|• Town||21.78 km2 (8.41 sq mi)|
|Elevation||622 m (2,041 ft)|
|• Density||4,600/km2 (12,000/sq mi)|
|• Official||Telugu / Urdu language|Urdu|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-TG|
Zahirabad (Zaheerabad), formerly Badi Ekkhelli, is a town and Revenue division in Sangareddy district of the Indian state of Telangana. It is located in Zahirabad mandal of Sangareddy district.:12 It is the commercial centre of Medak district.
Badi Ekkhelli (Zahirabad) lies 100 kilometres (62 mi) northwest of Hyderabad on the Mumbai highway (National highway 9).
Zahirabad township was originally named Badi Ekkhelli. The current name of the city was coined by a Paigah noble called Mohammad Zaheeruddin Khan (Nawab Zaheer Yar Jung Bahadur). He was the eldest son of Nawab Moin-ud-Dowlah Bahadur (Dowlah Bahadur; a follower of the Zoroastrian divinity, Asman) and the Amir-i-Paigah (lord) of the Asman Jahi (his family estate). The Paigah family or clan were a Sufi Islamic aristocratic family of Hyderabad state.
Though the name has been changed, the local name Badi Ekkhelli retains its place among the locals.
Important points in the history of Zaheerabad include the drought of 1972 and the Hyderabad Police Action of 1949.
In 2001, the census population of Zaheerabad was 140,160. Sixteen percent of people 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 Telugu, Urdu, Kannada and Marathi.
The town is located on red earth.
Government and politics
Zaheerabad Municipality was constituted in 1952 and is classified as a third grade municipality with 24 election wards. The jurisdiction of the civic body is spread over an area of 21.78 km2 (8.41 sq mi). The urban agglomeration includes the municipality of Zahirabad, the census town of Alliput, out growths of Pastapur, Tamadpalle, Hyderabad, Hothi (K) and partly out growths of Buchnelli village.:13,44
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.
In March 2013, a tractor manufacturer opened near Zahirabad providing employment. Other industries include sugar refining, rubber manufacturing and chemical manufacturing.
In the vicinity of Badi Ekkeli, there is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva, called "Jharasangam ".This is an old Shiva Temple known as “KETHAKI SANGAMESHWARA SWAMY” situated at Jharasangam Village & Mandal, Medak District. The Shiva Lingam is said to have been established by “Lord Brahma”. It is said that Raja ”Kupendra” king of Surya Vamsha during “Krutha Yug” was ailing from skin disease has not found any remedies ti get cure of his disease. One day in his routine hunting it happened to reach the Kethaki Vanam and found a stream, where he washed his body. After reaching home he found that the skin disease was completely cured and in the same night Lord “Sangameshwara” appeared in a dream, asked the Raja to construct sanitorium over “Shiva Lingam”. The Raja Kupendra constructed the temple over “Shiva Lingam” and converted the stream into a “pushkarini” and it is also called as “Astha Theertha Amrutha Gundam”. It is also called as “Dakshina Kasi”.
Due to historical and religious importance, the people from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh(Telangana Areas) visit the temple and pay homage to Lord, and perform “Gunda Pooja”.
It is also said that Brahma after creating the world came to the spot for meditation. Since the existing “Bhanakara Lingam” has been got installed by Brahma, Pujas are being performed by “Kethaki” Flowers (Generally Kethaki flowers are not used for puja), and also the Pushkarini which is consisting of eight theerthas(Narayana, Dharna, rushi, Varuna, Soma, Rudra, Indira and Datha) the Lord is called as “Kethaki Sangameshwara.
Places of note
- Sri Bhavani Mata Mandir
- Vasavi Mata Temple
- Vasavi Kalyana Mandapam
- Hanuman Mandir
- Sri Ram Mandir
- Methodist Church Allipur
- Last days ministries church Pastapur
- Ayyappa Mandir, Pastapur
- Sai Baba Temple Dattagiri Colony
- Sri Balaji Temple, Mahindra Colony
- Sri Ketaki Sangameshwara Temple.
- jamia masjid
- Manik Praghu street gate and Hanuman temple.
- Green mosque on Gadi street (17th century).
- Red stone eidgar (open air mosque)
- Daghar (Sufi shrine) of Mohammad Gouhar.
- Dream Valley gated resort community.
- BIBI FATHIMA TEKRI
ZAHIRABAD - ZHB Tsrtc bus depot runs buses to various places in the state . KSRTC buses also runs from Zahirabad bus station to various parts of the states of Telangana,AP,Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Typical of an Indian town of its size, Badi Ekkeli has a number of banks, public and independent schools and colleges, shops, hotels, hospitals and other services.
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