Location: Washim District
Washim is a district in Maharashtra, India. The headquarters is at Wa shim. The area of the district is 5,150 km².
Washim District is one among 34 Districts of Maharashtra State, India. It belongs to Vidarbha Region. Washim District Administrative head quarter is Washim. It is is Located 543 KM west towards State capital Mumbai. Washim District population is 1196714. It is 31 st Largest District in the State by population.
Washim district Total population is 1196714 according to census 2011. Males are 621347 and Females are 575367. Literate people are 791746 in total. Its total area is 5150 sq.km. It is the 31 st largest district in the state by Population. But 29 th Largest District in the state By Area. 395 th Largest District in the Country By Population. 17 th highest District in the State By literacy rate. 139 th highest District in the Country By literacy rate. its literacy Rate is 81.7
District Headquarters Washim is well connected by road. Mangrulpir, Risod, Washim are the Cities in this district having road connectivity to major towns and remote villages. Washim is about 543 KM by road to Mumbai( Capital of Maharashtra )
Some of the railway stations in district are Washim, Penganga, Kata Road, Aman Vadi, Jaulka, Malsailu, Kanhargaon Naka, Kekatumar …. which connects most of the towns and villages in the District.
Maharashtra State Road Transportation ( MSRTC) runs Busses from Major cities to Towns and Villages in this District.
Place of interest
• Padmatirth Washim is known to have had 108 tirthas, holy places or sacred springs, associated with different gods and rishis. The Padmatirtha is one of the chief tirthas created by Vishnu. The reference to this tirtha has already occurred in the story connected with the origin of the name of the town, it is situated in the northern quarters of the town.
• Balaji Mandir The temple of Balaji is a considerably old temple in the town and was constructed by Bhavani Kalu who rose to be the divan of Sabaji Bhosle and Janoji Bhosle. He constructed the temple in 1779 AD when he was the Subhedar at the thana of Karanja.
• Balaji Talav The Deo talav also known as Balaji talav, a large square tank with stone built sides, strongly and handsomely finished and with a jalakridasthana, resting place for swimmers in the middle, was laid out at the time of the construction of Balaji Mandir in 1770 A D. The temple is flanked on one side by the temple of Vyankateshvar Balaji and on the other by that of Ramchandra.
• Daridrya Harana Tirtha The Daridrya-harana Tirtha is said to have been created by Shri Dattatreya. Well built as the tank seems to have been formerly, the steps on only one side are noticeable now. By the side of the tank is a large banyan tree. One anecdote about the tirtha says that king Dashratha of Ayodhya, the father of Rama, killed Shravana by mistake by sitting over this tree.
• Rama Mandir On the other side of the Deo talav is a temple dedicated to Ramchandra, a large enclosed building but not, by any means as fine as the temple of Balaji. it contains images of Lakshmana, Sita, Maruti and Rariha Krishna besides that of Ramchandra. It is said to have been built by one Bhagvandas Maharaj Bairagi about 250 years ago. In front of the temple, has recently been constructed a two-storeyed dharmashala. It is used by the bairagis who visit the temple. Marriage and such other religious functions also take place in this dharmashala. Ramanavami is celebrated at this temple with great pomp.
• Madhyameshvar Mandir This temple was constructed about 5 to 7 years ago. After entering a big audience hall there is an inner chamber where is placed a shalunka of Shiva. At the time of the construction of the temple, some images and inscriptions were excavated at the site. The temple is said to have been constructed at a place from where according to the belief of astronomers passes the equator and hence the temple is known as the Madhyameshvara temple.
• Narayana Maharaja Temple A temple has recently been constructed over the satnadhi of Narayana Maharaja who stayed at Washim. The image of Narayana Maharaj has been placed over the satnadhi. One has to go a few steps below the ground level to reach this shrine. From there another staircase leads to the altar where is placed the image of Shri Dattatreya. The whole construction is of white marble. The temple owns some adjacent land. The audience hall is under construction. Every year a small fair attended by the local populace is held on Datta Jayanti.
• Gondeshvara Temple To the west of the town is the temple of Gondeshvara, much in a dilapidated condition. In the temple, are three images viz., those of Vishnu, his sister, and Lakshmi. By the side of the temple is ample garden land making the whole panorama of the temple extremely beautiful.
• Shringi Rishi To the South East direction, on the way to Pusad, there is a small town called Ansing which is a corrupt name of Ensuring Shringi Rishi. He was the one who performed Putrakameshti yajna or the holy pyre for Dasharatha and his wives Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra. Then they begot Ram, Lakshman, Bharat, and Shatrughna. His temple is located on the far east of town.