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Barshi City
बार्शी शहर
Nickname(s): Bhagawant Nagari
Barshi City is located in Maharashtra
Barshi City
Barshi City
Location of Barshi in Maharashtra
Coordinates: 18°14′3″N 75°41′42″E / 18.23417°N 75.69500°E / 18.23417; 75.69500Coordinates: 18°14′3″N 75°41′42″E / 18.23417°N 75.69500°E / 18.23417; 75.69500
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Solapur District
Tehsil Barshi
Population (2016)
 • Total 220,000
Demonym(s) Barshikar
Time zone IST
 • Summer (DST) 5:30 (UTC)
Postal code 413401,02,10,11
Area code (+91) 2184
Vehicle registration MH-13
Bhagwant City

Barshi City ( Marathi : बार्शी ) is a City Municipal Council in Solapur district in the state of Maharashtra, India. Barshi is an only municipal council which is A grade in whole Solapur district.Barshi has 43 municipal wards, if the number of wards increases beyond 50 then Barshi will be converted into Barshi Municipal Corporation.Barshi City is growing very faster. Many people are migrating to Barshi from neighboring towns Kurduwadi,Madha, Osmanabad,Paranda,Vairag.It is second biggest city in Solapur District after Solapur City.It is second in Industrial area,Economy after Solapur city in Solapur District.It is Situated in 18°13' north latitude and 75°41' east longitude north-west of Solapur, the district headquarters. Barshi is a municipal City and a headquarters of a sub district bearing the same name. Being the headquarters of a taluka the offices of the Mamlatdar and the Block Development Officer are located at Barshi. It is also a seat of the Civil Judge (Junior Division) and First Class Judicial Magistrate. There is a separate police station for the City only. It is a railway station on the Latur-Kurduwadi broad gauge section of the South-Central railway. The railway itself was known as Barshi Light Railway. Wells and a tank form the main sources of water-supply. Scarcity of drinking water is often felt. A weekly market which is also a cattle market is held at Barshi on every Saturday.

Barshi City is the second biggest and populous city of solapur district. Barshi is situated on the boundary of Marathwada(Aurangabad Division).Barshi is very important part of solapur district.Barshi has its own additional district court. Barshi is the only city which has A grade municipal council in whole solapur district.

It is a headquarters and the 2nd largest city in Solapur District. It is famous in the region for its quality toor dal (lentil) production and other agriculture products. The city is traditionally considered as a gateway to the neighboring region "Marathwada". Barshi has one of two temples dedicated to Vishnu as Lord Bhagvant; the other is at Varanasi or Kashi. Barshi has also twelve Jyotirlinga such as Uttareshwar, Bhogeshwari, Baleshwar and so on. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama traveled through here while going to Sri Lanka.

Barshi had three cotton textile mils, although only one survives. The three were Rajan Mill, Lokmanya Mill and Barshi Textile Mill (called BTM - Old Name JaiShankar Mills Ltd.). The last one is now managed by NTC, previously managed by Rao Bahadur Ganpatrao Zadbuke alias Kakasaheb. Barshi is also known for its wholesale trading market, called "Krishi Utapanna Bazar Samiti (adhat bazzar)". Farmer and cattle owners come to Barshi from all over to sell raw commodities, crops, vegetables, fruits, animals, and animal products to wholesale buyers, who then sell to big city traders. Also there is small industrial area. Barshi is famous for good hospitals service. It is emerging as a regional education centre with reputed educational institutes.

Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Hospital, initiated by film actor Sunil Dutt, is situated in Barshi. It has state-of-the-art facilities and is funded privately (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) as well as by the government. The hospital is also linked to Tata Memorial Hospital for Cancer Research, Parel-Mumbai. Dr. B.M Nene took the responsibility as the head of hospital since founded. This campus of 50 acres donated by Utreshwar alias Baburao Kathale, brother of Balasaheb Naganath Kathle, grandfather of Anand Zadbuke, this hospital is run by Sarumanga Utreshwar Kathle Trust.

The great spiritual guru of Kundalini Shakti, the late Vamanrao Gulawani Maharaj, lived in Barsi for almost 12 years while he worked as a young school teacher in a local high school. Barshi was ruled by the Bhonsale dynasty of the Marathas. Many Notable personalities were born and brought up in Barshi. To name a few Dr Vivek Javali the Cardiac Surgeon and Bela Sulakhe the Playback singer who had a successful career in Bollywood and also many T series albums.

The history written here was of a different place called Barshi Takali. That place is situated in Akola District whereas this place called only Barshi and situated in Solapur district.

Areas Of Barshi City:- 1.Subhash nagar 2.Sambhaji nagar 3.Shri Balaji Colony 4.Mangire Mala 5.Dhage Mala 6.Alipur Road 7.Kacheri Road 8.Uplai Road 9.Latur Road 10. Bhosale Chawk 11.Pande Chowk 12.Tanaji Chowk 13.Gandhi Chowk 14.Paranda Road 15.Shivaji Nagar 16.Raut chawl 17shivaji collage road Barshi gets its water supply from Ujanji Dam situated in Solapur District.Barshi get water supply through pipeline. Barshi is on the way of development.


Barshi is an dry place. Temperature in following seasons: - Summer 29℃ to 43℃ Rainy 23℃ to 33℃ Winter 16℃ to 31℃ Autumn 25℃ to 35℃ Barshi has one lake which is in development. If we go 30 to 35 km away we will find some hills. Sina river is the nearest to Barshi but 15 km away from Barshi. Sina River is tributary of Bhima river and Bhima river is tributary of Krishna River. Barshi get water supply from Ujani dam on the bank of Bhima River. From Ujani Dam . Water is supplied through pipeline Ujani to Barshi. Water shortage is felt. Electricity is supplied from Mahavitran . MSEDC.


As of 2011 India census,[1] Barshi had a population of 218,722. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Barshi has an average literacy rate of 71%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 56% of the males and 44% of females literate. 12% of the population is under 6 years of age. It had, as per the Census of 1971, a total population of 62,374 souls.


The municipality was established at Barshi in 1825. It covers an area of 14 square miles (36 km2) and is now governed under the Maharashtra Municipalities Act, 1965. The municipal council is composed of thirty-three members with three seats being reserved for women and two for scheduled castes. The municipal council has six committees: the standing committee, the public works committee, the education committee, the sanitation, medical and public health committee, the water-supply and drainage committee and the planning and development committee to look after the various aspects of municipal administration. The Chief Officer is the executive head of the municipality and is assisted by the Health Officer, the Municipal Engineer, the Octroi Superintendent, the Internal Auditor and the Chief Accountant and other ministerial staff.

For public convenience the municipality maintains two vegetable markets, one mutton market and one fish market. The open-air theatre-cum-mangal Karyalaya has been constructed at a cost of about Rs. 67,000. The municipality conducts one hospital and an ayurvedic dispensary. The veterinary dispensary is managed by the Zilla Parishad. Primary education has been made compulsory in the town and is conducted by the municipal school board. The municipality spends annually about Rs. 4,00,000 on primary education. The underground drainage system has not been introduced in the town as yet. There are open and covered gutters and the arrangements are made by the municipal council for the removal of night-soil. Wells and the Pathari tank form the main sources of water-supply. Pumping sets have been installed on wells within the municipal area. The municipality maintains one fire-fighter and the necessary staff. The total length of roads in the municipal limit is approximately 46 kilometres (29 mi), of which a length of about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) is asphalted, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) metalled and about 18 kilometres (11 mi) unmetalled. The cremation and burial places are maintained by the municipality.[2]

Bhagvant Temple[edit]

Bhagvant temple is dedicated to Shri Vishnu. The uniqueness of this temple is that, this is the only temple of Shri Vishnu all over India having Shri Vishnu’s name as BHAGAVANT.[citation needed]

The temple was built in 1245 A.D. in Hemadpanthi style. There are four entries to the temple from all the four directions, but the main entry is east-facing.

There is one GARUDKHAMB in front of Garbhagraha. The idol of main deity Shri Bhagvant is in black stone having SHANKH, CHAKRA andGADA is in the hands and picture of devotee king Ambrish below the right hand. Shri Laxmi is on the back of Bhagvant idol. Shivlinga is there on the forehead and marks of Footsteps of Bhrigu Rishi on the chest of the deity.

There are old records showing the grants released by Shri Nanasaheb Peshve in the year 1760, by East India Company in 1823 and by British Government in 1784.

The temple management is looked after by a Panch Committee. Badves carry out the work of daily rituals of the temple. The daily rituals include Kakada Arti, Nitya Puja, Mahapuja in the morning, Dhuparti in the evening and Shejarti in the night.

Large number of devotees visit during the Chaitri, Maghi, Aashadi & kartiki (Hindu Months) Ekadashi.

During the Aashadi & Kartiki Ekadashi a large procession is taken out covering the town with Bhagvant riding on Garuda. A CHABINA is taken out on every full moon day.

Ritual at Sri Bhagawanta Mandir:

Every morning at five Lord Bhagawanta is woken up with the Kakad arati adorations to the accompaniment of the sound of the cymbals. Several devotees, both men and women, attend these morning devotions. They bring the offerings of sugar, fruits, milk, curds and butter. The traditional honour of the Kakad of Bhagawant Mandir is with Sri Dattatreya Krishnath Patil. The priest is particular about continuing this convention. It was Sri Bhaurao Tatya Patil who took up the onus of Bhagawant Kakad way back, a tradition that has been passed down the generations.

At the time of Kakad arati, the Lord is first adored with ghee lamps and then the priest changes the cloak and offerings of fruits and sugar are made. The lotus feet of the Lord are washed with warm water. Incense is waved, milk offered in silver vessel and then a pancharati performed. After this Sri Ganapati and Varun are worshipped with blowing of conch. The priest puts a blob of butter in Lord’s mouth. Then He is anointed with milk, curds, ghee, sugar and honey. Lord Bhagawanta is given a bath with water showered out of His silver pail. This water is considered equal in merit to Bhagirathi and sprinkled upon the devotees assembled. After this follows the karpur arati and hymns and praises are sung by the devotees. After the Lord has bathed and put on new clothes, He is given an offering of khichadi. This is being taken care of by the local business community— Sri Nanasaheb Budukh and Sri Balasaheb Kokate are looking at this aspect presently.

In the afternoon, the Brahmins of town, Deshpande, Budukh, Joshi, Patil, Deshmukh etc. provide the naivedya/repast for Lord Bhagawanta. The priests bring this from the homes of the respective families. Many are the offerings made on occasions such as Gudi Padva, Dasera, Diwali etc.

Educational institutes[edit]

The city is well known in the region for its state of the art educational institutions and nearby districts and tehsils depends upon these educational facilities. Major Pre Schools - 1 Shishuvihar Barshi.

Major Primary Schools -

1. Maharashtra Vidyalaya, Barshi.

2. Navin Marathi Vidyalaya, Barshi

3. Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya, Barshi

4. Jijamata Primary School, Barshi

5. Mahatma Phule Primary School, Barshi

6. MIT's Smt. Prayag Karad Vishwashanti English Medium Primary School, Barshi

7. Datta Prathmik Vidyamandir, Vaiduwadi, Barshi

Apart from these there are 19 primary schools run by Municipality. Most are Marathi medium but 2 Urdu and 1 Gujarati medium schools are also there.

Major High Schools -

1 Saint Joseph's English Medium School,Barshi

2 Sojar English Medium School, Barshi

3 Barshi Technical High School, Barshi

4 New High School, Barshi

5 Maharashtra Vidyalaya, Barshi

6 Silver Jubilee High School, Barshi

7 Anglo-Urdu High School, Barshi

8 Adarsh Highschool, Shendri.

9 Model High School, Barshi

10 Sulakhe High school, Barshi

11 New Highschool, Kuslamb

12 Z P School, Dhanore (Every Village Have ZP Schools)

13 Nagnath Highschool, Ghari

Junior and Senior Colleges - 1 Shree Shivaji Mahavidyalaya (Shri Shivaji Sikshan Prasarak Manadal - founded by Karmaveer Mamasaheb Jagdale)

2 Shriman Bhausaheb Zadbuke College

3 B.P. Sulakhe Commerce College - SSSPM's Polytechnic, Barshi - Karmveer Institute of Information Technology(K.I.I.T.)

4 Sulakhe junior science college,Barshi

These institutions serves the higher educational needs of the town as well as surrounding region. Sarvodaya Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, Chare is one of the educational institute run Schools and colleges in Barshi Taluka. The Junior College of education (Adhyapak Vidyalaya Chare) Chare is one of oldest D. Ed. colleges founded by Mr Sambhajirao Jagdale and Late Shree Madhukar Kisan More (sir).

Barshi is one of the best leading centers in the field of IT.

There are about 35 Computer Institutes like Shree Computers, Suyash Computers, Promtech Computers, Samarth computers keeping city up to date. There are also various institutions providing competitive professional education such as BA, B.Com, BSC, BCA, BCS, B.P.Ed, M.P.Ed, M.Sc, Agri, Engg, Diploma, ATD, Pharmacy, ITI, etc.

Recently renowned educationalist Dr. Vishwanath Karad announced his plans to establish state of the art Medical institution in the city. ( at the place of old textile mill - Lokmanya Mills)

Technical Education: BIT Engineering college,Barshi S.S.S.P.M Polytechnic, Barshi provides Diploma courses in the stream of Industrial Electronics, Civil and Computer sciences. This is one of the very few institute offering diploma course in Industrial Electronics department. At the place of KIIT which becomes now School of Nursing which gives diploma in nursing.

  • Tushar Polytechnic, Vairag.
  • SBZ Institute of Polytecnic, Puri


Barshi is situated: At East-Osmanabad,Latur,Tuljapur,Paranda,kallamb At West-Pandharpur,Madha,Pune. At North-Bhoom,Beed,Ahmadnagar. At South-Solapur,Akkalkot,Dudhani.

Barshi is connected with NH65 and NH52 by NH63 and NH548C.At west NH65 and East NH52. NH65 is 60 km away at Tembhurni, Solapur District Itself. NH52 Is 30 km away at Yermala Cross, Osmanabad District as its neighbor. district.

The National Highway 63 and NH548C which goes through Barshi city will be upgraded to 4 lane. Highways In Barshi: NH63 SH67 SH151NH548C


BARSHI is connected with Nagpur,Kolhapur,Miraj,Latur,Pune,Mumbai,Hyderabad.

1.Mumbai-Latur Express 2.Nagpur-Kolhapur Express 3.Pune-Hyderabad Express 4.Miraj-Parli Passenger 5.Lokmamyatilak, Mumbai-Nanded Express 6.Amravati-Pune Express 7.Pandharpur-Nizamabad Passenger 8.Pandharpur-Latur Special 9.Pandharpur-Nanded Special

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