Akole

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This article is about the Akole city in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India. For the tehsil in Ahmednagar district, see Akole tehsil.
Akole
City
Akole is located in Maharashtra
Akole
Akole
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 19°32′27″N 74°00′27″E / 19.54083°N 74.00750°E / 19.54083; 74.00750Coordinates: 19°32′27″N 74°00′27″E / 19.54083°N 74.00750°E / 19.54083; 74.00750
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Ahmednagar
Government
 • Body Grampanchaayat
Elevation 593 m (1,946 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 15,668
Languages
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 422 601
Telephone code 02424
Vehicle registration MH-17
Coastline 0 kilometres (0 mi)
Nearest city Sangamner
Lok Sabha constituency Shirdi
Civic agency Grampanchaayat
Website akolemaza.com

Akole is a city and taluka in Akole tehsil of Ahmednagar district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Akole is situated surrounded with the Sahyadri mountains of Western Ghats in India. Akole is home to several historical sites notifying its contribution in history and culture of Maharashtra.

Points of interest[edit]

River and irrigational projects[edit]

  • Pravara River – one of the major tributaries of Godavari River with historical and mythological references.[1]
  • Wilson Dam also known as Bhandardara Dam – Built in 1910 at about 150 metres (490 ft) above sea level.[2]
  • Umbrella Falls – waterfalls in the shape of an umbrella
  • Randha Falls – a 45 metres (148 ft) high waterfall, located about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Wilson Dam. The flowing water is converted into hydroelectricity.A famous tourist spot at Bhandardara,[3] the falls have been a backdrop in shooting of Bollywood films such as Maine Pyaar Kiya and Raju Chacha.
  • Nilwande Dam – another Dam built on the Pravara River for hydro-electricity generation.[4]

Topography[edit]

  • Kalsubai – Highest Peak in Maharashtra 1,646 metres (5,400 ft)
  • Ghatghar – is a famous viewpoints which is situated at 22 kilometres (14 mi) from Bhandardara and offers excellent views of the Sahyadri range and is home to the 1st project of Udanchan Hydro-power Project of capacity 250 MW.
  • Kokan Kada near Harishchandragad- is a flat, sharp and deep edge of mountains
    Konkan Kada

Historical sites[edit]

  • Agasti Rishi Ashram – situated on the banks of Pravara River this legendary place finds mention in the Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita visited Sage Agastya here. The Rishi had then offered Lord Ram a miraculous arrow which he used to kill Ravan.[5]
  • Amruteshwar Temple – located at the start of the Ratanwadi village. It is considered to be over 1,200 year old dedicated to Lord Shiva as the main deity.[6] The Amruteshwar Temple has been constructed in Hemadpanthi architectural style with beautiful rock carvings on the main shrine.
  • Sri Gajanan Maharaj Mandir – devoted to a 19th Century saint from Shegaon.
  • Jagdamba Temple- Situated at Tahakari village. Another Hemadpanthi temple decorated with beautiful sculpture of Apsaras. This temple is similar in style to the Khajuraho temples. The main deity of Jagadmba is made up of wood. It is one of the most famous temple in the Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra. Temple is situated on the bank of river Aadhala. Festival of Jagdamba Mata organised by local people can be seen two times in a year: 1) Chaitra Pournima- two days Yatra festival, on this occasion many peoples from nearby villages, district and state came to take Darshan of Jagdamba. 2) Navratri- 9 nights festival of Jagdamba Mata, on this occasion continuous worship of Goddess Jagdamba performed by local people can be seen. Detail information about Jagdamba Temple Tahakari can be seen at the website www.jagdambatahakari.com.
  • Patta Fort also known as Vishramgad
  • Kalseshwar Temple in Kalas Bk near Akole – A beautiful Temple on a mountain surrounded by Pravara River
  • Harishchandragad. Good point to enjoy trekking
  • Fort of Ratangad, One of Shivaji's favorite fort
  • Scenic site near Koltembhe (a small village at the foot hills of Ghanchakkar peak).
  • Deothan a scenic village with number of Temples located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Akole.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parivara River, Maharastra". Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Wilson Dam". Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Randha Falls | Akole". Must See India. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Nilwande Dam". sahyadree blog. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Agasti Rishi Ashram". Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Amruteshwar Temple". Retrieved 4 May 2012.