Shegaon

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Shegaon
city
Anand Sagar, Shegaon
Anand Sagar, Shegaon
Shegaon is located in Maharashtra
Shegaon
Shegaon
Coordinates: 20°47′40″N 76°41′40″E / 20.79444°N 76.69444°E / 20.79444; 76.69444Coordinates: 20°47′40″N 76°41′40″E / 20.79444°N 76.69444°E / 20.79444; 76.69444
CountryIndia
StateMaharashtra
DistrictBuldhana
Elevation
275 m (902 ft)
Population
(2011)
 • Total59,672
Languages
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
444203
Telephone code00-91-7265
Vehicle registrationMH 28

ShegaonAbout this soundpronunciation  is a town and municipal council in the Buldana district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Shegaon has become a pilgrimage centre due to the influence of Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj, who is considered a saint by Hindus.

Demographics[edit]

Religions in Shegaon
Religion Percent
Hindus
66%
Muslims
20%
Buddhists
8.6%
Christians
1.4%
Jains
3.7%
Others†
0.3%
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.2%), Buddhists (<0.2%).

As of 2001 India census,[1] Shegaon had a population of 52,418. Men constitute 52% of the population and women, 48%. Shegaon has an average literacy rate of 73%, which is higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 66%. In Shegaon, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Transportation[edit]

Shegaon is located 300 km (190 mi) west of Nagpur and 550 km (340 mi) east of Mumbai. It is connected by HajiraDhuleHowrah National Highway 6 to Khamgaon, Balapur, Malkapur and Akola.

Shegaon Railway station is located on the Nagpur–Mumbai line of the Central Railway of Indian Railways. It has direct train connectivity to Mumbai CST, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Secunderabad, Pune, Tatanagar, Ahmedabad, Okha, Kolhapur, Amravati, Wardha, Nagpur, Gondia, Bilaspur, Howrah-Kolkata, Shalimar-Kolkata, Chandrapur, and Chennai Central. Several Mumbai trains stop at Shegaon, including the Gitanjali Express, Vidarbha Express, Amravati Superfast Express, Mumbai–Howrah Mail and Express, Sewagram Express, Nagpur–Pune Express, Navjivan Express, Gondwana Express, Maharashtra Express, Okha–Puri Express and Ltt–Shalimar Express.[2]

Education[edit]

Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering, main building

Most of the colleges in Shegaon are affiliated with Amravati University. These include the Industrial Training Institute and the Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering (SSGMCE).[3] There are also institutions run by the Sansthan, including: Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj English Medium School, Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Warkari Shikshan Sanstha, Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Adiwasi Ashram School, Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Mentally Retarded School, Mauli College of Engineering, Siddhivinayak Technical Campus and Saraswati College of Computer Application.

Industry[edit]

Shegaon has traditionally had a large cotton market, with the product from ginning and pressing mills of Shegaon transported to textile mills in Mumbai via goods trains. British textile companies like Rallis India had their procurement office in Shegoan during pre-independence days.[citation needed] Many ginning and pressing mills like M. M. Ginning & Pressing Factory, Bhattad Group of Ginning & Mills, Gajanan Ginning Factory, Bhartia Group of Ginning and Mills operate in this area.

Shegaon also has engineering industries that manufacture material-handling equipment like chain pulley blocks, industrial cranes, and link chain. Shegaon has a mineral water bottling plant, oil mills, paint manufacturing and other industries.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Shegaon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30
(86)
32.8
(91.0)
37
(99)
40.4
(104.7)
42
(108)
37.3
(99.1)
31.5
(88.7)
30.3
(86.5)
31.3
(88.3)
33.2
(91.8)
31.2
(88.2)
29.8
(85.6)
33.9
(93.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.1
(71.8)
24.4
(75.9)
28.7
(83.7)
32.8
(91.0)
35
(95)
31.7
(89.1)
27.7
(81.9)
26.8
(80.2)
27.2
(81.0)
26.9
(80.4)
23.5
(74.3)
21.6
(70.9)
27.4
(81.3)
Average low °C (°F) 14.3
(57.7)
16.1
(61.0)
20.4
(68.7)
25.2
(77.4)
28.1
(82.6)
26.1
(79.0)
24
(75)
23.4
(74.1)
23.2
(73.8)
20.6
(69.1)
15.9
(60.6)
13.9
(57.0)
20.9
(69.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 4
(0.2)
3
(0.1)
8
(0.3)
5
(0.2)
11
(0.4)
105
(4.1)
171
(6.7)
148
(5.8)
143
(5.6)
41
(1.6)
7
(0.3)
8
(0.3)
654
(25.7)
Source: [4]

More than 86% of average annual rainfall comes in the monsoon season from June to September.

Landmarks[edit]

Gajanan maharaj

Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple[edit]

Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple is named for Gajanan Maharaj who once lived there. Hindus consider Gajanan Maharaj a saint with miraculous powers, and the temple is built at his place of samādhi (meditation). It is the largest temple trust in the Vidarbha region and is known as the "Pandharpur of Vidarbha".[This quote needs a citation] It attracts pilgrims from across Maharashtra.[5]

A trust coordinates the day-to-day affairs of the temple. It is headed by the managing trustees, who traditionally come from the Patil family. The trust coordinates services in the spiritual, religious, medical and educational fields.

A scene from Anand Sagar, Shegaon

Anand Sagar[edit]

Shegaon has a tourist attraction called "Anand Sagar". The project's budget is ₹300 crore (3 billion rupees).[6][7] Anand Sagar area is developed by Shri Gajanan Maharaj Mandir Trust on about 140 hectares (350 acres) of land. it is a spiritual and entertainment centre for pilgrims, build around a Dhyan Mandir. There is a 9–11-metre-high (30–35 ft) statue of Swami Vivekananda above a meditation cell at the centre of the water reservoir. It is a replica of Vivekananda Kendra at Kanyakumari. There is an Amphitheatre which seats 3,500 people, used to organize cultural activities, functions and exhibitions.[8] The water reservoir being developed is anticipated to meet existing and proposed needs of the Sansthan.

Shegaon Tehsil[edit]

Shegaon tehsil is part of the Khamgaon sub-division of the Buldhana district. It consists of 436 square kilometres (168 sq mi), 95 villages, and a population of around 125,000 people.[9]

Some of the villages are; Jalamb, Pahurjira, Bhota, Sagoda, Bhongaon, Dadgaon, Matargaon, Mongaon Digras, Taroda Tarodi, Paharpurna, Manasgaon, Adsul, Zadegaon, Shrikshetra Nagzari, Chincholi Karfarma, Gaigaon, Jawala Palaskhed, Wankhed, Jawala, Janori, Alasana, Kherda, Gawlkhed, Takali, Lasura, Warkhed, Amboda, Lanjud, Pimpri Deshmukh, Tintrav, Gavhan and Taroda Kasaba.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ http://indiarailinfo.com/arrivals/204
  3. ^ http://ssgmce.org/
  4. ^ Climate Data
  5. ^ "Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Prakat din sohla 2014 video". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  6. ^ http://www.gajananmaharaj.org/anandsagarenglish
  7. ^ https://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/treasures/temple/sant-gajanan-maharaj-shegoan
  8. ^ [www.gajananmaharaj.org/sgmsenglish/faqs.htm Anand Sagar]
  9. ^ Buldhana District Disaster Plan Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Relief & Rehabilitation Division, Revenue and Forest Department, Government of Maharashtra
  10. ^ Buldhana district website Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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