Ridhpur or Ritpur.-Taluk Morsi, 508 houses, 2,412 inhabitants, a village about 6 miles east of Chandur Bazar on the Ellichpur-Chandur-Morsi road, is famous chiefly as the headquarters of the Manbhao sect (see Chapter III. page 121.) It belonged to Salabat Khan having been given to him as tankhajagir, and was a place of much importance. Eighty years ago, it was surrounded by a stone wall which has now almost disappeared, and contained two thousand houses and some twelve thousand inhabitants. In the time of Namdar Khan however the notorious Raja Bisn Chand was talukdar there. He is remembered alike for his oppression and miserliness, and has left a name at which the Kunbi still grows pale. To pronounce it of a morning is to incur the risk of having to do without food all day. The people fled from his neighbourhood and Ridhpur has since borne that
deserted [Rit in Marathi, means deserted; pur=village.] appearance which characterises it to-day. In addition to the Manbhao buildings here of which the Raj Math and Krishna Mandir are the most important, the Hindus have a temple of Ramchandra and the Muhammadans two
dargahs and a masjid. The latter is in the midst of the Manbhao buildings, and till lately the only approach to it lay through them. Local tradition declares that it was built by Aurangzeb, who knocked down the original RajMath for the purpose: and the story, whether true or not, is typical of the bigoted Emperor. In addition to the weekly bazar on Tuesday, two fairs are held here yearly at Chaitra Paurnima and Ashad Paurnima, which though primarily Manbhao festivals are attended by about 5,000 people of all castes. A well, known as Lala's well, supplies excellent drinking water to about half the village. The neighbouring soil is rocky and poor.
Rinmochan.-Amraoti taluk, houses 7, population 57, a jagir village granted along with Dhanora in the Daryapur taluk in A. D,. 1840 for the service of Muezzin at Kholapur and personal maintenance in heredity. The present holder is Shaikh Gulam Murtaza son of Shaikh Gulam Mustafa; the acreage of Rinmochan is 295 acres 6 guntkas, and the estimated amount of land revenue remitted to the jagirdar Rs. 583 per annum. The place is considered holy by Hindus, being one of the sacred places on the river Purna, and boasts of an annual fair held on the four Sundays in the month of Pausha with an attendance of one to ten thousand. The word Rinmochan literally means 'release from debts,' and it is believed that those who attend the fair and bathe in the river attain this blissful state.