Sangli district

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Sangli district
District of Maharashtra
Location of Sangli district in Maharashtra
Location of Sangli district in Maharashtra
CountryIndia
StateMaharashtra
Administrative divisionPune Division
HeadquartersSangli
Tehsils
Government
 • Lok Sabha constituencies
Area
 • Total8,578 km2 (3,312 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total2,820,575
 • Density330/km2 (850/sq mi)
 • Urban24.5
Demographics
 • Literacy82.41%
Major highwaysNH-4, NH-204
Average annual precipitation400–450 mm
WebsiteOfficial website

Sangli District is a district of Maharashtra State in west-central India. Sangli City is the district headquarters. The district is 24.51% urban. Sangli and Miraj are the largest cities.[2] The industrial town of Kirloskarwadi is also located in the Sangli District. Industrialist Laxmanrao Kirloskar started his first factory here. It is known as the sugar bowl of India due to its high sugarcane productivity. Sangli District is one of the most fertile and highly developed districts in Maharashtra. The District is very popular as a political power house in the state. Sangli District has provided many popular politicians and bureaucrats until now. Sangli has a rich history and cultural heritage. People often refers to Sangli District as the Heaven of Farmers.

History[edit]

The district of Sangli is a recent creation, being made as late as in 1949. It was then known as South Satara and it has been renamed as Sangli since 1961. It is partly made up of a few talukas which once formed part of the old Satara District and partly of the States and jahagirs belonging to Patvardhans, and Dafles which came to be merged during the post-independence period. Kundal, the region around Sangli, was the capital of the Chalukyas. Kundal was an ancient village, around 1,600 years old. Kaundanyapur (its old name) was a part of Karnataka.[3] Pulakeshin I chose Vatapi (Badami in Karnataka) as his capital. Kundal was home to freedom fighters like Krantisigha Nana Patil, Shyamrao Lad, Captain Ramchandra Lad, G.D. Lad, Shankar Jangam, and Housabai Jangam. Narsinhpur, an ancient village is also in Sangli district. Laxmi-Narsinh Ancient Temple is there from around A.D.1100–1200 period. Sant Namdeo, Sidheshwar maharaj, Tatya Tope were used to stay in the village in ancient period. This village history is also found in "GURU CHARITRA". Sangli district also has Indias second oldest industrial township as Kirloskarwadi.

Geography[edit]

Sangli District is located in the western part of Maharashtra. It is bounded by Satara and Solapur districts to the north, Bijapur District (Karnataka) to the east, Kolhapur and Belgaum (Karnataka) districts to the south, and Ratnagiri District to the west.

Sangli District is situated in the river basins of the Warna and Krishna rivers. Other small rivers, such as the Warana and the Panchganga, flow into the River Krishna. Land in the region is suitable for agriculture. Sangli district has distinct kind of environment. Eastern talukas of Shirala, Walwa, Palus are famous for high rainfall and floods. 2005 floods submerged many villages like Dudhondi,Punadi, Khed, walwa etc. Western talukas are famous for drought and tanker driven drinking water supply systems. But recent projects like Tembhu-Mhaisal yojana, Takari prakalp ( located in takari town & water lifted & stored in Sagareshwar wildlife sanctuary area), Vita water scheme (located in Dudhondi and Ghogoan village) are changing the water landscape of these talukas. These water projects are located on river Krishna. Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is located at the meeting of three Tehsils of Sangli district: Kadegaon, Walva and Palus. The wildlife sanctuary is man-made; it is an artificially cultivated forest without a perennial supply of water, and most of the wildlife species were artificially introduced. It has an area of 10.87 km².

Flora and fauna Edit

The sanctuary is forested, but with grassy hill slopes. The forests are southern dry mixed deciduous and southern thorn forest. Protection from grazing and forest fire has resulted in good regeneration of dry deciduous species. The forest department introduced many plants in the area, including Tamarind, Neem, Nilgiri, Acacia, Agave, and Khair.

Large animals found in the sanctuary include several types of deer (Sambar Deer, Blackbucks, Muntjac, Chital) as well as wild boar and peacocks. Small carnivores like hyena, fox and porcupines are also found in the area. A large number of insects, birds and reptiles such as pythons and other snakes are also present.

Tourism Edit

The sanctuary is a popular tourist destination, with the peak tourism season being from August to February. The most popular tourist activity is hiking to the top of a hill in the sanctuary, from which one can see the Krishna River flowing through fields of sugarcane and grapevines. Also in the area are numerous shrines to Shiva which were built during the Chalukya dynasty, and the Krishna Valley Wine Park in Palus. and Kundal is the region around Sangli, was the capital of the Chalukyas. Kundal is a historical place.

About Sagareshwar Edit

The Sagareshwar sanctuary has much religious, cultural and archaeological significance. The sanctuary derives its name from an ancient famous Shiva temple that attracts a large number of devotees. It actually consists of one large temple and a complex of 51 small temples, all from the Satvahana period. You will find the Kamal Bhairao temple, partially hewn from hard Basalt rock perched on the edge of a steep cliff. The entrance to the temple is through a narrow trench.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census Sangli District has a population of 2,820,575,[4] roughly equal to the nation of Jamaica[5] or the US state of Kansas.[6] This gives it a ranking of 137th in India (out of a total of 640).[4] The district has a population density of 329 inhabitants per square kilometre (850/sq mi) .[4] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 9.18%.[4] Sangli has a sex ratio of 964 females for every 1000 males,[4] and a literacy rate of 82.62%.[4] Marathi, the state language of Maharashtra, is the most widely spoken language in the district. Kannada, is the language spoken widely in sangli after Marathi. Hinduism is followed by 86.47% of district population. Islam is second largest religion in Sangli district followed by 8.49% of district population. There is significant Jain minority in Sangali

Administration[edit]

Sangli District is composed of ten talukas, listed below with their populations at the 2011 Census:

  • Shirala (162,911)
  • Walwa (456,002)
  • Palus (164,909)
  • Kadegaon (143,019)
  • Khanapur (Vita) (170,214)
  • Atpadi (138,455)
  • Tasgaon (251,401)
  • Miraj (854,581)
  • Kavathemahankal (152,327)
  • Jat (328,324)

Culture[edit]

Kundal is near Veerbhadra Temple Hill. This temple has 300 years of history. Kundal is a pilgrimage centre for the Digambar Jains, with thousands of Jains visiting each year. There is a temple built in the memory of Maharaja Jaising.

Kundal is surrounded by hills, including Zari Parshwanath. Water from the trough cascades near the idol of Mahaveer. Two caves house the idol of Mahaveer[7] and the images of Rama, Sita, and Lakshman. Samav Sharan, a large open space on top of another hill, is considered holy by the Jains. They believe that Mahaveer gave sermons to his followers here.

"Akhand Harinam Saptah Dnyaneshwari Parayan Sohla" Haroli, completed its 90th year in 2016, which was started in 1926. Haroli is one of the religious, irrigated sugar producing village in Kavathemahankal tehsil.

Sangli district itself has her own unique identity for cultural, linguistic, religious co-existence & harmony. But it was ashamed with Hindu-Muslim voilence in first decade of 21st century. Despite it, the tolerance, mutual respect & love is continuously increasing. The non-descrit village Dudhondi is famous for celebrating 'urs' as well as 'shiv jayanti' with same valour & it is a prime example of culture that sangli district has preserved and carried forward.

Notable People[edit]

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Entertainment/literature/culture/music/cinema

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Politics

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Notable Cricketers From Sangli District[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Based on Election Commission website Archived 6 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Census GIS India Archived 27 July 2007 at WebCite
  3. ^ "Chalukya capital tells a tale of ruin". Radhesham Jadhav. Retrieved 2009-04-14.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  5. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Jamaica 2,868,380 July 2011 est
  6. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 2011-09-30. Kansas 2,853,118
  7. ^ "Jain Glory of Maharashtra". Retrieved 2009-04-14.[dead link]

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Coordinates: 16°51′36″N 74°34′12″E / 16.86000°N 74.57000°E / 16.86000; 74.57000