Sātrastā Road in Solapur
|Nickname(s): Siddheshwar Nagari
|• Body||Solapur Municipal Corporation|
|• Mayor||Prof Sushilatai Abute|
|• Deputy Mayor||Mr. Pravin Dongre|
|• Municipal Commissioner||Mr.Vijay Kalam|
|Elevation||457 m (1,499 ft)|
|Population (2011 Census of India)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||MH-13 (Solapur city)
MH-45 (Solapur(Akluj) rural district)
|Spoken languages||Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi|
|Sex ratio||52/48 ♂/♀|
Solapur (IPA: [Sōlāpūr]) ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a city located in the south-eastern region of indian state of Maharashtra. Solapur comes under the administration of the Pune division. Solapur is located on major road and rail routes between Mumbai and Hyderabad, with a branch line to the cities of Bijapur and Gadag in the neighbouring state of Karnataka. It is classified as a 2 Tier and B-2 class city by House Rent Allowance (HRA) classification by the Government of India. It is 49th-most-populous city in India and 43rd-largest urban agglomeration.
Solapur has speakers of Marathi, Kannada, Telugu,Tamil and Hindi languages with multilingual features. Solapur is the fourth-largest district in Maharashtra in terms of land area, and seventh-largest in terms of population. The district shares its borders with the south indian state of Karnataka and Hyderabad city.
Solapur district has the highest number of sugar factories (total 33) in Maharashtra. Solapur leads Maharashtra in production of indian cigarettes or Beedi. Solapuri Chadars and towels are famous in India and also at a global level, however there has been a significant decline in their exports due to quality reasons. Solapuri chadars are the famous and first product in Maharashtra to get a Geographical Indication tag It has been a leading center for cotton mills and power looms in Maharashtra. Solapur had the world's second-largest and Asia's largest spinning mill. The National Research Centre on Pomegranate (NRCP) of India is located in Solapur. and also the pomegranate farming is done on a large scale in Solapur District. The Science Centre in Kegaon (Solapur) is the third largest and prominent scientific association in Maharashtra. The Raichur- Solapur Power Transmission line of 765 kV power capacity suffices the power grid accessing need of the southern states of Karanataka and Andhra Pradesh. The first waste-to-energy electricity plant in Maharashtra is situated in Solapur.
The Gramadevata (Chief deity) of the city is Shri Shivyogi Siddheshwar. The "Nandidhwaj" procession on the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti and on account of it an annual fair locally known as Gadda Yatra attracts large crowds and is associated with the marriage of Lord Siddheshwar. In 1992, the Solapur Municipal Corporation extended its area up to 300 square kilometres (120 sq mi) by merging its suburbs.
- 1 Etymology and history
- 2 Toponomy
- 3 Culture
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Geography and climate
- 6 Civic administration
- 7 Education
- 8 Economy
- 9 Sports
- 10 Environment
- 11 Transport
- 12 Utility services
- 13 Notable and prominent Solapurkars
- 14 See also
- 15 Notes and References
- 16 External links
Etymology and history
The Solapur District was ruled by various dynasties such as Andhrabhratyas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas and Bahamanis. 'Solapur' spelled in (Marathi: सोलापूर) is believed to be derived from the combination of two Sanskrit words: 'Sola (Sanskrit: सोला/सोळा)' meaning "Sixteen" and 'pur (Sanskrit: पूर)' meaning "Village". The present city of Solapur was considered to be spread over sixteen villages viz. Aadilpur, Ahmedpur, Chapaldev, Fatehpur, Jamdarwadi, Kalajapur, Khadarpur, Khandervkiwadi, Muhammadpur, Ranapur, Sandalpur, Shaikpur, Solapur, Sonalagi, Sonapur and Vaidakwadi and all these villages are now merged with Solapur Municipal Corporation. It is evident from the inscriptions of Shivayogi Lord Siddheshwar of the time of the Kalachuristis of Kalyani, that the town was called 'Sonnalage' which came to be pronounced as 'Sonnalagi'. The town was known as Sonnalagi even up to the times of Yadavas. A Sanskrit inscription dated (Sanskrit:शके १२३८) Śakē 1238, after the downfall of the Yadavas found at Kamati in Mohol shows that the town was known as Sonalipur. One of the inscriptions found in Solapur fort shows that the town was called Sonalpur while another inscription on the well in the fort shows that it was known as Sandalpur. Subsequently the British rulers pronounced Solapur as Sholapur and hence the name of the district. The present Solapur district was previously part of Ahmednagar, Pune and Satara districts. In 1838 it became the Sub-district of Ahmednagar. It included Barshi, Mohol, Madha, Karmala, Indi, Hippargi and Muddebihal Sub-divisions. In 1864 this Sub-district was abolished. In 1871 this district was reformed joining the Sub-divisions viz. Solapur, Barshi, Mohol, Madha and Karmala and two Subdivisions of Satara district viz. Pandharpur, Sangola and in 1875 Malshiras Sub-division was also attached. After the State reorganisation in 1956 Solapur was included in Bombay State and it became a full-fledged district of Maharashtra State in 1960.
A prominent Kannadiga woman and writer Jayadevi Taayi Ligade and some of Lingayat Kannadigas had tried for inclusion of Solapur region into Karnataka state (former Mysore state) on grounds of linguistic majority of Kannada speaking people in and around Solapur region. and the demand was again asserted by Chief Minister of Karnataka B. S. Yeddyurappa in 2010.
The Solapur Municipal Council was the first municipal council to hoist the indian national flag on the Municipal Council building in 1930. The municipal corporation building was built by Rao Saheb Mallappa Warad. He was also one of the first ones to bring the farming tractor in India. It was his wish that the building should be used for some public purpose and thus the building was made the municipal council. The building is also called Indra Bhawan which means 'Abode of Indra' (Lord Indra). Mallappa Warad was also one of the ten members of 'Chamber of Merchants' under Queen Victoria.
Taking the spirit of Dandi March from Mahatma Gandhi, the freedom fighters of solapur hoisted the National Flag on 6 April 1930 on the Municipal Council building. This was the first and the unique incidence of such kind throughout the country.
During the Indian independence movement, the people of Solapur enjoyed full freedom on 9–11 May 1930. However, this resulted in the executions of Mallappa Dhanshetti, Abdul Rasool Qurban Hussein, Jagannath Bhagwan Shinde and Shrikisan Laxminarayan Sarada, who were hanged on 12 January 1931, in the prison at Pune. This resulted in the city becoming recognised as "The City of Hutatmas" literally "The City of Martyrs".
The Inscriptions of chief deity of Solapur Shivyogi Shri.Siddheshwar of the time of the Kalachuris of Kalyani (Basavakalyan) suggest that the town was called "Sonnalage" which came to be pronounced as "Sonnalagi". A Sanskrit inscription dated Shake 1238, after the downfall of the Yadavas found at Kamati in Mohol shows that the town was known as Sonalipur. One of the inscriptions found in Solapur fort shows that the town was called Sonalpur It was the main commercial hub of the Devagiri Yadavas and an important trading city.The town was known as Sonnalagi even up to the times of the Yadavas of Devagiri.
As per 2011 census of Solapur city and as per provisional reports of Census of India, population of Solapur in 2011 is 951,118; of which male and female are 482,194 and 468,924 respectively.
- Solapur's Literacy Rate in 2011
In education section, total literates in Solapur city are 710,180 of which 390,335 are males while 319,845 are females. Average literacy rate of Solapur city is 83.88 percent of which male and female literacy was 91.31 and 76.30 percent respectively.
Geography and climate
|Climate data for Solapur|
|Record high °C (°F)||36.7
|Average high °C (°F)||30.9
|Average low °C (°F)||16.2
|Record low °C (°F)||4.4
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||4.6
|Average rainy days||0.2||0.6||0.5||0.9||2.5||7.0||8.8||8.7||9.5||4.5||1.6||0.6||45.4|
|Source: India Meteorological Department (record high and low up to 2010)|
Gulbarga district on the southeast and Bijapur Districts on the south of Karnataka State, Sangli district on the south and southwest; Satara district on the west, and Pune district on the northwest. It is situated at a distance of 410 km (250 mi) from the Maharashtra State Capital of Mumbai by road and train.
Solapur falls under the category of dry (arid and semiarid) climate according to the Köppen climate classification. The city experiences three distinct seasons: summer, monsoon and winter. Typical summer months are from March to May, with maximum temperatures ranging from 30 to 40 °C (86 to 104 °F). The warmest months in Solapur are April and May. The typical maximum temperatures being 40 °C (104 °F) or more. The highest temperature ever recorded is 46.0 °C (114.8 °F) in May 1988. Although summer does not end until May or even the midst of June, the city often receives locally developed heavy thundershowers in May (although humidity remains high). The monsoon lasts from June to the end of September, with moderate rainfall. The city of Solapur receives an average rainfall of 545 mm (21.5 in) per year. Winter begins in November and lasts until the end of February, with the temperatures occasionally dropping below 10 °C (50 °F). Solapur lies very close to the seismically active zone around Killari, Latur District, about 100 km (62 mi) east of the city.
The civic administration of the city is managed by the Solapur Municipal Corporation,which was established on the Maharashtra Day of 1 May 1964 in the building constructed by Mallappa Warad in 1930. The corporation oversees the engineering works, health, sanitation, water supply, administration and taxation in the city. It is headed by a Mayor who is assisted by Municipal Commissioner and elected representatives. The city is divided into 125 wards and 6 zones. The corporation members also known as corporators are elected by the citizens of Solapur every five years. The corporators in turn elect the Mayor. Its activities include developing new layouts and roads, town-planning and land-acquisition. The electrical supply to the city is managed by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited.
The colleges and the institutes in center of Shivaji University (Kolhapur) at Solapur was functioning with the three departments Polymer Chemistry, Applied Physics/ Electronics and Geology with the masters courses and M. Phil, PhD research in these areas. The center was located on the old campus of Dr. V. M. Government Medical College that was later on relocated to Police Golibar Maidan. The center was transformed to the university to serve the students of Solapur district and was formally inaugurated on 3 August 2004.
Solapur is home to 14 engineering, 2 medical colleges and 1 dental college; it also has another 40 colleges in the city extent.
Solapur has a Science Centre, which is a Science Museum and is the third in the state after Nehru Science Centre, Worli in Mumbai and Raman Science Centre in Nagpur. The Science Centre is located at Kegaon, Hiraj Road, near Solapur University beside the Pune-Solapur National Highway. The Centre works with the motto of propagating science to the masses. Night sky observation through telescopes is one of the many programmes of the Centre.
Solapur is located on an important junction of the North–South railway line, a good base for its industries for logistical reasons, with approximately 98 medium and 8,986 smaller industries. Solapur is one of the leading centres for handlooms, power looms and cotton mills.
Solapur is known as Dakshin Kashi (Southern Kashi) of India. Pandharpur is a holy and famous pilgrimage place dedicated to Lord Vitthal and Shri. Rakhumai goddess prominently worshipped among Varkari community. It is also one of the Kuldaivat of Maharashtra State. It is located at a distance of 72 km by road from Solapur District headquarters. An important tourist destination is Siddeshwar Temple, the abode of Siddheshwar (Siddhrameshwara) built in the 16th century. It attracts 3.5 million pilgrims yearly. Solapur is also famous for its Markandeya Temple built in 1893, the Venkateshwara Temple built in 1970, and the Rupa Bhavani temple built in the 19th century, Shri Shankar Temple. Solapur has a land based fort in the city centre.
Shrine of Hazrat Shaikh Nooruddin Chishti (rehmatullahe aleh)located at Akkalkot in Solapur District. It is dedicated to a Muslim saint Hazrat Nooruddin. Pilgrims visit this holy place from all around India every year for a Festive of the said saint.
Hazarat Shah Zahur Dargah, located at heart of the city, is dedicated to Hazarat Shah, a Muslim saint who is believed to have performed several miracles. It is dating back to 560A.D. A festival is held here on 10th, 11th and 12th of the Safar Muslim month every year.
Solapur has 3 radio channels; 92.7 Big FM, Radio City and Solapur FM. Tarun Bharat is the marathi language newspaper published from Solapur. Other Newspapers: Sanchar, Sakal, Lokmat, Punya Nagari, Keshari,Pudhari, Divya Marathi and English daily papers from Pune (The Times of India, Indian Express).
Solapur is one of the most-polluted cities in Maharashtra due to the effluent chemicals produced as the waste products from the textile industries in its region. As many vehicles in the city utilize diesel fuel, it also generates tremendous smog emitted by sugar factories and heavy textiles industries in the city's suburb. Various efforts are being made by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to reduce air pollution and its environmental effects. The city has launched a GO-GREEN scheme by planting trees in the city and developing greenery with the help of various eco-friendly people in the city.
Solapur railway station is the main railway hub within the city. The Solapur Railway Division is an important division connecting South India to Western & North west India. Trains from Ahmedabad, Jaipur, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune etc., ply to Southern states (Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala) via Solapur.
It is served daily by Solapur Banglore Express, Solapur Nagpur, Solapur Pune Hutatma Express, Solapur Mumbai, Solapur Jaipur Superfast express and Solapur Goa Express. Hotgi Junction and Kurduvadi Junction are two junction railway stations present in the Solapur district.
Solapur is well-connected by road with major cities of Maharashtra as well as the adjoining State Capital of Hyderabad and important cities in Karnataka by four National Highways – NH 9 highway connecting Pune with Vijaywada via Hyderabad, NH-13 connecting Solapur to Mangalore, Karnataka and NH-211 connecting Solapur to Dhule. Ratnagiri-Nagpur National highway NH-204 passes through city, connecting Solapur to other important cities in Maharashtra like Nagpur, Sangli, Kolhapur and Nanded.Recently sanctioned National Highways- (Solapur - Kalaburagi) and Ratnagiri-Solapur-Yavatmal-Nanded-Nagpur. (Solapur-Bijapur) Road section in NH-13 is proposed to be improved by its four laning
Solapur Airport (IATA code: SSE) is located to the south of Solapur city. At present it is not covered by any airline operator. Though there are attempts by the state government to upgrade the Solapur Airport.
Power is supplied to Solapur by the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company.
Notable and prominent Solapurkars
- Walchand Hirachand, Indian industrialist and founder of Walchand group
- Dwarkanath Kotnis, among the physicians dispatched to China to provide medical assistance during the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1938.
- Jabbar Patel, movieman and director of movies like Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Jait Re Jait, Umbaraṭhā and plays like Ghanshiram Kotwal
- Shashikala, actress in Marathi and Hindi Movies
- M. F. Hussain, famous painter
- Vandana Shanbagh, Arjuna award winner athlete, she represented India at 1988 Olympics
- Atul Kulkarni, Marathi film actor
- Salil Ankola, member of Indian Cricket Team in 1996 world Cup, Hindi Film actor
- Polly Umrigar, one of the all-time greats of Indian cricket.
- Sushilkumar Shinde, Former Home Minister of India
- Anagha Deshpande, Indian Women Cricket player
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