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Shirpur is a city and taluka in Dhule district of Nashik Division, Maharashtra. It is located on National Highway 3, which runs from Agra in Uttar Pradesh to Mumbai, Maharashtra. The Arunavati River and Tapi river flows through the city. Shirpur is 50 km from the city of Dhule. It houses Asia's largest and India's first gold refinery. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies has a campus in Shirpur.
The major occupation of the people is agriculture with cotton as the major product. The city has one sootgirni, Gold Refinery (Asia's largest),Sugar Factory and Paper Mill.
Shirpur has one seat in the legislative assembly of Maharashtra.
Subhas Colony is the Largest and the Biggest and the first colony established in Shirpur in the early 1960s where in the later 1990s it was divided into Adarsh Nagar. It is named after Great freedom fighter of India Subhas Chandra Bose.
The nearest prominent railway stations on the main route are Bhusaval and Chalisgaon, Pachora. Nardana (Taluka Sindkheda) & Amalner is the nearest station. Bus service is available to Bhusaval, Gujarat and MP state.Indore is just 200 km from the city and Nasik is also 200 km from city. Gujarat depo and Shirpur depo Buses are available from shirpur to Vadodara,Ahmedabad,Surat etc. at day and night. Mumbai is approximately 420 km from Shirpur.
Shri Antariksha Parshvanath
The temple of Shri Antariksha Parshvanath is also known as the Basti Mandir. This temple is said to have been rebuilt about 250 years ago.The principal idol of this temple is a 3.6 feet tall black stone idol of Antariksha Parshvanath in padmasana position with a hood of cobras. It is believed that the idol was in a floating position in the past and has come to rest on ground at only one point that is the little finger of one of the foot. However, a plausible explanation of its position as it appears to the human eye is that the idol is supported on the base at one point and is balanced in such a way that its entire weight is supported at that point. The principal interest about the same is that except for one point the entire idol is floating, and is hence called antariksha. This miraculous idol was found in the year 1142 and installed in temple by Acharya Abhaydevsurishvarji. It is believed this sand idol was made by Mali and Sumali, the servants of Khaldusan, the brother-in-law of King Ravan. Other idols are in white marble said to be 300 to 400 years old. An ancient image of Anantanatha Tirthankara is also present here. By the side of the image of Anantanatha Tirthankara are carved images of the 14 Tirthankaras. The image of Anantanatha contains an inscription said to be in Brahmi characters. There is an altar of the Goddess Padmavati, the image of Padmavati prepared about a century ago using white marble.
Other Jain Temples
1. Pavali Digambar Jain Mandir : The temple constructed in Hemadpanti style with black stone. This temple has an inscription which dates back to 1412.Two images of Parshvanatha in white marble are said to have been placed in the Pavali temple about 20 years ago. Temple rich with exquisite sculpture and carvings. 11 images were excavated from the cellar below the audience hall in 1928.
2. Vighnahara Prshvatnath Shvetambar Mandir : Vighnahara Parshvanatha Shvetambar Mandir was built in 1964.This exquisite construction contains a magnificent audience hall (sabha-mandapa) above which there is a dome of height 35 feet covering the entire audience hall.
3. Chintamani Parshvanath Mandir : Chintamani Parshvanath Mandir was constructed by the Digambar sect of the Jains in 1970. This temple is smaller than other jain temple in this area.
The city's park has a famous man-made lake. It has an amusement park with Musical Laser Fountain.The park is similar fountain show like Hyderabad music fountain show.
Shirpur is the hometown (Dahivad-Village) of Bollywood actress Smita Patil. There are a few educational institutes in Shirpur christened after her. Thalner-Village which comes under Shirpur tahsil, is the hometown of Smt. Shudhhamati, Lata Mangeshkar's mother, affectionately called 'Mai'.Shirpur is the city which is also famous for its Water management.The state government also implies the method to improve the ground water table (level) by adopting the Shirpur Pattern in Maharashtra state first and then it will be adopted in all states of country.
In the town Four major temples are located in difference places,
1. Khanderao temple 2. Balaji Temple Small Patilwada. 3. Balaji Temple Big Patilwada. 4. Subhash Colony is the largest and the biggest colony in the town.
- Shirpur.in information about Shirpur Taluka
- Shirpur.org Daily online news from shirpur
- Shirpur.biz Free classifieds website of shirpur
- "Maharashtra's CM inaugurates NMIMS's off-campus technology park at Shirpur". 29 October 2012. Retrieved Aug 30, 2014.