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|Lok Sabha constituency||Raver|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Muktainagar|
Muktainagar (formerly known as Edlabad) is a small town situated (~21°03’08”N 76°03’18”E) on National Highway 6 (or Asian Highway 46) at the northern border of Maharashtra State in India. Muktainagar is famous for its association with Muktai, the younger sister of Saint Dnyaneshwar, who attained Samādhi on the banks of the Tapti River at a place called Mehun (15 km from Muktainagar).
Muktainagar is the tehsil of Muktainagar Taluka, and contains a police station and a government hospital.
Muktainagar is located on the banks of the Purna river, next to Malkapur and Bhusawal thesis, and the Madhya Pradesh state border. Jalgaon is located 60 km from Muktainagar. Nadgaon is also nearby and is the village where the former president of India, Pratibha Patil, was born. Muktainagar is the hometown of Eknath Khadse, who represents Muktainagar in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (MLA).
Schools and colleges
- J.E. School and Junior College of Science.
- G. G. Khadse College of Arts, Science and Commerce
- Late G. S. Varade Industrial Training Center
- Eknathrao Khadase Talent School
- Sau T. L. Kolambe Primary School (Marathi medium school with English)
- Adarsh English Medium School, Muktainagar
- HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate) Vocational Junior College, Muktainagar
- Purnamai Vidyalay High School in New Ghodasgaon
- Sant Muktabai Arts and Commerce College, Muktainagar
Agriculture and religious tourism are the source of most jobs in Muktainagar. The predominant crops in the tehsil are Cotton, Onion, Banana, Jowar and Groundnuts are grown on the banks of the Tapi and Purna rivers.
Maharashtriyan people celebrate the festivals of Gudi Padwa, Diwali, and Poda. On Ekdashi, Muktainagar Varkari pilgrims go to the Muktabai temple at Muktainagar. People also go on pilgrimage to Pandharpur, to meet the god Pandurang. In the month of February on Ekadashi, two days before Maha Shivaratri, a fair takes place at Muktabai temple. People come to meet the goddess, Muktabai, and to take blessings from the goddess. A number of palaquins come to Muktainagar every year.
In Changdev, a village near Muktainagar, there is a temple to Yogi Changdev Maharaj. On Maha Shivaratri, there is a fair on the banks of the Purna river. The temple was built in the Hemadpanthi style of architecture.
Muktainagar is known for being the place where the ex-president of India, Pratibha Patil, started her political career in the early 1960s, and was associated with it for quite a long time.
The Revenue Minister of Maharashtra is Eknath Khadse. He has been the MLA representative from Muktainagar since 1989. He was an opposition leader from 2009 to 2014. Khadse is known as 'NathaBhau' in Maharashtra.
- Saint Muktabai Temple, Kothali
- Saint Muktabai Temple (Old temple)
- Saint Muktabai Temple at NH6
- Shri Tuljabhavani temple
- Shri Saint Shravan Bal Samadhi temple, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) away from Muktainagar in the village Hartala.
- Yogi Changdev Maharaj Temple in the Village of Changdev, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Muktainagar
- Ajanta caves 58 kilometres (36 mi) from Muktainagar.
- Manudevi temple near Faizpur.
- Maruti temple at Shirsala village, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Muktainagar.
- Marimay temple at Dolarkheda Village (where there is a religious fair every year in March).
- Shri Shani Mandir, built by Dilip Baviskar as a private mandir, opposite the Civil Court, Muktainagar.