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Haregaon (also Harigaon) is a village in Shrirampurmarker, Ahmednagar District, Maharashtramarker, Indiamarker. It is approximately 5 k.m. from Shrirampur city on altitude.

History

Haregaon has one of the sugar factories in Maharashtra Belapur sugar & allied industries limited. Set up by the British in early 1919s.The name of the village is believed to be after Mr. Harison one of the founder of the factory. The factory had to shut down in 1988 due to scarcity of sugarcane. The village that was inhabited by factory workers became desolate.

Religious importance

St. Teresa Church, Haregaon
Catholic pilgrims in the area visit the village for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary ( ), celebrated on the second Saturday of September. The Jesuit priest in the village started the celebration in 1949 to help local devotees who could not afford to go to the celebration in Bandramarker, Mumbaimarker. Now Haregaon is often described as the Pandharpurmarker of the Marathi-speaking Catholics in the state, as nearly 400,000 devotees from Ahmednagarmarker, Punemarker, Nasikmarker, Aurangabadmarker district and Mumbaimarker attend the feast every year.

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