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JAMKHED

Situated in 1845' north latitude and 7515' east longitude. Jamkhed is the head-quarters of a taluka bearing the same name. It covers an area of 25.3 square miles and has a population of 12,374 souls as per the Census of 1971. Situated about forty-five miles to the south-east of Ahmadnagar, the district head-quarters, this large village has three primary schools and two high schools known as the L. N. Hoshing Vidyalaya and the Nagesh Vidyalaya, that cater to the educational needs of the people. The taluka dispensary with six beds and private medical practitioners provide preventive and curative medicinal facilities. A family planning centre is also located in the village. Wells form the main source of water-supply and the village is frequently subjected to scarcity of water-supply. It has a post and a telegraph office. There is a police station at Jamkhed the jurisdiction of which extends over 55 villages. The offices of the Block Development Officer as also the Mamlatdar are located at Jamkhed, it being the taluka head-quarters. It is also a head-quarters of Civil Judge (Junior Division) and First Class Judicial Magistrate. The branch of the Ahmadnagar District Central Co-operative Bank has also been established at Jamkhed. A weekly market which is also a cattle market is held at Jamkhed on every Sunday. The agricultural produce market committee was established at Jamkhed in the year 1961, its area of operation extending over 55 villages, the commodities regulated being jowar, bajri, wheat, gram, mug, udid, kulthi, ground-nut, safflower, linseed besides cattle, sheep and goats. The Government rest-house is also located at Jamkhed.

The objects of interest in the village are two Hemadpanti temples, one dedicated to Mallikarjuna and the other to the Jatashankar Mahadeva. Of the Mallikarjuna temple, the shrine only is left and the hall pillars are scattered about. The Jatashankar temple was long buried underground and is well preserved.

A small fair and an urus are held in the village annually. The yearly fair is held in honour of Khandoba Dev on Chaitra Shuddha 15 (March-April) which is attended by about 800 local residents. The urus is held in honour of Imamsahavali in April-May every year and is attended by about 700 people.

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