Satara (city)

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Clockwise from top: Chaarbhinti, Natraj Mandir, The name of the city 'Satara' in three different scripts: Modi, Devnagri and Latin; Kshetra Mahuli, Ajinkyatara Fort, and the panorama of Satara city.
Clockwise from top: Chaarbhinti, Natraj Mandir, The name of the city 'Satara' in three different scripts: Modi, Devnagri and Latin; Kshetra Mahuli, Ajinkyatara Fort, and the panorama of Satara city.
Satara is located in Maharashtra
Location of Satara in Maharashtra
Coordinates: 17°41′17″N 74°00′22″E / 17.688°N 74.006°E / 17.688; 74.006Coordinates: 17°41′17″N 74°00′22″E / 17.688°N 74.006°E / 17.688; 74.006
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Satara
 • Total 22.48 km2 (8.68 sq mi)
Elevation 742 m (2,434 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 120,195
Demonym(s) Satarkar
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 415001,415002,415003,
Telephone code 02162
Vehicle registration MH-11

Satara (About this sound pronunciation  is a city located in the Satara District of Maharashtra state of India, near the confluence of the river Krishna and its tributary river Venna. The city was established in the 16th century and was the seat of Raja of Satara. It is the headquarters of Satara Tahsil, as well as Satara District. The city gets the name from Seven-forts(Sat-Tara) which are close to the city.atara is well known for its sweet: kandi pedhe.[citation needed]

Famous Person : Ajit Ganpatrao Lawand(Khatgun)



The first Muslim invasion of the Deccan took place in 1296. In 1636 the Nizam Shahi dynasty came to an end. In 1663 Shivaji conquered Parali and Satara fort. After death of Shivaji, Shahu Shivaji, Heir Apparent to Maratha Kingdom, captured by Mughals when he was only seven years old, remained their prisoner till the death of his father in 1700. The Dowager Maharani Tarabai proclaimed his younger half-brother, and her son, Shahu Sambhaji as Chhatrapati Maharaj under her regency. Mughals released Shahu with some conditions in 1707, so that Marathas would face an internal war for the throne. Shahu returned to Maratha empire and claimed his inheritance. Aurangzeb's son Muhammad Azam Shah conquered Satara fort (Ajinkyatara) after a 6-month siege, later won by Parshuram Pratinidhi in 1706. In 1708 Chattrapati Shahu, the son of Chhatrapati Sambhaji, was crowned on the Satara fort. The direct descendents of Raja Shivaji continue to live in Satara. Udayanraje Bhonsle is the 13th descendent of Shivaji Maharaj.Dundle is the Sardar Of Chhatrpati Shivaji Maharaj. [2]

Nikhil Anil Lawand's native place Khatgun, is a small village in Khatav taluka,which is famous for Peer Saaheb Dargha. Khatgun is one of the oldest village in Satara district and has world famous Dargha, which is visited by people from all over the world. Peer Saaheb Darga is the oldest dargha in world. The Dargha celebrates Urus in the month of March every year, which is visited by many people from various parts of India and as well as from foreign countries.The Dargha is a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity. It is the only dargha in world which has temples inside the premises and a masjid. Hindu and Muslims both offer prayers in the Dargha. It is believed that the Peer Dargha is famous for naavas. Deevotes offer Kanduris to peer.The Dargha is very well built, and repairs are done periodically. It is one of the tourist spot in Satara. It has rooms for Devotes to stay. Khatgun is one of the famous village in Satara district. The MALs and MPs frequently visit khatgun. Khatgun has a great quality of farms. The main occupation of people in khatgun is farming. Wheat is produced on a large scale in khatgun and is world famous. Yerala river passes through khatgun. Khatgun frequently faces water shortage. The common surname in khatgun is "LAWAND". The majority of population in khatgun is Maratha. Khatgun is the native place of underworld don Ajit Ganpatrao Lawand, who was one of the dangerous gangster of Arun Gawali gang. Ajit Lawand's gan operated in Pune, Mumbai and Satara.He was the only gangster of Satara during 1990's.


  • Satara is well known for its sweet: kandi pedhe.[citation needed]
  • Satara City has a unique statue of Shivaji standing near a canon at Powai Naka[citation needed]
  • Kas plateau / Flower plateau is now a World Natural Heritage site.[1]
  • Satara is famous for Raje Peer Saaheb Bhaksavar Dargha in Khatgun(khatav)
  • Famous person : Underworld don Ajit Ganpatrao Lawand(khatgun)

How to visit[edit]

Satara can be reached by road, train or by air. It is about 250 km from Mumbai. There are busses starting at 9 AM in the Morning. Train servies from CST to Kolhapur via Satara. Also available are S.T buses from Borivali, Dadar, Mumbai central, Bhayandar, Thane to Satara.


View of Satara City at sunset from Chaarbhinti (Clicked at 11 December 2010; 1815 hrs.(IST)

Satara is located at 17°41′N 73°59′E / 17.68°N 73.98°E / 17.68; 73.98.[3]

It is located on National Highway 4, between Karad and Khandala.[4]


Climate data for Satara
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.0
Average low °C (°F) 11.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 3.1
Source: Government of Maharashtra


Bamnoli Boating View

The famous tourist points near Satara City are:

A view of Narayan Maharaj Math from Shembdi Vaghali-Bamnoli Road
A Sunset view from Naryan Maharaj Math, Bamnoli


As of 2011 India census,[6] Satara had a population of 120,079; males constituted 52% of the population and females 48%. Satara has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 74%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 76%. In Satara, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age. Marathi is the native and most widely spoken language, although English, Kannada and Gujarati are also spoken.[citation needed]

Maharashtra state's sex ratio is 883 girls per 1000 boys, and Satara fares worse still at 881, in spite of the high level of literacy.[7]


Satara city is well connected with the rest of Maharashtra by road and rail. National Highway 4 running between Mumbai and Chennai passes through Satara. A bypass was constructed in the 1990s to avoid traffic congestion in the city. NH4,ma part of the Golden Quadrilateral, has been fully converted to a 4-lane divided highway while the stretch between Pune and Satara has been upgraded to 6-lane. State Highway 58 connects Satara with Mahabaleshwar and Solapur.[citation needed]

Satara railway station lies on the Pune-Miraj line of the Central Railways and is administered by the Pune Railway Division. The railway station is located a small distance east of the city and is served by several express trains. Sahyadri Express, Koyna Express, Mahalaxmi Express, Maharashtra Express, Goa Express are daily trains that have stops at Satara.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Mulla, Mohsin (4 July 2012). "Kaas to bloom for only 2,000 tourists daily". 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Satara.
  4. ^ "Satara District Map". Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Chaphal details.
  6. ^ Cities having population 1 lakh and above.
  7. ^ Babu, Chaya. 285 Indian girls no longer called "unwanted". Associated Press via MSNBC. 22 October 2011

Further reading[edit]

  • Paul H. von Tucher: Nationalism: Case and crisis in Mission – German Missions in British India 1939 – 1946 Diss. Erlangen 1980. Author's edition Erlangen/Germany 1980. Read SATARA.
  • Wilhelm Filchner: Life of a Researcher (chapter XXIII). Wilhelm Filchner was interned from September 1941 until November 1946 in the Parole Camp in Satara.
  • Selections from the Historical Records of the Hereditary Minister of Baroda. Consisting of letters from Bombay, Baroda, Poona and Satara Governments. Collected by B. A. Gupte. Calcutta 1922.
  • Malik, S. C. Stone Age Industries of the Bombay & Satara Districts, M. Sayajirao University Baroda 1959.
  • Irawati Karve, Jayant Sadashiv Randadive, The Social Dynamics of a Growing Town and Its Surrounding Area. Deccan College, 1965, Poona. ISBN B0000CQW3J
  • Valunjkar, T. N. Social Organization, Migration & Change in a Village Community, Deccan College Poona 1966.
  • Dr. B.R.Ambedkar writes about his experience while living as a child in Satara in his autobiographical book, Waiting for a Visa [1]

External links[edit]

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.