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This article is about the city in Telangana. For the village in Iran, see Zahirabad, Iran.
Nickname(s): ZHB
ZAHEERABAD is located in Telangana
Location in Telangana, India
Coordinates: 17°41′N 77°37′E / 17.68°N 77.62°E / 17.68; 77.62Coordinates: 17°41′N 77°37′E / 17.68°N 77.62°E / 17.68; 77.62
Country  India
State Telangana
District Medak
Elevation 622 m (2,041 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 50,532
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration TS 15

Zahirabad(ZHB) or Badi Ekkhelli is a Municipal town in Medak district of Telangana, India.


ZAHEERABAD is biggest town and a municipality in Medak district in the Indian state of Telangana located at a distance of 108Km from Capital city Hyderabad. Name and Town by Paigah noble called Mohammad Zaheeruddin khan (Nawab Zaheer Yar Jung Bahadur) who was Amir-i-Paigah of Asman Jahi a member of the Sufi Islamic aristocratic family, the Paigah clan, of Hyderabad state. Nawab Zaheer Yar Jung Bahadur was the eldest son of Nawab Moin-ud-Dowlah Bahadur of Paigah Asman Jahi, .By him Named as Zaheerabad

Anigunta (Villages)[edit]

Anigunta is a village in Zahirabad zilla bordering Karnataka State, Anigunta has beautiful landscape, mountains, ponds and waterfalls (Ettipoda).

Jharasangam (Dakshin Kasi)[edit]

Near the town, in Jharasangam village and mandal, there is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva, called Kethaki Sangameshwara Swamy or Astha Theertha Amrutha Gundam or Dakshina Kasi. Tradition says the temple was founded by the Lord Brahma: Raja Kupendra, the king of Surya Vamsha during Krutha Yug was suffering from an incurable skin disease. While on a routine hunting expedition, he came to the Kethaki Vanam and found a stream, where he washed his body. On returning home, he found that his skin disease was completely cured. That same night, the Lord Sangameshwara appeared in a dream and asked the Raja to construct a sanatorium over Shiva Lingam. The Raja Kupendra constructed the temple over Shiva Lingam and converted the stream into a pushkarini.

Due to its historical and religious importance, the people from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh (the Telangana areas) visit the temple and pay homage to Lord Shiva, and perform gunda pooja (a special ritual of observance).

It is also said that after creating the world, the Lord Brahma visited the site for meditation. As the Lord Brahma founded the Bhanakara Lingam the poojas (devotional ceremonies) are performed with kethaki flowers, which are not usually used in the pooja ceremony. There are eight theerthas: Narayana, Dharna, Rushi, Varuna, Soma, Rudra, Indira and Datha.[2]


Important points in the history of the town include climate related crises such as the drought of 1972 and the Hyderabad Police Action of 1949.[3]



In 2001, the census population of ZAHEERABAD was 140,160. Sixteen percent were under six years of age. The rate of literacy was 59.5 percent, higher than the national average. Women were less literate than men (55 percent to 69 percent). The common languages spoken are Urdu, Telugu, Kannada and Marathi.


The town is located on deccan plateau, dominated by laterite soils and black soils. dharwars are the major rock types.


ZAHEERABAD is an agricultural area. Farming has struggled due to dry lands becoming fallow and the loss of a variety of crop types such as cereals, pulses and oilseeds. The Deccan Development Society (DDS) has assisted local women to become empowered in the economy and in society. In small groups called sangams, they have succeeded in developing food security and making charity endeavours.[4][5] In March 2013, a tractor manufacturer opened near ZAHEERABAD providing employment. Other industries include sugar refining, rubber manufacturing and chemical manufacturing.


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Buses are well connected to major cities and towns like Hyderabad, Secundrabad, Siddipet, Bidar, Gulbarga, Shirdi, Mumbai, Pune, Vijayawada, Bengaluru,Solapur etc.,


Trains runs from Zaheerabad to Hyderabad, Bidar, Bangalore, Nanded, Shirdi, Solapur, Pune and Renigunta.


Typical of an Indian town of its size, Zahirabad has a number of banks, public and private schools and colleges, hotels, hospitals, shopping malls and other services.


Many major industries are established in and around Zahirabad like Mahindra & Mahindra, MRF, Piramal HealthCare, Mungi, Rajasri Sugar factory by which many people are getting employment directly and indirectly


  1. ^ "Census 2011". The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "History" website.
  3. ^ Chevalier J. M. and Buckles D. J. "Participatory action research - theory and methods for engaged enquiry." Routledge, 2013. ISBN 0415540313, 9780415540315. p207. Accessed at Google Books 8 December 2013.
  4. ^ Energy and Resources Institute. "Environment Chronicles: the best of TerraGreen." TERI Press, 2011. ISBN 817993358X, 9788179933589 p162. Accessed at Google Books 8 December 2013.
  5. ^ Apte T. "An Activist Approach to Biodiversity Planning: A Handbook of Participatory Tools Used to Prepare India's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan." International Institute for Environment and Development 2005. ISBN 1843695480, 9781843695486. p77. Accessed at Google Books 8 December 2013.

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