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National Highway 3 at Chandwad
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Chandwad (IPA:Cāndavaḍa) is a town located in the Nashik district in Maharashtra. It is 250 km away from Mumbai. There are many historical places like Renuka devi mandir, Chandreshwar temple and Rangmahal located in Chandwad.
Chandwad is a tehsil in Malegaon subdivision of Nashik district in Maharashtra, India. It is a historical place where Ahilyadevi Holkar's Rangmahal (fort) is situated. It is surrounded by big mountains and is like a hill station. The population is around 20000. Chandwad is also well known for bhagwan chandraprabhu caves situated near a hill. It has special importance for Jains. Jain people living in Chandwad city and also older people believe that these caves are made in chaturthkal (Jain calendar) i.e. before 2600–2700 years.
Rishi Parashurama was asked by his father Jamadagni (known for his anger) to kill his mother Renuka. Parashurama, being an obedient son, separated her head from body. The head landed in Chandwad while the body fell near Mahur. There is a scenic temple of Goddess Renuka on the outskirts of Chandwad. Similarly there are temples of Ganesh, Mahadeo (Chandreshwar) and Goddess Kalika, the last two being on mountains.
The city is located on NH-3 (famous as Mumbai-Agara Road) between Pimpalgaon Baswant and Malegaon. The main attraction of the city are Rangmahal (fort built by Ahilyadevi Holkar) and an adjoining well. The Rangmahal now houses many government offices, and a government school. Mrs. Holkar also built a famous network of subways from her palace to different popular locations like Goddess Renuka Temple and a well near Vinchur. They were supposed to be used as safe passage under enemy attack. Mrs. Ahilyadevi Holkar made a road from Indore (Indur in Marathi) to Trimbakeshwar, which is now part of NH-3. The Holkars were appointed as key Jahagirdaar by the Peshwas. The road was an important trade and travel link between Indore to Trimbakeshwar, with onward link to Pune originating from Malegaon City.
The town boasts cosmopolitan culture, and amity. Ganeshotsav is an important festival for the town, and is celebrated at the town level. The town had many handlooms, which vanished after 1970. The state highway from Vinchur (district Nashik) to Prakasha (district Dhule) crosses NH-3 in this town. The other state highway originates from Chandwad to Manmad and further to Nandgaon. This town acts as a gateway for traffic from the north part of Nashik district to Ahmadnagar and Aurangabad, and especially to Manmad Rail station. As a result, the town has significant traffic and allied trade (transport, hotels and garages).
The SNJb's College Of Engineering is one of the most important educational centres of the town and one of the most famous college in Nashik district.
Campus also contain BHMS College, Pharmacy College and Polytechnic college.
Places to visit
- Rangmahal (Holkar Wada)
- Indrai Fort
- Temple of Renuka Mata
- Nanavali Dargah Sharif
- Temple of Chandreshwar (Shankar Bhagwan)
- Jummanshah Bukhari Dargah Sharif
- Ganesh Mandir (Vadbaare) (ichhapurti mandir)
- Temple of Shani Dev
- Shree kachrnath swami maharaj mandir at Bhoyegaon village near Chandwad
- Bhairavnath Temple (near Petrol Pump Square)
- Kalika Mata mandir and Mahavir Caves
- Chandreshwar Temple (Mahadev Mandir on top of mountain)
- Rahud Dam And Khoakad lake
- Fort Rajdher, Fort Koldher, Indrayi Fort and Chandwad Fort
- Dhodap Fort
- Kedrai Devasthan(just 2.1 km on NH3 through Vadali Bhoi)
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