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town, east-central Maharashtra state, western India. It lies on the banks of the Godavari River. Its name is derived from Nanda tat ("Nanda border"), a term that refers to the boundary of the Magadha kingdom during the 7th century BC. Primarily a commercial centre, it also has cotton spinning and weaving mills. The town is known as a centre of Sanskrit learning and is the location of the Sikh gurdwara ("temple and kitchen") built on the site of Guru Gobind Singh's assassination in 1708. Nanded was the birthplace of three Maratha saint-poets-Vishnupant Sesa, Raghunath Sesa, and Vaman Pandit. It has several colleges affiliated with Marathwada University

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