|Named for||Yashwantrao Chavan|
|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 Confluence of Love. 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. Karad is known for its rich and prestigious educational institutes such as Government College of Engineering, Government College of Pharmacy and the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences.
- 1 Demographics
- 2 Geography
- 3 History
- 4 Yashwantrao Chavan
- 5 High Schools in Karad City
- 6 Engineering colleges in Karad City
- 7 Arts, science, and commerce colleges in Karad City
- 8 Polytechnics colleges in and around Karad City
- 9 Colleges in Karad City
- 10 Computer Software and Hardware Institutes in Karad City
- 11 Notable residents
- 12 Railway station
- 13 Towards Miraj
- 14 References
- 15 External links
As of 2011[update] India census, Karad town and surrounding villages had total population of 74,355. 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.
Karad is located at  It has an average elevation of 566 metres (1856 feet). Karad is located near Agashiva caves. . 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. Yashwantrao Chavan who was the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra and later served as Deputy Prime Minister of India hailed from Karad. The former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan also hails from Karad. He started his political career in 1991, and won the Lok Sabha seat of Karad constituency, in '91, '96 and '98 but lost it in 1999. Later he was elected to Rajya Sabha. In November 2010 he was appointed as Chief Minister of Maharashtra in Succession to Mr.Ashok Chavan till September 2014. And in 2014 State Election he registered his 1st win in Local assembly.
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.
Yashwantrao Chavan (12 March 1913 – 25 November 1984) was the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra after the division of Bombay State and the fifth Deputy Prime Minister of India. He was a strong Congress leader, cooperative leader, social activist and writer. He was popularly known as Leader of Common People. He advocated social democracy in his speeches and articles and was instrumental in establishing cooperatives in Maharashtra for the betterment of the farmers.
Here are Some tourist attractions near Karad:
- Preeti Sangam (Confluence of Koyna & Krishna River) + Krishna Mai Temple + Late Yashwantrao Chavan's Samadhi.
On 25 November 1984 Mr. Yashwantrao Chavan passes away . He was 71. He was cremated at Karad with full state honours on 27 November 1984. The objective of setting up the Samadhi Sthal (a memorial) was to perpetuate his memory by acknowledging his rich, outstanding and valuable contribution to the society and democratic institution and development process in India's socio-political life and to undertake activities and programs particularly for the elevation of common man and promote his cherished ideas nurtured in freedom struggle and thereby strengthening socio-economical status of India. The Samadhi is close to the Preeti Sangam and surrounded by a beautiful garden. The whole area is popularly called as 'Preeti Sangam Baag'.
- अकरा मारुती (पश्चिम महाराष्ट्र)
- सदाशिवगड , ओगलेवाडी
- वसंतगड तळबीड , ता .कराड (10 km)
- टेंभू धरण ,कराड
- श्री चौरंगीनाथ मंदिर ,सोनसळ (20 km)
- श्री भवानी म्युजीअम , औंध (36 km)
- नकट्या रावळाची विहीर,पंताचा कोट ,सोमवार पेठ , कराड .
- शिवाजी स्टेडियम, कराड
- खोडशी धरण ,कराड
- 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(45 km from Dhebevadi Fata)
- Pachawadeswar(Narayanwadi)8 km
- Kas Pathar 86 km
- Thoseghar Waterfall 86 km
- Walmiki 45 km
Karad city was recently awarded a prize under "Sant Gadagebaba Gramswachatta Abhiyan" started by Indian Government.
High Schools in Karad City
- Tilak High School, Karad.
- Kanya Prashala, Karad.
- Anandrao Chavan high School, Karad.
- Holy Family Convent High School, Vidyanagar, Karad
- Shri Shivaji Vidyalaya, Karad
- Shri Shivaji Vidyalaya, Masur
- Shri Shivaji Vidyalaya, Karve
- Maharashtra High School, Karad
- Adarsh Primary School, Karad
- Deshbhakta Bhikoba Appaji Salunkhe Vidyalaya, Kival
- Venutai English Medium School, Karad
- Keshavrao Pawar English Medium School, Karad.
- Yashwant High School, Karad.
- Vithamata High School, Karad.
- Sant Tukaram High School, Karad.
- Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Karad.
- Palkar High School, Karad.
- S.M.S English Medium School, Karad.
- 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.
- Krishna Public School, Parale
- Kalyani English Medium School, Karad.
- Podar International School, Karad.
- Bachpan English Medium School,Karad.
Engineering colleges in Karad City
- Government Engineering College, Karad
- Daulatrao Aher College of Engineering, Karad
- Shree Santkrupa College of Engineering, Ghogaon, Karad
- Dadasaheb Mokashi College of Engineering, Karad
- Government Polytechnic, Karad
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 Maharshi Bapuji Salunkhe Arts, Science, Commerce College, Karad
- Mahila Mahavidyalaya Arts, Science, Commerce College, Karad
- KCT's Jr. College of Science Malkapur,Karad.
- Vithamata Vidyalaya and Junior College, Karad
Polytechnics colleges in and around Karad City
- Government Polytechnic College, Karad
- Premalatai Chavan Polytechnic College, Karad
- Dadasaheb Mokashi Polytechnic College, Sadashivgad, Karad
- Shivajirao Desai Polytechnic College, Daulat Nagar, Patan, Karad
- Shri Sant Krupa Polytechnic College, Ghogaon, Karad
- Ramrao Nikam Polytechnic College, Indoli, Karad
- Chhatrapati Shahu Polytechnic College, Atit
Colleges in Karad City
- Government ITI, Karad
- IIJT Institute, Karad
- Premalatai Chavan College of Architecture, Karad.
- Government Pharmacy College, Karad
- Shree Santkrupa Pharmacy College, Karad
- Dadasaheb Mokashi Food Management College, Karad
- Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad
- Bharati Vidyapeeth Law College, Karad
- Yashwantrao Mohite Institute of Management, Karad
- Mahila College, Karad
- Late.Adv. Dadasaheb Chavan college of pharmacy, Masur Karad
- Vishwakarma-Dadasaheb Chavan Institute of Management & Research,Malwadi, Masur, Karad
Computer Software and Hardware Institutes in Karad City
- Sunbeam Infocom Pvt. Ltd.
- ECS soft Technologies, Karad
- Datapro Computer Institute ,Karad
- C-DAC's SunBeam Institute of Information Technology, Karad
- DiSHA COMPUTER INSTITUTE,KARAD
- Jetking Computer Hardware & Networking Institute
- Easy software solutions
- Web Gagan technologies ,Karad
- Diniti Technical Solutions
- 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 Vishnushastri 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 Chhatrapati 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. He served as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, India.A High School has been named after him Pandit Govind Vallabh Panth High School at OND
- Late P.D Patil: He was the Mayor of Karad for more than 30 years which holds a record.
- 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|
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