This article has been extracted from
THE IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF INDIA , 1908.
OXFORD, AT THE CLARENDON PRESS.
Note: National, provincial and district boundaries have changed considerably since 1908. Typically, old states, ‘divisions’ and districts have been broken into smaller units, units, and many tahsils upgraded to districts.Many units have since been renamed. Therefore, this article is being posted mainly for its historical value.
Town and place of Hindu pilgrimage in the Khed taluka of Poona District, Bombay, situated in 18° 40' N. and 73 degree - 54' E,on the Poona-Nasik road. Population (1901), 2,019. The municipality was established in 1869, and its income during the decade ending 1901 averaged Rs. 6,100. In 1903-4 the income was Rs 8,400, chiefly derived from a poll tax levied on the pilgrims, numbering many thousands, who resort to Jnaneshvar's shrine. Jnaneshvar was a celebrated Sadhu, born in 1271, who is said to have died at Alandi in 1300. He wrote a Marathi treatise in verse on theology and metaphysics, based upon the Bhagavad Gita, performed several miracales and is buried in an imposing tomb at Alandi.
The wall on which he rode to encounter Changdev is still shown to pilgrims. The town contains a dispensary, a smallpublic library, and a school with 104 boys and 5 girls.