Khandoba Temple of Jejuri
|Pune District||Tehsil Purandar, Pune|
|Elevation||718 m (2,356 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Jejuri is a city and a municipal council in Pune district in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra. It is famous for the main temple of Lord Khandoba. It is a famous temple town being the family deity of many houses in Maharashtra. Its economy is centered around businesses catering to the numerous devotees coming to worship the Khandoba Temple there. Recently the increase in property rates and the planning of an international airport near the town has seen a spurt of development happening there.
Naik Hari Makaji and Naik Tatya Makaji were two Koli brothers and revolutionaries from Maharashtra. They revolted against British Hukumat. Naik Hari Makaji and Naik Tatya Makaji with Naik Rama Krishna of kalambi made a army of Ramoshis of Satara and revolted. In 1879 they raided in Poona fifteen times with ramoshi army. After that Hari Makaji and Tatya Makaji raided satara many time. In February 1879, Naik Hari Makaji attacked in Baramati portion of Bhimthadi. On the 8Th raid in Baramati, Naik Hari Makaji was attacked by British police but he was escaped by fighting hand to hand with two British policemen and wounded them but two Ramoshis were captured. After that, at the beginning of March, Naik Hari Makaji again raised and revolted in Indapur and raided. But in middle of march Hari was captured in Solapur. After capture of Naik Hari Makaji, His brother Naik Tatya Makaji led his revolution, Tatya Makaji continued till the end of the year. Naik Tatya Makaji raided the villages on the Purandar and Sinhagad ranges. On 17 October, Koli Naik Tatya Makaji and some of his followers killed a Ramoshi who was informer for British Major Wise. After that Tatya Makaji Naik brought to justice.
Jejuri is located at It has an average elevation of 718 metres (2355 feet)..
Jejuri is situated 48 km from Pune on Pune-Saswad-Pandharpur Road in Maharashtra State. Jejuri can be reached by Road or Rail from Pune. Number of State Transport buses ply from Pune. Jejuri railway station is a railway station that can be reached from Pune Railway Station by Express trains. Maharashtra Express Train no.11040 departure 0450 hrs from Pune PN arrival Jejuri JJR 0549 hrs Koyna Express Train no.11029 departure 0045 hrs from Pune PN arrival Jejuri JJR 0148 hrs Sahyadri Express Train no.11023 departure 2205 hrs from Pune PN arrival Jejuri JJR 2308 hrs. These trains run every day.
As of 2011[update] India census, Jejuri had a population of 14,515. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Jejuri has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 67%. In Jejuri, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Jejuri Temple is located in the Jejuri town, which lies to the southeast of the Pune city of Maharashtra. The town is known for being the venue of one of the revered temples in the state, known as the Khandobachi Jejuri. The temple is dedicated to Khandoba, also known as Mhalsakant or Malhari Martand or Mylaralinga. Khandoba is regarded as the 'God of Jejuri' and is held in great reverence by the Dhangars, one of the oldest tribes in India.
Jejuri has Lime (mineral) deposits. The historic Shaniwar Wada fort at the central seat of Maratha Empire at Pune was completed in 1732 by the famed Peshwa Bajirao I, at a total cost of Rs. 16,110, from the Lime (mineral) mined from the lime-belts of Jejuri.
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