmi Bai Marg|
|Shri Ram Mandir||Usha Ganj Colony (South)|
|Shri Charbhuja Temple||Kapda Bazar|
|Shri Manshapurn Mahadev||Sadar Bazar|
The town has two major mosques:
There is a famous monument in Manasa which is known as Vijay Stamba (Vijay Sthamb). It is made of white polished marble and is 1.7 meters tall. It lies at the intersection of Sadar Bazar Road and City Hospital Road, near Sabzi Mandi (Vegetable Market) and also near the famous temple Shree Manshapurn Mahadev Madir. It is in front of the famous Baser ji ka baada. Vijay Stamba denotes for Victory, as its meaning is "The Pillar of Victory." It was built in 1960, i.e. 13 years after independence.
The soils in the Manasa Tehsil are generally of four types: medium deep black cotton soil, red loamy soil, laterite soil and alluvial soil. Black cotton soil is derived from weathering and disintegration of basaltic lava flow. Most of the district is covered by medium deep black soil. Red loamy soil consists of sandy loam to clayey loam and is brick in colour. This soil is derived from Vindhyan sandstone and shale and occurring in the valley portion on the plateau and adjacent to hill composed of Vindhyan sandstone. This type of soil covers a northern part of the district. Laterite soil dark brown to pink coloured lateritic soil is found as capping over hillocks of basaltic terrain. Alluvial soils are grayish yellow to brownish yellow in colour and are found along the major rivers.
Nature and surroundings
Outer parts of the town are surrounded with large agricultural farmlands.
Gardens and parks
There are two gardens and one park in Manasa:
|Usha Ganj Park||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Free|
Manasa has two major ponds. Rampira Talab lies in the Neemuch Naka, visible from MP SH 31A and also from Dhakani Road. Manasa Talai lies on Mandsaur Naka near the temple of God Shani Dev. It is visible from Mandsaur Road.
Many other ponds are found within and around the tehsil of Manasa.
Manasa is well connected by roads. Madhya Pradesh State Highway 31A passes from here.
There are basic transport facilities in and near Manasa.
Major routes of buses from Manasa:
- Manasa - Kukdeshwar - Rampura - Ghandhi Sagar (Chambal) - Rawatbhata - Kota - Bundi
- Manasa - Kukdeshwar - Rampura - Ghandhi Sagar(Chambal) - Bhanpura - Kota
- Manasa - Piplia - Mandsaur - Ratlam-Ujjain
- Manasa - Sawankund - Savan - Girdauda - Neemuch
- Manasa - Dhakani - Kacholi
While going through Neemuch:
Orange background: in Madhya Pradesh; white background: in Rajasthan
|From||Route of||Next station||Station 3||Station 4|
The town also has two major bus stops, Rampura Naka Bus Stop and Mandsaur Naka Bus Stop.
The railway network is not currently established in Manasa. One can go to Neemuch or Piplia to get a train.
The nearest railway station is at Neemuch. (distance - 30 km)
Other nearby stations
Note: red coloured: in Madhya Pradesh; white coloured: in Rajasthan
|Station name||Distance from Manasa|
|Neemuch Railway Station||30 km|
|Piplia Railway Station||40 km|
|Nimbahera Railway Station||53.7 km|
|Mandsaur Railway Station||58 km|
|Chittaurgarh Railway Station||90.1 km|
|Jaora Railway Station||124 km|
|Kota Junction||172 km|
|Ratlam Junction||182 km|
Manasa has two helipads, one near Vivakanand Colony and another near Sawankund village.
The nearest airport is Maharana Pratap Airport or Dabok Airport at Udaipur (distance - 137 km). 
An airstrip (हवाई पट्टी) also exists on the south of railway line near Jaisingpura village which is in Neemuch District. It is 31 km away from Manasa and the estimated time to reach there is 43 minutes.
As of 2011[update] India census, Manasa had a population of 26,822. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Manasa has an average literacy rate of 68%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 77%, and female literacy is 58%. In Manasa, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.
All national festivals such as Teej, RangTeras, Raksha Bandhan, Krishna Janmashtami, Navratri, Durga puja, Dussehra, Ganesh Utsav, Deepavali, Ramzan, Gudi Padwa, Bhaidooj and others like Nagpanchmi are celebrated here.
Manasa has a wide variety of Namkeens, Samosas, Poha, Kachoris and Jalebi.
Local sweets are aam - Pak, rabdi, gulabjamun, doodh - pak and Paida. Namkeen are Papdi, Sev, Mixture and Dal.
The life in Manasa starts early with chuskis of chai (tea) with garam-garam (hot) poha and samosas, followed by a lunch which invariably includes popular besan preparations. Later in the day one can easily find snacks like dal kachori, patties, bhel puri, pani puri, and Chana Jor Garam. Numerous sweets shops have enjoyed a nice business in Manasa at Chopad Gataa ("The Heart of Town") and RLB (Rani Laxmi Bai Road) corner where one may find delicacies to enjoy after dinner like gajak, gulab jamoon, garadu, rabri, hot boiled milk, ice creams, shakes, and finally tasty paan to end the day.
Special halwai of Manasa:
- SODANI gulab jamun wale - Sadar Bazzar, Manasa
- Jagdish Litre - Sadar Bazzar, Manasa
- Mona Chat - Punjabi Colony
- Mausam Bahar, 5 Patashe - Punjabi Colony
- Sonu Soda CenTre - RLB Road
- Bhandari Kulfi - Court Area
- Hotel Ganpat - Mandsaur Naka
- Hotel Kalu - near Laxman Mandir
- Totla sev - Bada baghela
Manasa, being a developing town, is slowly emerging and expanding its areas.
- Court Area covers the area near the Local Judiciary Court of Manasa.
- Purana Manasa was the first civilization in Manasa. The town started its expansions from here. Long ago, it was the only part where people lived.
- Bada Bagela was named after a big Bohra mosque, Bohra Mazjid, which exists slightly in the center of this area. Bada Bagela consists of four streets of Manasa and seven other narrow streets known as Galis are in it.
|• Total||0.39 km2 (0.15 sq mi)|
|Elevation||439 m (1,440 ft)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
- Ghandhi Chock was named after a famous little stage in Manasa known as Ghandhi Chock. The area starts right from the stage and ends at the historic temple of Badrivishal. The area does have a large territory road in it known as Sadar Bazar Road.
- Junasath is probably the longest area as it covers over a long street known as Junasath Marg. It is a famous Momidian area which contains many tailoring stores.
- Gayatri Nagar
- Govind Colony
- Usha Ganj Colony is regarded as the poshest area in the town. A big garden is situated in its center. The cost per feet area of any plot in this places is over twenty thousand rupees. The colony is well sanitized and clean. The roads are wide and provide ease to every resident.
- Ambedkar Colony
- Akshat Nagar
- Ma Vihar Colony
- Vivekanand Colony
- Anand Vihar Colony
- Maheshvaram Vihar Colony
- Noori Colony
- Wonder City
- Ishawar Nagar
Towards the north:
- Bhatkhedi Naka
Towards the west:
- Neemuch Naka
Towards the north east:
- Rampura Naka
Towards the south:
- Mandsaur Naka
- Ghati Moholla is covered on the topmost surface area of Manasa and hence was named as Ghati which means High surface or slanting areas.
- Dhobhi Moholla is famous for a number of cloth washers who have their business and houses there. It was named after Dhobhi as it means "washerman".
- Kapda Bazar - A clothing market is present in Manasa. The cloth market is concentrated in a long narrow street, known as the Kapda Bazaar Road. With a number or clothing stores, some jewelry stores are also found there.
- Sadar Bazar - This is a combination of a steady market as well as houses of middle-class families. The market starts right from the great temple of Shri Badrivishal and extends well up to the memorable monument – "Vijay Sthamba." The road here is wide and provides almost everything that a person needs in day-to-day life. Things that can be found here are medical stores, clothing stores, groceries, electronics and electricals, stationery products, fast food and sweets, seeds and fertilizers, chilies and species, paan vendors, fruits and vegetables.
- Chopadgatta - numerous sweets shops have enjoyed business in Manasa at Chopadgataa which is referred to as "the heart of town" where one finds food items to enjoy after dinner, like gajak, gulab jamoon, rabri, and hot boiled milk.
- The Bus Stand Market is situated on the wide Bus Stand Road which is a major road of the town. It is a large commercial place where stores and shops of different products can be found. Sweets, clothes, shoes, electronics and groceries can be found in this market. The location of the bus station of Manasa here provides this area a good economy and transportation.
- Krashi Uphja Mandi
Manasa has primary and senior secondary schools affiliated with the M.P. Board and CBSE Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The town has over 30 Schools:-
- Carmel convent school (CBSE)
- Little Flower Convent Higher Secondary School (M.P. Board)
- Aastha International School (CBSE)
- Innocent Children Academy (CBSE)
- Carmel convent school (CBSE)
- Sharda Vidhya Niketan school
There are many more, including private and government schools
Colleges and universities
- Government Ramchandra Vishwanath college, affiliated to Vikram University Ujjain
- Aastha College of Education Manasa
- Swami Vivekanand Institute of Technology, affiliated to Makhanlal Chaturvedi University
The main economy of Manasa proper is business but the economy of the villages covered by Manasa (whole tehsil) is mainly based on the agriculture market which is one of the largest producers of mandi in Neemuch District. Some of the crops traded in the agriculture market of Manasa are wheat, maize, groundnut, gram, garlic, soybean, mustard, posta, corn, potato, onion and different types of pulses.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Manasa
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.