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Anand Sagar, Shegaon
|Elevation||275 m (902 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle registration||MH 28|
Shegaon pronunciation (help·info) is a town and municipal council in the Buldana district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Shegaon has gained renown as a pilgrimage center because Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj lived there. Hindus consider Gajanan Maharaj a saint.
As of 2001[update] India census, 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.
Shegaon is located around 300 km West of the city of Nagpur, and 550 km East of the city of Mumbai. By road it is well connected to neighboring cities like Khamgaon, Balapur, Malkapur and Akola. These cities are located on Hajira (Surat)- Dhule - Howrah (Kolkatta) National Highway 6.
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, Chennai Central. From Mumbai several trains stop at Shegaon. The most well known being 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 Exp.
Most of the colleges in Shegaon are affiliated with Amravati University. Some of the educational institutions include: the Industrial Training Institute, the Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering (SSGMCE). There are also some 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.
Shegaon has traditionally been a big market for cotton. Cotton from ginning and pressing mills of Shegaon used to be transported directly to textile mills in Mumbai via goods trains. British textile companies like Rallis India had their procurement office in Shegoan during pre-independence days. 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 are functional 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 data for Shegaon|
|Average high °C (°F)||30
|Daily mean °C (°F)||22.1
|Average low °C (°F)||14.3
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||4
Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple
Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj lived there. Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple is located here. Hindus consider Gajanan Maharaj a saint, with miraculous powers. His origins are unknown. Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple is built at his place of Samadhi. Sant Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan is the largest temple trust in the Vidarbha region and is known as the "Pandharpur of Vidarbha". It attracts pilgrims from all over Maharashtra.
The Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan (Institution) Temple Trust coordinates the day-to-day affairs of the temple; it is headed by the Managing Trustees, who normally come from the Patil family. The Trust coordinates services in the spiritual, religious, medical and educational fields.
Shegaon has a tourist attraction called "Anand Sagar". The project's budget is 3 billion INR. Anand Sagar area is developed by Shri Gajanan Maharaj Mandir Trust on about 350 acres of land. it is a spiritual, as well as entertainment center for devotees coming to Shegaon. It has all the facilities for children to play, and there is a good facility of dining at very economical rates. There is a "Light & Music" show daily in the evening in an open theater. There is a Dhyan Mandir at the centre of the lake in Anand Sagar. There is a 30-35 feet high statue of Swami Vivekananda above a meditation cell at the center of the water reservoir. It is a replica of famous Vivekananda Kendra at Kanyakumari. There is an Amphitheatre which seats 3,500 people, used to organize cultural activities, functions and exhibitions. Also there is an "Aquarium". There is also a mini train journey, and free bus service is available from Mandir to Anand Sagar, starting from Bhakta Niwas Complex.
The water reservoir being developed on 55 acres of the land, will take care of water supply needed for all the existing and proposed activities of the Sansthan. The project's design incorporates a natural drainage system with a plan for converting drainage into a stream. The stream will have a plantation developed along its sides. The development on the project site is planned to "green" and enrich the surrounding environment.
Some of the villages are; Jalamb, Pahurjira, Bhota, Sagoda, Bhogaon, 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.
- "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.
- Climate Data
- "Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Prakat din sohla 2014 video". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- [www.gajananmaharaj.org/sgmsenglish/faqs.htm Anand Sagar]
- Buldhana District Disaster Plan Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine., Relief & Rehabilitation Division, Revenue and Forest Department, Government of Maharashtra
- Buldhana district website Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
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