About District

Washim experiences dry conditions for most part of the year. The summer season is typically hot and dry and due to the inland nature of the city the humidity is limited. The monsoon season experiences certain amount of rainfall and thunderstorms can be expected. Winters are cool and dry for the most part and this is the best time to visit the place. The geographic coordinates of the district extend from 19.610 North to 21.160 North Latitude and 76.700 East to 77.400 East Longitude.

Topography

The district forms part of Deccan Plateau with slope towards southeast from Sahayadri hills and has a varied topography consisting of hills, plains and undulating topography near riverbanks. The district forms a part of Godavari and Tapi basins. Balaghat Plateau comprises of low-lying hills forming water divide. Washim is a fairly small district towards the southern centre of Maharashtra State and is on the western end of the Vidarbha region.

  • Akola and Amravati on the north.
  • Yavatmal and Hingoli to the south.
  • Buldhana on the West.
  • Yavatmal on the east.

Rivers and Dams

Large area of the district lies in the Painganga River basin, which is the district's principal river. This river enters Washim from neighbouring Buldhana district in Risod taluka and joins the southern boundary of Washim. Other important rivers include Kaas, Chandrabhaga, Arunavati, Adan, Pus, Katepurna and Bembala.

Karanja, Mangarulpir and Washim talukas have a large number of wells, and most of the district's irrigation is through wells and rivers. Adan dam is an earth fill and rock fill dam on Adan River, located at Pimpri-Barhata in Karanja taluka. It is the district's largest irrigation project.

Other medium and small scale irrigation projects in the district are Ekburji in Washim, Motsangavi in Mangarulpir, Giroli in Manora and Sonal and Adol in Malegaon talukas.

Tourist Places

Karanja

Karanja is also known as Ladache Karanja is an ancient historical town, and the four gateways and the remains of a great wall show that it was completely girdled by a strong fortification. There are three Jain temples in this town. One of them contains an image of Parasnath. A Jain festival, on a moderate scale, is held in Bhadrapada (August-September). The math of Kalyan Swami and Bhimdas from the Samartha Sampraday is located in Karanja. The town also has an ancient market place. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj marched on the city in 1670.

Sri Narasimha Saraswati Temple

The town of Karanja is the birth place of Shri Nrusinha-Saraswati Swami Maharaj, and an important religious destination of the Jain community. Hence it is also known as the Kashi of Jains.

Sant Sakharam Maharaj Samadhi: Loni in Risod taluka is famous for the samadhi of Sant Sakharam Maharaj. The annual pilgrimage here takes place on his death anniversary.

Karanja Lad -Sohal Blackbuck Sanctuary

The sanctuary has an area of 18.32 sq.km. Though it is a small sanctuary, the blackbuck flourishes here. Other faunal species in the sanctuary are the Nilgai, wild boars and several grassland birds. The sanctuary is located 265 kms. from Nagpur; 35 km. from Murtijapur on N.H. No.6.

The ancient name of Amravati is "Udumbravati", prakrut form of this is "Umbravati" and "Amravati" is known for many centuries with this name.

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