Arag

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Arag
आरग
town
Arag is located in Maharashtra
Arag
Arag
Arag is located in India
Arag
Arag
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 16°47′N 74°48′E / 16.78°N 74.80°E / 16.78; 74.80Coordinates: 16°47′N 74°48′E / 16.78°N 74.80°E / 16.78; 74.80
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Sangli
Languages
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 416401
Telephone code 0233
Vehicle registration MH-10

Arag is a small town in Sangli district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is approximately 30 km south east of the much larger urban conglomeration of Sangli-Miraj.

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2011 census Arag has a population of approximately 15,000.[1]

Business and economy[edit]

In Arag over 75% of the population is employed in agriculture and within the region the town is famous for its progressive farming techniques.[2] The primary crops grown are sugar cane, paan mala, jwari, and, in common with the rest of the Sanli-region, Turmeric. Arag is Sangli's leading grape and sugar cane producing town.[citation needed] Arag is also famous for "Paan" and you can see acres of Panmalas (Pan Growing Fields) in and around Arag, leading some visitors to describe the area as an open greenhouse. The pan is sent across India, with the majority going to Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Mumbai.[3]

Arag is considered to be the business center of the eastern part of Miraj, located just 6 km from Karnataka Border.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

  • Z.P. Boys School
  • Z.P. Girls School
  • Kanyashala
  • English Medium School
  • Arag Highschool Arag and Junior College of Arts, Commerce and Science
  • Guruprasad Adhyapak Vidyalaya[2]

Places of Worship[edit]

The town has temples built to Ganesh, Vitthal, Yallamma Devi, Mahadev (one modern and one ancient), Maruti, and a number of other deities. During the Yatra, an annual pilgrimage held on the 26th January, many people visit the town of Arag to worship the goddess Yallamma Devi.[citation needed]

It is believed that there are two temples to Magadev as the locals were unable to move the Shiv Ling to a new location. Therefore, a second temple was built in the newly desired location.[citation needed]

Arag has a substantia Jain community, both Digambar and Shwetambar. It has an ancient Digambar Jain mandir, believed to have been built more than 1000 years ago, with some locals reporting that it was built by Daitais in pre-historic times. In recent times, due to a lack of investment and poor management by the Indian Archaeological Department,the local community has started to maintain and restore it.[citation needed]

Transportation[edit]

The road network within Sangli district is not highly developed although there are clear road links from the town to the more substantial Sangli-Anthani road that runs NW-SE just south from the town. Arag is located the following distances from other notable areas:

  • Mumbai - 403 km
  • Pune - 254 km
  • Kolhapur - 58 km
  • Satara - 129 km
  • Solapur - 186 km
  • Belgaum - 108 km
  • Sangli - 24 km
  • Miraj - 18 km

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arag Village Population - Miraj - Sangli, Maharashtra". www.census2011.co.in. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Arag : IndiaFree.org". indiafree.org. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  3. ^ "AragSangliMaharashtra". en-gb.facebook.com. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 

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