Idol of Lord Bhairava in Vele(वेळे)
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Vele (Kamthi) (Marathi: वेळे (कामथी)) is a village in the Western region of Maharashtra state in India. It is located in Satara district of Maharashtra. Before it was a part of Bombay State and Princely state of Satara. It is located adjacent to Kanher Dam (Marathi: कण्हेर धरण) built on Venna River. There is a big temple of Bhairava at the village entrance. Also there are number of temples in closed vicinity of village. It is a village surrounded by natural beauty with greenery of farms all around. Agriculture is the main occupation in the village with more than 80% of the total area being used for agricultural activities. Though Agriculture constitutes the mainstay of the economy of this village, besides a sizeable population working at various plum government positions does bolster the financial position. Many sons of the soil carved a niche for themselves and are well settled and at respectable positions in various organizations at various places.
- 1 History
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Geography and Climate
- 4 Cuisine
- 5 Education,Infrastructure and Development
- 6 Dams and irrigation projects
- 7 Agricultural and cropping pattern
- 8 Prominent Persons
- 9 Transport
- 10 Nearby
- 11 See also
- 12 References
The village was established on banks of Venna River by prominent Maratha Shinde clan who were hereditary Deshmukh and had received a Desmukhi Watan of Vele (Marathi: वेळे) from the Sultanates of Deccan during the pre-Shivaji era.
The official language is Marathi (Marathi: मराठी) with its own dialect. Language varies in its tone and a few words. People from all castes which include Maratha (Marathi: मराठा),Gondhali, Mang, Boudhh, Chambar, Mali, Lohar, Shimpi, Kosthi etc., live here. Maratha comprise the majority of the population. Clan prominent in Vele (Marathi: वेळे) is Shinde (Marathi: शिंदे).
Geography and Climate
It is a pleasant place with abundant flora.The climate is tropical monsoons as it receives a heavy rainfall during the monsoon season with the summers being hot and winters being chilly.The average temperature during the winters can range from 9 deg C to 25 deg C.The rainy season here brings a very pleasant atmosphere.
Vegetables used in a meal depends on the seasonal availability. Leafy vegetables like Fenugreek,Spinach, Ambadi, Chuka, Chakwat, kardai and Tandulja are either cooked in a stir-fry fashion or made into a soup type preparation using buttermilk and gram flour. Also Puran Poli is one of the most popular sweet items here prepared during festivals. Chicken and goat are the most popular meats for non-vegetarian dishes. All non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes are eaten with boiled rice, chapatis or with bhakris, made of Jowar or Bajra.
Education,Infrastructure and Development
Vele (Marathi: वेळे) has long tradition for education. It has Marathi High School which was established during British Raj, this was the school where many prominent persons from Vele (Marathi: वेळे) took their early education. Presently, village has education facility of both Marathi and Semi-English schools.
Villagers of Vele (Marathi: वेळे) set up a Public library in the ancestral house of Shinde Family in village, with the thought of offering kids of village something which they had never experienced before. Although the initiative saw a mere participation initially, but the number tremendously rose to a regular visit of students in a year’s time. Setting up a library helped in achieving many things like students of different backgrounds come together to read, study and interact under the same roof. Library covers a vast range of books; newspapers, weekly and monthly magazines. The students and also villagers are free to read as per their choice.
Dams and irrigation projects
The village (Marathi: वेळे) has one dam named Kanher Dam. Almost all the villagers of Vele (Marathi: वेळे) donated their fertile agricultural land which they had owned for generations, for construction of Kanher Dam around 40 years ago (1970s). River on which this dam is built is the Venna River. The height of the dam above lowest foundation is 50.34 m (165.2 ft) while the length is 1,954 m (6,411 ft). The volume content is 6,308 km3 (1,513 cu mi) and gross storage capacity is 286,000.00 km3 (68,615.05 cu mi).
Agricultural and cropping pattern
Black cotton soil is the predominant soil type found here as is the case with most of the districts on the Deccan Plateau.
Major crops (irrigated) are rice, Cotton, Wheat, Gram, Sugarcane, Groundnut for 5 to 6 months (Except Sugar cane).
Major crops (non irrigated) are Bajra, Kharif and Rabi, Jowar, Groundnut for 3 to 4 months.
Vele (Marathi: वेळे) is a birthplace to Indian film actor- Sayaji Shinde (Marathi: सयाजी शिंदे) who has acted in Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam films. From early child Sayaji Shinde faced the challenges of life head on. Electricity reached this village as late as 1981. But the young and the determined lad from Vele giving equal importance to education and family started his acting career in Marathi language with one-act plays achieving great heights and received wide acclaim and honors in Bollywood, Kollywood and Tollywood. His journey of passion and acting still continues.
Vele (Marathi: वेळे) is located about 15 km from Satara,122 km from Pune and around 270 km from Mumbai, the state capital. The nearest major city is Satara. Bus services by state-run MSRTC and private organizations connect Vele (Marathi: वेळे) by jeeps from Satara. Medha,Mahabaleshwar are the nearby towns to Vele having good connectivity.
Satara railway station , Jarandeshwar Railway Station (near to Satara) are the railway stations reachable from Vele. However Pune Junction railway station is major railway station 135 km from here.
- Kanher Dam - 4.7 km
- Satara - 15 km
- Ajinkyatara - 20 km
- Sajjangad - 29 km
- Kaas Plateau- 38 km, Called "Valley of flowers of Maharashtra which is also a World Heritage Site
- Baramotichi Vihir- Stepwell near Limb village which is about 25 km from Vele(Kamthi)
- Thoseghar Waterfalls - 39 km
- Mahableshwar - 49 km
- Panchgani - 48 km
- Shri Bhavani Museum, Aundh, Satara - 57 km
- Pune Airport - 131 km
- Kolhapur Airport - 142 km
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport - 274 km
- Yashwantrao Chavan Institute of Science college, Satara
- Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil College Of Engineering, Satara
- Government College of Engineering, Karad
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Arts College,Satara
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