|Elevation||566 m (1,857 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||MH 50|
Karad is a city in Satara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It lies at the confluence of Koyna River and the Krishna River. The two rivers originate at Mahabaleshwar, which is around 100 km from Karad. They diverge at their origin, and travel for about the same distance to meet again in Karad. The rivers meet exactly headon, thus forming letter "T". Their confluence is called Preeti Sangam, meaning Lovely Meeting. Karad is well known for sugar production and is known as the sugar bowl of Maharashtra owing to the presence of many sugar factories in and around Karad. It has many prestigious educational institutes such as Government College of Engineering, Government College of Pharmacy and the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences and hotels such as Hotel Sangam.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Tourism
- 3 History
- 4 Railway station
- 5 Demographics
- 6 High schools in Karad City
- 7 Engineering colleges in Karad City
- 8 Arts, science, and commerce colleges in Karad City
- 9 Polytechnics colleges in and around Karad City
- 10 Other colleges in Karad City
- 11 Software Development Institute in Karad City
- 12 Notable residents
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Karad is located at  It has an average elevation of 566 metres (1856 feet). Karad is located near Agashiva . It has been referred in great epic Mahabharata. It has the shape of an "Aum" (Devanagari?) when viewed aerially..
Karad has strong influence over politics of Maharashtra. Yashvantrao Chavan who was the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra and later served as Deputy Prime Minister of India was from Karad. The present Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan also hails from Karad. He started his political career in 1991, and won the LokSabha seat of Karad constituency, in '91, '96 and '98 but lost it in 1999. Later he was elected to RajyaSabha.
Some famous tourist points near Karad are:
- Preeti Sangam (Confluence of Koyna & Krishna River) + Krishna Mai Temple + Late Yashwantrao Chavan's Samadhi.
- Aagashiv Dongar
- Vasantgad (10 km)
- Khodshi Dam 03 km
- Tembhu Dam 05 km
- Koyna Dam 40 km
- Chandoli Dam 55 km west
- Uttarmand Dam 38 km
- Ram Mandir Chaphal 35 km
- Talbid (Ram Mandir and Vasant fort) 12 km
- Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Valmiki Temple & Big Wild Area(45km from Dhebevadi Fata)
- Kas Pathar 86 km
- Thoseghar Waterfall 86 km
- Walmiki 45 km
- Nakhtya Rawlyachi Vihir
Karad city was recently awarded a prize under "Sant Gadagebaba Gramswachatta Abhiyan" started by Indian Government.
It was originally known as "Karhatak", meaning "elephant market". Karad is also a city of historical importance. According to Mahabharata, Sahadeva one of the Pandavas lived in the city also known to be pious as Lord Rama stepped his feet on this land. Located to the south west of Karad is Karad Caves.
The first capital of the Shilaharas was probably at Karad during the reign of Jatiga-II as known from their copper plate grant of Miraj and Vikramankadevacharita of Bilhana. Hence sometimes they are referred as 'Shilaharas of Karad'. The capital was later shifted to Kolhapur. Among the Silaharas of Kolhapur who ruled over Satara and Belganv districts from 1000 to 1215 A. D., Gonka deserves mention here, as he is described as the Lord of Karhad (Karad), Mairifvja (Miraj) and Konkan.
- Karad – 4 km from city
Karad has railway station and is onroute from Mumbai to Miraj, Sangli, Kolhapur, and Bangalore (some trains). You can reach Karad from Mumbai or Pune easily by road or rail (Mahalaxmi Express, Koyna Express, Sahyadri Express or Chalukya Express).
- Nearest railway junction
- Miraj – 72 km
All super-fast trains like the Karnataka Sampark Kranti, Deekshaboomi Express, Rani Chenama Express, Haripriya Express and Miraj Hubli Express stop at Miraj Junction. You can take private cars or MSRTC buses from Miraj to Karad. Travel time from Miraj to Karad is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
Railway time table
|No.||Train No.||Train Name||Train Type||Day||Departure time|
|01||11023||Mumbai–Kolhapur||Sahyadri Exp.||Daily||02.55 am|
|02||11097||Pune–Ernakulam||Purna Exp.||Sun||03.30 am|
|03||11011||Kolhapur–Mumbai||Mahalaxmi Exp.||Daily||04.11 am|
|04||11017||Dadar–Yashwanpur||Chalukya Exp.||Ex. Wed||04.55 am|
|05||11035||Dadar–Mysore||Sharavati Exp.||Wed||04.55 am|
|07||16209||Ajmer–Mysore||Mysore Exp.||Mon, Sat||08.10 am|
|08||16505||Gandhidham–Bangluru||Bangluru Exp.||Wed||08.10 am|
|09||16507||Jodhpur–Bangluru||Bangluru Exp.||Fri, Sun||08.10 am|
|10||16531||Ajmer–Yashwanpur||Yashvanpur Exp.||Tue||08.10 am|
|11||11040||Gondia–Kolhapur||Maharashtra Exp.||Daily||09.18 am|
|12||12148||Nizmuddin–Kolhapur||Nizmuddin Exp.||Fri||01.08 pm|
|13||12782||Nizmuddin–Mysore||Swarnajayani Exp.||Tue||01.08 pm|
|15||11029||Mumbai–Kolhapur||Koyna Exp.||Daily||16.55 pm|
|16||12780||Nizmuddin–Vasco||Goa Exp.||Daily||08.20 pm|
|Information by:||Basargi Mahesh & Group|
|No.||Train No.||Train Name||Train Type||Day||Departure time|
|02||11030||Kolhapur–Mumbai||Koyna Exp.||Daily||10.45 am|
|03||12147||Kolhapur–Nizmuddin||Nizmuddin Exp.||Tue||11.40 am|
|04||12781||Mysore–Nizmuddin||Swarnajayani Exp.||Sat||11.40 am|
|05||16210||Mysore–Ajmer||Mysore Exp.||Wed, Fri||02.00 pm|
|06||16506||Bangluru–Gandhidham||Bangluru Exp.||Sun||02.00 pm|
|07||16508||Bangluru–Jodhpur||Bangluru Exp.||Tue, Thu||02.00 pm|
|08||16532||Yashwanpur–Ajmer||Yashvanpur Exp.||Sat||02.00 pm|
|09||11039||Kolhapur–Gondia||Maharashtra Exp.||Daily||05.10 pm|
|11||11018||Yashwanpur–Dadar||Chalukya Exp.||Ex. Thu||10.10 pm|
|12||11036||Mysore–Dadar||Sharavati Exp.||Thu||10.10 pm|
|13||11012||Mumbai–Kolhapur||Mahalaxmi Exp.||Daily||11.03 pm|
|14||12779||Vasco–Nizmuddin||Goa Exp.||Daily||11.45 pm|
|15||11098||Ernakulam–Pune||Purna Exp.||Tue||00.15 am|
|16||11024||Kolhapur–Mumbai||Sahyadri Exp.||Daily||01.25 am|
As of 2011[update] India census, Karad had a population of 80,000. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Karad has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 72%. In Karad, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.having Very High per Capital Income and High living standered. people are well educated and Sophisticated.
High schools in Karad City
- Keshavrao Pawar English Medium School, Karad.
- Shri Shivaji Vidyalaya, Karad.
- Maharashra High School, Karad.
- Yashwant High School, Karad.
- Vithamata High School, Karad.
- Tilak High School, Karad.
- Kanya Prashala, Karad.
- Anandrao Chavan high School, Karad.
- Holy Family Convent High School, Vidyanagar, Karad.
- Sant Tukaram High School, Karad.
- Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Karad.
- Palkar Highschool, Karad.
- S.M.S English Medium School, Karad.
- KCT's Krishna English Medium, Malkapur, Karad.
- Husen Kasam Danekari Anglo Urdu High School, Karad.
- Shaheen Urdu Medium School,Karad (Primary).
- Shaheen Urdu Medium School, Karad.
- Star English School, Karad.
- Rotary School, Malkapur, Karad.
- Kalyani English Medium School, Karad.
- Podar International School, Karad.
- Bachpan English Medium School,Karad
Engineering colleges in Karad City
- Government Engineering College, Karad
- Doulatrao Aher College of Engineering, Karad
- Shri Santkrupa College of Engineering, Ghogaoan, Karad (Coming Soon)
- Dadasaheb Mokashi College of Engineering, Karad.(Coming Soon)
Arts, science, and commerce colleges in Karad City
- Yashwantrao Chavan College of Science, Karad
- Venutai Chavan Art,Commerce college, Karad
- Sadguru Gadge Maharaj (SGM) Arts, Science, Commerce College, Karad
- Anandrao Chavan Arts, Science, Commerce College, Karad
- Shikshan Maharashi Bapuji Salunkhe Arts, Science, Commerce College, Karad
- Mahila Maha Vidyalay Arts, Science, Commerce College, Karad
- KCT's Jr. College of Science Malkapur,Karad.
Polytechnics colleges in and around Karad City
- Government Polytechnic College, Karad
- Premalatai Chavan Polytechnic College, Karad
- Doulatrao Aher Polytechnic College, Karad (''Coming Soon)
- Dadasaheb Mokashi Polytechnic College, Sadashivgad, Karad
- Shivajirao Desai Polytechnic College, Daulatnagar, Patan, Karad
- Shri SanShri Santtkrupa Polytechnic College, Ghogaoan, Karad
- Ramrao Nikam Polytechnic College, Indoli, Karad
- Chatrapati Shahu Polytechnic College, Atit
Other colleges in Karad City
- Government Agriculture college( Under Cunstruction )
- Government ITI, Karad
- IIJT Institute, Karad
- Premalatai Chavan College of Architecture, Karad.
- Government Pharmacy College, Karad
- Shri SanShri Santtkrupa Pharmacy College, Karad
- Dadasaheb Mokashi Food Managenant College, Karad
- Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad
- Bharti Vidyapeeth Law College, Karad
- Yashavantrao Mohite Institute of Management, Karad
- Mahila College, Karad
- Late.Adv. Dadasaheb Chavan college of pharmacy, Masur Karad
Software Development Institute in Karad City
- Sunbeam Infocom Pvt. Ltd.
- ECSsoft Technologies, Karad
- Datapro Computer Institute ,Karad
- C-DAC's SunBeam Institute of Information Technology, Karad
- DiSHA COMPUTER INSTITUTE,KARAD
- Jetking Computer Hardware & Networking Institute
- Yashwantrao Chavan (12 March 1913 – 25 November 1984), an eminent Congress party politician, hailed from Karad. He was the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra and also served as the defence minister, finance minister, home minister, foreign affairs minister, and as the Deputy Prime Minister of India and became the first and only person from Maharashtra to reach up to this political level. Tembhu, one of the mega-projects under the Krishna Valley scheme, is situated near Karad.
- Gopal Ganesh Agarkar (1856–1895) Also Tembhu is the birthplace of Gopal Ganesh Agarkar. Gopal Ganesh Agarkar was a social reformer from Maharashtra, India during the British rule. He was the first editor of Kesari, a well-known Marathi weekly at that time. He left Kesari after ideological differences with Lokmanya Tilak and started his own periodical named Sudharak. The difference of opinion was about the primacy of political reforms versus social reforms. Agarkar, Tilak and Vishnu Shastri Chiplunkar were the founder members of 'Deccan Education Society'Gopal Ganesh Agarkar
- Khashaba Jadhav (15 January 1926 – 14 August 1984) Born in a very poor farming family at Goleshwar Tal. Karad, the only Olympic Medal Winner for India until 2000. He was honored by individual Bronze medal on 23 July 1952, in the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games for wrestling in bantamweight, which is the unbeaten record for India in wrestling until today. In 1993, Maharashtra State awarded him the Shiv Chatrapati Award posthumously. In 2001, the Central Government also awarded him the Arjuna Award posthumously.
- 'Pandit Govind vallabh Panth' - Born at OND Village 12 KM from karad.Village is on karad - Ratnagiri Road. At OND viialge there is a High School pandit govind vallbh panth highschool OND He Was the Chief Minister of Uttarpradesh State.
- Late P.D.Patil Saheb.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Karad
- Ahir, D. C. (2003). Buddhist sites and shrines in India : history, art, and architecture (1. ed. ed.). Delhi: Sri Satguru Publ. p. 197. ISBN 8170307740.
- [Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. IV, p. 281, Sanskrit Transcript.]
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- "Prominet Personalities".District Satara.Web
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