Mehkar

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Mehkar
City
Nickname(s): 
The Historical City, Heart of Maharashtra.
Mehkar is located in Maharashtra
Mehkar
Mehkar
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 20°9′0″N 76°34′30″E / 20.15000°N 76.57500°E / 20.15000; 76.57500Coordinates: 20°9′0″N 76°34′30″E / 20.15000°N 76.57500°E / 20.15000; 76.57500
Country India
StateMaharashtra
DistrictBuldhana
Area
 • Total200 km2 (80 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total65,245
 • Density330/km2 (840/sq mi)
Languages
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
443301
Telephone code(07268)
Vehicle registrationMH-28
Coastline0
Nearest cityChikhli,Washim,Khamgaon,Jalna
Sex ratio92 /
Literacy89%
Avg. summer temperature45 °C (113 °F)
Avg. winter temperature22 °C (72 °F)

Mehkar is a city and a municipal council in Buldhana district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was previously known as 'Meghankar Nagari'.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census Mehkar had a population of 65,245 constitute 51.64% of the population and females 78.36%. Mehkar has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 62.5%: male literacy is 76%, and female literacy is 65%. In Mehkar, 18% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Haran Tekdi[edit]

Haran Tekdi has a great old time temple. There is anecdotal saying about this place that 'Lord Rama' had stayed here during his 'vanwasa' , he once caught a deer- Haran in Marathi language, so the name 'Haran Tekdi'.

Shri Nrusiha Mandir[edit]

Prahlad Varad Shri Laxmi Nrusiha Mandir is the temple of God Nrusiha situated at the bank of Painganga. It is the oldest idol in the city belongs to the 4th century A.D. Pre Vakatak Period. This idol is founded by Shri Shyamraj Maharaj Pitale in 1479. According to the dream, he got it in the Malipeth area in the underground two rooms. Sant Shri Balabhau Maharaj Pitale was a saint, devotee of Narasimha. Now his disciple Ad. Rangnath Maharaj Pitale (Babasaheb) maintains all traditions of this Mandir.

Shwasanand Saraswati at Sant Shri Balabhau Maharaj Pitale[edit]

Om Brahmi Shwasanand Saraswati Urf Sant Shri Balabhau Maharaj Pitale is the first saint of Varkari Sampradaya in Vidarbha borne at Mehkar in 1888 A.D. He was Disciple of Aanandi Aatmanand Rangnath Maharaj, Navha (Di. Buldana). He formed Hans Sampradaya which is under the Varkari Cult. Many miracles happened in his biography. He started first Dindi for Pandharpur, Paithan, Mahur, Ghrushneshwar, Muktai Nagar from Mehkar. He worked for Jatibhed Nirmulan (demolishing of Cast system), equality, the spread of love in society and up-gradation of suppressed class like women and lower classes of society. In his life of 42 years, he obeyed all four Aashramas and in the last, he became Paramhans Parivrajkacharya 1008 Om Brahmee Shwasanand Saraswati. He took Sanjieevan Samadhee at Varanasi in 1930 A.D. At Mehkar he built Dnyanmandir as his Gurupeeth. Now Gurupeethdhish Ad. Rangnath Maharaj Pitale is keeping all Parampara.

Shree Sant Gajanan Maharaj and Senaji Maharaj Mandir (Nabhik)[edit]

It has a temple called "Shree Sant Gajanan Maharaj on Dongaon road and Senaji Maharaj" And "Vitthal Rukhmini" (Mola Road, Sena Nagar, Mehkar). It also has in its surrounding i.e. 12  km to its north a mosque of Awaliya Naba outside the precincts of a village named Mola and which is largely revered by Muslims as well as Hindus all around Mehkar.

Balaji Temple[edit]

An idol of Lord Balaji, along with copper scripture (Tamrapat) was found during digging in 1888 AD. There is a temple of the Hindu God Balaji that is more than 120 years old. The documents written on copper found with Balaji's sculpture are now in the British Museum, England. it is the largest sculpture of Lord Balaji in Asia.[citation needed]

This idol is made in a single black stone. There is a yearly celebration for Lord Balaji. Everyday visitors/tourists and the poor are provided with free food.

Kanchani mahal[edit]

Kanchani Mahal is an old building. It is a myth that Queen Kanchani was very egotistical and had a desire to see the Lamp of Devi (Lonar) from Mehkar. She built up this Mahal but when she went to the terrace of Mahal god curse her, she fell down and become a slab of stone. The aforesaid monument is currently in ruins due to a lack of attention from the ASI. However, the story connected to KANCHANI MAHAL seems to be a myth. Looking at the ruins one could easily gauge that the bricks are of Mughalia shapes and the monument would have been constructed to house and camp a general (or Shahenshah) of Aurangazeb's stature during Great Shivaji's period in their campaign to crush the rising of the great Maratha warrior. The ASI will be the right authority to ascertain the truth if they take an interest. N G Deshpande, one of the best poets of Maharashtra, write an epic on Kanchan Mahal. Deshpande was a great poet of his time after that Kiran Shivhar Dongardive is one of the best writer poets from Mehkar he also writes some poems of Kanchan Mahal but he is not believed in the story which indicate the concept of Lonar and Kamalja Mata Mandir.

Painganga River[edit]

Mehkar is on the banks of the Painganga River, another name of Paingnga river is 'Pranhita', which provides multiple recreational activities. On the bank of this river there is Saoji Galli, In it, there is an old Vitthal mandir rather first Vitthal mandir in Mehkar, Idol of this Vitthal, got in hands of Kimbahune Anster in Vari, to Ananta Shastri, it was a very religious place. P. P. Pralhadh Maharaj Reads Bhagwat many time. A religious story is also attached to the Painganaga River that this river is formed by falling out of "PRANITA PATRAM" form lord Vishanus hand and has on location and story also mentioned in "PADMA PURAN". At the site of the Olandeshwar Tempel river Painganga changes its direction when the water level is low.

References[edit]

{Ekadash Nrusiha Aani Meghankar Mahatmya-by Ad.Rangnath Maharaj Pitale |Shwasanand Mauli -by Ad, Rangnath Maharaj Pitale |Datta Badshah- by Ad. Rangnath Maharaj Pitale |Southeast = Risod(Washim district) |South = Lonar |Southwest = Sindkhed RajaJalna Aurangabad |Northwest = ChikhliBuldana }}