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Kurandwad, Kurundwad
Kurundwad is located in Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 16°41′30″N 74°35′31″E / 16.691612°N 74.591821°E / 16.691612; 74.591821Coordinates: 16°41′30″N 74°35′31″E / 16.691612°N 74.591821°E / 16.691612; 74.591821
Country India
 • Total21,325
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)

Kurundwad is a small town on the banks of the Panchganga river in Kolhapur district; it lies in the southern part of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is 55 km from Kolhapur.2 km from nrusihwadi(Narsobachi Wadi). Nearest railway station -jaysingpur 17 km.approx. Famous sports - kabbadi, weight lifting, kho kho


Princely flag of Kurundwad Junior

During the British Raj, the area of Kurundwad was a native state of India, falling under the Deccan States Agency of Bombay Presidency, and forming part of the Southern Mahratta jagirs.

Originally created in 1772 by a grant from the Peshwa, the state was later divided into two parts, one of which, called "Shedbal", lapsed to the British government in 1857. In 1855 the remaining state of Kurundwad was further divided between a senior (area of 185 miles²) branch, Kurundvad Senior,[1] and a junior (area of 114 miles²) branch, Kurundvad Junior.[2] The territory of both was widely scattered among other native states and British districts. According to the 1901 census, the senior branch had the population of 42,474; and that of the junior branch was 34,003.

The chiefs of both the branches were Brahmans by caste, belonging to the Patwardhan family. Both the branches had their residence in the town of Kurundwad which had the population of 10,415 in 1901. The last ruler (junior line) was Major His Highness Raja Shrimant Raghunathrao Ganpatrao (Dadasaheb) Patwardhan, ADC to the 1st President of India, Recipient of the Independence Medal, Recipient of King George V Silver Jubilee Medal & King George VI Coronation Medal [Hereditory Distingtion].

Current legacy[edit]

Raja Shrimant Bhalchandrarao II Chintamanrao Patwardhan, Raja of Kurundwad-Snr, ranks as a 1st Class Sardar in the southern Maratha country (Kurundwad House, 10-A Margaldas Road, 411001 – Pune, Maharashtra, India)


As of 2001 India census,[3] Kurundwad had a population of 21,325. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Kurundvad has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 68%. In Kurundvad, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Kurundwad is situated near the banks of two rivers, Krishna and Panchaganga. Near Krshna river, there is a beautiful construction, Kurundwad Ghat, built by Raja Raghunathrao I Dadasaheb Patwardhan around the year 1795. There is a samadhi (memorial) of Santajiraje Ghorapade who was Commander-in-Chief of maratha forces that humbled Aurangzeb during the reign of Chhatrapati Rajaram (1689–1700). Marathi is the official and most widely spoken language here.

Famous Places[edit]

In Kurundwad city and surrounding villages there are many ancient places which are famous and noteworthy. You can visit these places :

  1. Rajwada, the Raja's palace. It was demolished in 2013-14. It was a beautiful example of vernacular architecture. It was not obscenely large or grand, but very dignified and in that way it represented the character and personality of local society in Kurundwad. It fell into ruin and disrepair because after independence, the Raja, a very good man, lost all his lands and income. The congress government ruined all the Rajas because they were traditional Indian-minded people and the congress wanted only foreign-minded "modern" people. The helpless Raja was compelled to demolish the memory of his ancestors in 2013-14.
  2. Shri Datta mandir near Rajwada. It is a very old Datta Mandir near about of more than 800 years and there is a Pimple Tree about of more than 810 years and also Shri Nrusingh Saraswati Maharaja first avatar of Shri Datta Mandir.
  3. Old Kurundwad ghat (steps leading to river) on the banks of Krishna river
  4. Old Vishnu temple
  5. Ganesh Mandir.
  6. Old Bhairewadi bridge.


  • Sitabai Patvardhan Highschool Kurundwad
  • Dr. Allama Iqbal Urdu high school and junior college kurundwad
  • Sane Guruji Vidyalay, Kurundwad
  • Sou. Vimaladevi Khanderao Mane Girls Highschool Kurundwad
  • Prathamic Vidya Mandir Kurundwad
  • Sanjeevani English Medium School, Kurundwad
  • Sitabai Patvardhan Highschool Sainiki patern Niwasi School Kurundwad

Notable residents[edit]

  • Ringmaster Chhatre, a person who launched the first Circus in Asia was from Kurundwad.[4]
  • History of Indian classical music will always remember three names: Rahimat Khan, Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar and his son Pandit D. V. Paluskar for their invaluable contribution to the field of classical singing. 'Bhoogandharva' Rahimat Khan received patronage of Raja Bhalchandrarao I Annasaheb Patwardhan. He died around 1919 and is buried within the precincts of the Bade Nal Saheb Durgah in Kurundwad.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kurundwad Senior (Princely State)
  2. ^ Kurundwad Junior (Princely State)
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Famous Residents".

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