Location: Karjat Ahamadnagar
Karjat is a town in Ahmednagar district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is located 75 km from its District city of Ahmednagar. Rehekuri Sanctuary; a world-famous habitat for deer and there is a habitat for the Great Indian Bustard nearby. Karjat city is socially developed and is the center of an educational institute in this central western region of Maharashtra state.
Karjat has a tropical climate. There is significant rainfall in most months of the year. The short dry season has little effect on the overall climate. According to Koppen and Geiger, this climate is classified as Am. The average annual temperature in Karjat is 26.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 3933 mm.
Place of interest
There is a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to ‘antelope and great Indian bustard’ in the North of Town. There are Blackbucks and Great Indian Bustards in this sanctuary. Much rare wildlife is also there in this sanctuary. They include hyenas, pythons, Shekaroos (Giant squirrels), monkeys, baboons, jackals, wolves, chitals, peacocks and many rare birds including hariyals, mynas, bulbuls, doves.
Many wildlife lovers visit the town for its sanctuaries, particularly, during the months of September to January. it has area 2.17 sq km. great Indian bustard found there
Places of worship
In close proximity to Karjat, there a famous Ashtavinayak temple named Siddhatek. The temple is famous for its serene beauty. The idol in the temple is believed to be “Swayambhu”—not created by human hands. Siddhatek is situated on the banks of Bhima River. The mythology behind the foundation of the temple of Siddhatek is that once Lord Brahma created a world with Ganpati’s blessings and while this was going on, Vishnu woke up and two fierce demons Madhu and Kaitaba escaped from his ears. Vishnu fought with them for 5000 years, then Lord Shiva pointed out that Vishnu had started without worshipping Ganpati, so Vishnu invoked Ganpati on Siddhatek hill and destroyed the demons successfully and consecrated the spot.
Also, Rashin is famous for Goddess Jagadamba and pilgrims from all over the country visit regularly to Rashin all over the year. There is one very old Dargah of Peer Hazarat Dawal Malik on the northern outskirts of town. It is more than a thousand years old.