Manasa, Madhya Pradesh
(The Town of Temples)
|Nickname(s): 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||IST (UTC+5:30)|
- 1 History
- 2 Places Of Worship
- 3 Monuments
- 4 Geography
- 5 Transport
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Cuisine
- 8 Electronic media
- 9 Areas
- 10 Education
- 11 Economy
- 12 References
It is a major town in Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh. Manasa is a seat of Madhya Pradesh 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 princly state of Holker before independence.
Places Of Worship
Many temples and mosques are found across Manasa. Some of them are listed below:
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 famous temples are:
|Name of temple||Address in Manasa||Image|
|Shri Badrivishal Mandir||Ghandhi Chock|
|Dwarikadish Mandir||Ghandhi Chock||(No Image)|
|Sai Mandir||Police Colony|
|Murli Mandir||Bada Bagela||(No Image)|
|Hanuman Mandir||Rani Laxmi Bai Marg||(No Image)|
|Shri Ram Mandir||Usha Ganj Colony (South)||(No Image)|
|Shri Charbhuja Temple||Kapda Bazar||(No Image)|
|Shri Manshapurn Mahadev||Sadar Bazar||(No Image)|
The town consists of two major mosques:
Not many but there is a famous monument in Manasa which is well known as Vijay Stamba (Vijay Sthamb). It is made up of white polished marble and stand at height of 1.7 meters. It lies on 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. Vijay Stamba denotes for Victory, as its meaning is The Pillar Of Victory. It was built in 1960, i.e. 13 years after independence and 55 years ago from now.
The soils in the Manasa Tehsil are generally of four types viz., 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. Major parts of the district are covered by medium deep black soils. Red loamy soils consist of sandy loam to clayey loam and brick in colour. This soil is derived from Vindhyan sandstone and shale and occurring in 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 occupy along the major rivers.
Nature & Surroundings
Outer parts of the town are surrounded with large agricultural farmlands.
Gardens & Parks
There are 2 gardens & 1 park in Manasa:
|Name of the Garden/Park||Pigeons||Rabbits||Tortoise||Slides/Swings||Benches||Charge|
|Usha Ganj Park||Yes||Yes||Probably||No||Yes||Free|
Manasa have two major ponds - Rampira Talab which lies in the Neemuch Naka, visible from MP SH 31A & also from Dhakani Road . The other is Manasa Talai which 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
- Manasa - Sawankund - Savan - Girdauda - Neemuch
- Manasa - Dhakani - Kacholi
While Going Through Neemuch:
Orange Background: In Madhya Pradesh and White Background: In Rajasthan
|From||Route Of||Next Station||Station 3||Station 4|
The town also have two major Bus Stops named as, 'Rampura Naka Bus Stop' and 'Mandsaur Naka Bus Stop' respectively.
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
|Station Name||Distance from Manasa|
|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|
The airplane network is not currently established in Manasa. One can go to Udaipur or Indore to get on a flight.
However, Manasa have two helipads. Situated near Vivakanand Colony and another near Sawankund village.
Nearest Airport is Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport at Indore (Distance-193 km). 
An airstrip (हवाई पट्टी) also exist on the south of railway line near Jaisingpura village which is in Neemuch District. It is 31 km away from Manasa and 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 Holi, Gangaur, Teej, RangTeras, Baisakhi, Raksha Bandhan, Krishna Janmashtami, Mahavir jayanti, Navratri, Durga puja, Dussehra, Ganesh Utsav, Deepavali, Ramzan, Gudi Padwa, Bhaidooj, Eid, Christmas, and others like Nagpanchmi are celebrated with equal enthusiasm.
Manasa has a wide variety of Namkeens, Samosas, Poha, Kachoris and Jalebi.
Special Sweets: Aam - Pak, Rabdi, Gulabjamun, Doodh - Pak & Paida.
Famous Namkeen : Papdi, Sev, Mixture & Dal.
The life in Manasa starts early with chuskis of 'Chai' (tea) with Garam - Garam (Hot) Poha & Samosa followed by delicious lunch which invariably includes popular 'besan preparations'. Later in the day one can easily find snacks like ' Dal Kachori.', 'Samosa', 'Patties', 'Baked Samosa', 'Bhel Puri',' Pani Puri', 'Chana Jor Garam'etc. Numerous Shops of Sweets have enjoyed nice business in Manasa at Chopad Gataa (The Heart of Town) and RLB (Rani Laxmi Bai Road) corner where one finds lot of delicacies to enjoy after a nice dinner like – 'Gajak', 'Gulab Jamoon', 'Garadu', 'Rabri', 'Hot Boiled Milk', Ice-Creams, 'Shakes' etc. and finally tasty 'Paan' to end your day.
Jolanya Cable is a Digital cable distribution that firm with 80% coverage of the city. Manasa have its own TV news channel called 'Jolanya news'.
The town is covered by a large network of optical fiber cables. There is one fixed telephone line operator in the city: BSNL. There are eight mobile phone companies in which GSM players include BSNL, Reliance, Vodafone, Idea, Airtel, Aircel, Tata DoCoMo, Videocon Mobile Service while CDMA services offered by BSNL, Virgin Mobile, Tata Indicom, and Reliance.
Manasa being a developing town, is slowly emerging and expanding its areas. Major Areas of Manasa are:
- Court Area
As its name is Court Area, it covers the area near the Local Judiciary Court of Manasa.
- Purana Manasa
Purana Manasa was the first civilization that took place in Manasa. The town started it's expansions from here. Long ago, it was the only part where people lived.
- Bada Bagela
|• Total||0.39 km2 (0.15 sq mi)|
|Elevation||439 m (1,440 ft)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Bada Bagela in Manasa was named after a big Bohra Mosque - Bohra Mazjid which exists slightly in the center of this area. Bada Bagela consists of 4 streets of Manasa and 7 other narrow streets known as Galis are in it.
- Ghandhi Chock
The area was actually 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 do 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 which is known as Junasath Marg. It is a pretty famous Momidian area in Manasa which consists many tailoring stores.
Colonies & Nagars
- Govind Colony
- Usha Ganj Colony
- Ambedkar Colony
- Akshat Nagar
- Ma Vihar Colony
- Vivekanand Colony
- Anand Vihar Colony
- Maheshvaram Vihar Colony
- Noori Colony
- Wonder City
- Ishawar Nagar
- Bhatkhedi Naka
- Neemuch Naka
Towards North East:
- Rampura Naka
- Mandsaur Naka
- Ghati Moholla
Ghati Moholla is covered on the topmost surface area of Manasa and hence was name as Ghati which means High surface or slanting areas.
- Dhobhi Moholla
Dhobhi Moholla is famous for a number of cloth washers who have there business and houses there. It was named after Dhobhi as it means, Washerman.
- Kapda Bazar
- Sadar Bazar
Numerous Shops of Sweets have enjoyed nice business in Manasa at Chopadgataa which is referred as The heart of town where one finds lot of tasty food items to enjoy after dinner like – 'Gajak', 'Gulab Jamoon', 'Rabri', 'Hot Boiled Milk' etc.
- Bus Stand Market
- Krashi Upakh Mandi
Manasa have primary and senior secondary schools affiliated with the M.P. Board and CBSE Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The town consists of over 30 different schools.
Collages & universities
- Government Ramchandra Vishwanath college Affiliated to Vikram University Ujjain.
- Swami Vivekanand Institute of Technology affiliated to Makhanlal Chaturvedi University at Rampura Naka, Manasa.
- Manasa ITI
The local economy of Manasa is mainly based on the agriculture produce market (Krishi Upaj Mandi in local Hindi language) which is one of the largest production Mandi of Neemuch District. Some of the crops traded in the agriculture market of Manasa are Wheat, Maize, Groundnut, Gram, Garlic, Soyabean, Mustard, Posta, Corn, Potato, Onion and different types of pulses. Manasa have a post office and LIC Area Office.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Manasa
- Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 17, p. 109.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.