Located 120 km east of Pune and 114km of Aurangabad, Ahmednagar has produced some real stalwarts of Indian culture.
Shirdi Sai Baba
Although the birthplace of this revered saint is unknown, he arrived at the village of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district when he was around 16 years old. This adopted home became his sanctuary until his death in 1918. It was in Shirdi that Shirdi Sai Baba led his disciples and performed many of his famous miracles. It has been close to a century since this holy saint attained sanyasam but he is still worshipped worldwide.
Honoured as one among the top 100 global thinkers of 2011, Anna Hazare, calls Ahmednagar his home. His causes include promoting rural development, increasing government transparency and investigating and punishing corruption in public life. Although he has led the movements on several of these causes, Anna Hazare is most remembered for his hunger strike in April 2011 at the age of 74, to pressurise the Indian government to enact a stringent anti-corruption law.
This name needs no introduction to cricket lovers across the world. Zaheer Khan was the recipient of the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award for his performance in the 2011 ODI World Cup. Apart from being a member of the Indian national cricket team, he also played for Worcestershire in county cricket and has played for the Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Daredevils. Zaheer Khan officially resigned from international cricket in October 2015.
Small town, yet great achievements. These famous personalities of Ahmednagar have proven that you don’t need to be from a big city to make a big impact!