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Balaji Maharaj Rath - Pride of Sindkheda
Balaji Maharaj Rath - Pride of Sindkheda
Sindkheda is located in Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 21°16′N 74°44′E / 21.267°N 74.733°E / 21.267; 74.733Coordinates: 21°16′N 74°44′E / 21.267°N 74.733°E / 21.267; 74.733
TahsilShindkheda  India
DistrictShindkheda-Dhule District
 • BodySindkheda City Council
 • Total24,566
 • OfficialMarathi, Ahirani
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code02566
Vehicle registrationMH-18

Sindkheda is a taluka in the Dhule district of Khandesh region of Maharashtra state in India. The city is situated on the west side of the Burai River.[1] [2]

The name Sindkheda derives from the many 'Shindi' trees ('Shindi' trees look like Coconut or Palm trees), so the kheda (place) full of Shindi trees is named after it – Shinkheda or Sindkhed.

Rajani Anil Wankhede is President of Sindkheda City Council.


Settlement of Shindkheda may have been in the 12th century, before that this area belonged to Dandaka Aranya. Sindkheda is settled on the bank of Burai River. There is a story on the name of Burai River. One day a Santa (Pujari) bathed on the little stream, suddenly a flow of water increased and Pujari's clothes were swept away. Pujari was shocked and surprised to see some new cloths flowing towards him. He thanked the river and said from today you are named Ma Burai, who will wash everyone's bure karm. At the same time he preached anyone "who tries to dirty you will dry yourself or who dirties your water will have a worsened life".

After the 12th century, Muslim sardars and Khans ruled this area, causing it to be named Khandesh. It is also held that this is khana (Krishna) ka desh so it is khan desh. Both Hindus and Muslims live here peacefully in sindkheda. Khan divided the land into 13.5 provinces, in local languages they are known as Rawals.

Earlier, this town was part of Holkar's state (Indore). Mr. Pratap Singh Rawal was the head of the town and area (Rawal Gadhi at Shindkheda still exists in the southern part of town near Burai River).

Pratapsingh Rawal and later Lakhesing Rawal ruled the Jahagiri up to British rule. In the time of Pratapsingh Rawal Lord Datta Mandir of Sindkheda was constructed on the bank of river Maa Burai. At the same time, Lord Balaji Mandir might have been constructed. Balaji sansthan started Ratha Palkhi Utsava where every year at Ashvin Paurnima i.e. on Kojagiri Paurnima, people of the town and surrounding area gather and pull the Ratha around the main street of Sindkheda. It is one of the largest and most famous Rath Plakhi Utsav in the area.

During the Indian freedom movement of 1947, Shindkheda contributed freedom fighters like Ramchandra Nathu Buwa-Dukale alias Rama Buwa, Narayan Buwa alias Nana Buwa (Balaji Sansthan,Shinkheda), Vyankatrao Patil.

Pratapsing Rawal was beloved in Hinduism and mythology, so he called to Kavyatirth Hon. Late. Sitaram Gangadhar Pandit, nicknamed Shewadkar bapu bapu, received a bachelor's degree in Sanskrit from Kashi (Banaras) Hindu Vidyapeeth. He was very popular in Sindkheda Taluka. Bapuji read Bhagwat katha sixty times in Datta Mandir. He was a master in Vedic Astrology, Mythology and Karmakand. He lived at Datta Mandir.

The whole wooden Rath was built on teak woods and it has five wheels. The fifth wheel is in the middle of other five it is used on very difficult turning on streets. Ratha passes through lanes where Muslim people also pull the Ratha from their area. Near the mosque, the Hindus stop beating there drums and musical instruments. It might be more than 150 years that Ratha Palkhi ustav has been celebrated here. The next day, Shree Balaji sits on Palkhi in the evening and blesses the people of the town.

Balaji Madir sansthan pramukh shree Nana Maharaja and his father Nathu Maharaja started the annual Pandharpur Wari, which continues today. Ram Navami is a major festival celebrated in the mandir. During the time of Nana Maharaj, Ratha Galli organised a large bhandara. All year long, Ratha galli gave spiritual fillings to the local residence people, but this ended because of lack of donations by the devotees to the Sansthan.

Near the Sindkheda, the village of Patan is famous for the Ashapuri Mataji Temple. There is a story that Ashapuri Mataji is coming on every nauratri for Gharbha dance to the Ghadi of Rawals at Sindkheda. Rawal built a beautiful temple at Patan.

The first Gymkhana (Vyayamshala) in Shindkheda was opened by freedom fighter Ramchandra Nathu Buwa-Dukale, alias Rama Buwa, and he named it after his guru Damodar, Damodar Guru Vyayamshala Shindkheda.

The first boys' school was opened in Shindkheda by Freedom Fighter Ramchandra Nathu Buwa-Dukale. Dr. Phade. School was named 'New English School', then it was renamed M.H.S.S. (Mulla Haidar Shaikh Shamshuddin) High School. The first girls' school was also opened in Shindkheda by 'New English School' named after 'Meerabai Fulchandas Shah'. The first Urdu High School also was opened in Shindkheda by 'New English School'.

Mangalsingh Nimji Rajput (aka Thansingh Jibhau) was a famous MLA from this taluka. He was a farmer. Accomplishments to improve the community include Shindkheda Railway Station and its platform, the town's water supply system works, the bridge on the bank of River Burai, and the diversion of water from Tapi River to the town.

Ratha Palkhi is one of the major utsav celebrated on the day of Sharad Paurnima which is also known as Kojagiri Paurnima.

Shindkheda City updated from Grampanchayat to form Nagar Panchayat.


  • Twinkle Star Play School, Main Road Sindkheda

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  • Dnyanjyoti Pre Primary School,Mali Wada


  • M.H.S.S. High School
  • S.M.F.S. Girls High School,
  • Janata High School,
  • Anglo Urdu High School,
  • Aadarsh Vidyamandir,
  • Kisan High School, Station Road
  • Shri Swami Samarth High School, Chilane Road
  • V.K. Patil International School, Station Road
  • Zilla Parishad Prathmik Vidhyalaya No.1,2,3,4,5,6


  • M.H.S.S Junior College,
  • S.S.V.P's Arts, Science & Commerce College, Station Road


  • Shri Kedareshwar Mandir, Shivshakti Colony
  • Bohri Masjid, Main Road
  • Ganapati Mandir, Gurav Galli
  • Vitthal Mandir, Desai Galli
  • Sant Savata Maharaj Mandir, Mali Wada
  • Pachhim Mukhi Hanuman Mandir, Mali Wada
  • Balaji Mandir, Rath Galli
  • Datta Mandir, Rath Galli
  • Datta Mandir, Janata Nagar
  • Ekveera Mata Mandir, Gandhi Chowk
  • Laxmi Narayana Mandir, Virdel Road
  • Shani/Kalika Mandir,Rajput Galli & Maliwada
  • Two Hanuman Mandir
  • Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman Mandir, Main Road
  • Gajanan Maharaj Mandir, B K Desale Nagar
  • Mahadev Mandir, Main Road
  • Shri Swami Samartha Kendra, Varul Road
  • Ashapuri Temple: A historical temple of Mata Aashapuri Devi. It is situated 2 km from main Sindkheda city in Patan, Maharashtra.
  • Jahagirdar Jama Masjid
  • 60-Ghar Masjid
  • Pir-Baba


  • Shri Saai Hospital, Station Road
  • Sankalp Hospital, opposite Ashok Theater
  • Rural Hospital, Sindkheda
  • Nidan Lab, near Ashok Theater (pathology lab)


  • Mahalakshmi Provision, Station Road
  • Jaylakshmi Provision, Station Road
  • Prem Provision, Station Road
  • Sunanda Super Shop, Varul Road
  • Ashok Kirana Bhandar, Main Road
  • Sushil General Stores, Gandhi Chowk
  • Mahaveer Shop, Main Road
  • Shriram Trading Co.
  • Bijasani ladies shop,Near Bus Stand

Bank Offices[edit]

  • State Bank of India, Shirpur Road.
  • Central Bank of India, Station Road.
  • ICICI Bank, Gandhi Chauk.
  • Dhule DIstrict Co-Operative Bank, Gandhi Chauk.
  • Hasti Co-Operative Bank, Station Road.
  • Nagpur Nagarik Sahakari Bank, Station Road.
  • Shahada Peoples Co-Operative Bank, Station Road

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tehsil offices of Dhule",date
  2. ^ Maharashtra Times, "In Shindkheda", " Maharashtra Times ", date