Anerdam Wildlife Sanctuary
Ekvira Devi Temple
Welcome to Dhule(Dhulia),
Dhule or Dhulia is a district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the center of Textile Industry. Dhule District has one major River-basin i.e. Tapi-Basin. The District is covered by Satpuda Hill ranges on the north. The Height varies between 300 and 600 mtrs above sea level. Dhule city is famous for its quality education institutes.
Tourism in Dhule has a lot for the tourists to discover. The district is strewn with a number of temples, many of them ancient, which are much visited by the pilgrims. There are many temples in the classical Hemadpanthi style here. Apart from the many temples, the district abounds in forts. There are numerous forts that the tourists in the district can visit. Some of the worth visiting places in Dhule are: Toranmal, Anerdam Wildlife Sanctuary, Prakashe, Sarangkheda and Laling Fort etc.
It is in Sakri Taluka known for the shrine dedicated to Vishnu or Kanhaiyalal Maharaj. The idol to be seen today in the temple at the Amale appeared in his dream and requested the Raja to carry it along with him to Mulher. On Raja's agreeing, the Lord put the conciliation that the palanqain carrying him should not be put down anywhere on the way. Bhoi's were engaged to carry the palanqain and the Raja proceeded ahead to get the temple built and make other necessary arrangements.
n order to shorten the distance the palanquin bearers cut across jungles and near Amale when they came across a river, they halted to have a dip in it. On being reminded by one of them that if kept down, the Palaguin would stick to the places, they kept it on a pipal tree. But after coming out of the river they were stupefied to find that the palaquin would not move.
No amount of proyers moved the Lord and hence the Bhois had to abandon it. Afte the laps of certain period of time the Lord now approached a poor man from the village by name Pavba Bhagat and requested him to Build a small temple for him. Pavba axpressed his inability because of his poverty, but the Lord gave him understand that once made begining he would find the necessary wealth underbe neath the building stone. Pavsa accordintly undertook the task and everything happened as he was told in the dream.
Anerdam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on southwestern range of Satpura range in Shirpur Tehsil of Dhule District.It shares boundaries with Yawal sanctuary other sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh.The sanctuary was once very rich in wildlife, now it is trying to regain its previous status.Best time to visit the sanctuary is November to February. Common animals and birds found in this area are:
-Animals : Barking Deer's,Chikaras, Hares, Porcupines and Jungle Cats. Monitor Lizard is the common reptile in this sanctuary.
-Migrant Animals : Hyenas, jackals, wolves and wild boars
-Birds : Peafs, qualis, partridges, egrets, herons, cormorants, corts, spot bills and owls
-Migrant Birds : Brahminy Ducks, cranes, stokes and waders
In Sakri Taluka known for its fort and more so for the caves or rather monks dwelling that are in the escarpments of the hills above the village. A remarkable features in the fort is that its building are mostly underground, these escarpment being honey combed with caves, some of them plain and shapeless, but others regular building with pillar-supported roots. There caves are locally known as Gavali Raja's house.
In Sakri Taluka formerly known as Bhojpur after the king Bhoj, who is supposed to have rules this region. It is known for several old and in some cased dilapidated temples mostly situated on the bank of the Utavalinala. There are four temples dedicated to Mahadev, one each to Maruti- Ganapati and Bhavani and a twelve pillared Samudhi of a unknown saint popularly known as 'Bara Khambi Mandir'.
Ekvira Devi Temple is the pride of Dhule City. Here every year in Chaitrya and Ashwin month of Marathi Calender a Yatra or Jatra is held. This is very calm and beautiful place. A big Fair is held during Occasion of 'Navratri'.
This is a unique ancient irrigation system built up by the farmers in Panzara river valley in Sakri Taluka of Dhule District. The River valley is about 3257 sq. km. developed co-operatively by constructing stone wall of about two-three meters hight for diverting the river water in the system of canals along the bank of river. This ancient system is still irrigating the farmer's land on co-operative basis from Shendwad to Betawad.
The history of FUD system is very ancient, probably originated during Maur's Era. Yadav's also promoted the farmers in development of this system. During Durga Devi's scarcity in 1376-1476 in Khandesh, Malik Raja Faruqi tries to increase agriculture income. The farmer's of Khandesh were taking crops using this Unique FUD system as stated by Abul Fazal in 1599-1600. Similarly Traniar Theveno in his traveling over khandesh stated about this irrigation system.
In Sakri Taluka is known for a small but ancient temple dedicated to Indai Goddess on the bank of the built up lake. Inside of Lake there is built in well holding goodwater through out the year with another built in kand nearby which has a hot water spring.
This is situated at Bhoigalli,Dhule,Jalgaon.During the Ganesha Procession on Ganesh festival there was a big riot here and nine persons were murdered(khoon).Hence this idol was named as 'Khunya'.
The temple is old fashioned and the statue of Ganesha was discovered in the year 1864 by the 'Bhoi' people. The idol is facing the east ditrection and the trunk is turned on the right side.
Dhulia is known for an old and ruined fort occupying the top of the hill. It is a place of considerable antiquity and the fort is supposed to have been built during the region of Malik Raja Faruqui. Which subsequently granted to has eldest son. It was in this fort that, Nasir Khan and his son Miran Adil Khan were besieged in 1437 by the Bhanrnani general till they were relieved by an army advancing from Gujrath. Laling has also two hemadpanti temples in a decoyed condition and a rained hemadpanti well.
In Shindkheda Taluka known for a group of temples built during the times of the Yadava Kings. Of this group the ones dedicated to Balaji and Bhavani are the most important.
It is in Shindkhea Taluka renowned for the Kapileshwer shrine built by Ahilyabai Holkar near confluence of Tapi and Panjhara.
In Sakri Taluka known for Nagai temple situated on the left bank of the Pajhara river.
Prakashe, a village in Shahade tehsil, situated on the bank of Tapi river has been known as center of pilgrimage since 17th century.Recent excavations by the Archaeological survey of India at this place have disclosed details of the Chalcolithic Period of the History of Maharashtra.
Temples of Prakashe are well built and are considered sacred.The most important is the Kedareshwar temple which has double 'Gabhara' the first one holding a linga of Kedareshwar Mahadeo and the second one that of Kashi Vishweshwar.It is commonly believed that after making the pilgrimage of all the tirthakshetra of India.
The next important temple known as GautameshwarMahadeo temple is built by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar situated on the banks of river Gomai.Other famous temple is Sangameshwar Mahadeo temple built in Muslim style and look as if it were a converted mosque.To the west of the village is temple of goddess Mansapuri with a 13.71meters long and width 5.49 meters mandap supported on 16 pillars all bearing some remarkable carving.
The Kashi Vishweshwar temole built by one Dwrkadas is the most neatly and cleanly maintained temple in Prakashe .Its door frame is beautifully decorated by lovely patterns and designs.
Shri Vishvanath Kashinath Rajwade the great historian of Maharasthra died on 31st December 1926, leaving behind a good collection of Sanskrit and Marathi. Manuscripts numbering about 3500 and also a collection of historical documents and papers. The Mandal was established on 9th January 1927 at Dhulia with the object of erecting a fire proof building to house the late Shri. Rajwade's collection for a safe keep and making it available to scholars and students working in the field of history, sociology and literature.
The Mandal is interested in carrying out research work and publication. Soon the mandal published ? Dhatu Kosh ? and ? Namadi Shabda Vyutpati Kosh." The Mandal runs a journal 'Sanshodhak' through which much of the writing of the late Rajwade have been published. The Mandal maintains of modest Museum containing copper plates, coins, acroliths miniatures, painting, fine manuscript. Besides there is a picture gallery exhibiting large portraits of many historical personages a well as research scholars.
Sarangkheda in Shahade tehsil is known for lovely shrine of single faced Dattatreya situated on rising ground with its tall Shikhar overlooking the village, thus attracting the tourists .The idol of Datta is believed to have been brought from Mahur in Nanded district and is held in deep reverence.There is a fair held in honour of the deity on Margahsirsha Paurnima ,when over a lakh of people are attracted to this place.
Shri Samartha vagdevta mandir is an invaluable and priceless treasure house of manuscripts, letters and chronicles of history mportance. It is a glorious branch of the mother Institute - SATKARYOTTEJAK SABHA and is established in 1935. The founder of this institute, the late Shri. Nana-Sheb Deo then leading legal practitionerof Dhule began his work of collection, research and publication of the literature of about 300 saints is collected, preserved and studied in this institution and hence is a place of worship of Godess of Leterature - Vagdevta.
This treasure of manuscripts contains researched and non-reaserched as well the manuscripts, papers, letters and badas. This collection is kept here to welcome the scholars, the learned and learners comming from all over the country and even from abroad. The manuscripts are in different language scripts and on different subject.
Songir in Dhulia city known for its antique fort. It was previously the chief town of Songir Sub division which was subsequently, abolished and Songir incorporated in Dhule Taluka in 1820. It is of same manufacturing importance with skilled workers in brass and copper.
The historic fort has easy access and is entered through a stone gate still in good order. An inscription on this gate dated 'Shake' 1497 (1575A.D.) only state that 'Ugrasen, son of Mansingh was very brave'. Inside the fort there is a handsome old reservoir and a fine old well. Ramnants of broken pipes of the old water systems that must have existed on the fort in the days gone could still be seen.
Thalner in Shirpur Taluka was farmer capital of Khandesh known for fort. Accordingly to the local grant in the being of the twelth century, while the country for 32.18 km. round was 'without a light' and twenty seven of its forts were deserted. Thalner prospered under Javaji and Govaji of the Tale subdivision of Gavalis or Ahirs. At that time, Dautaltrao son of Bajirao of Daulatabad come to people Khandesh and finding Thalner flourishing etablished.
Javaji's family as head men of town. Late in 1370 Firozshah tughlaq granted Malik Raja Faruqi. On his death in 1399 Malik left Thalner to has second son Malik Iftikar. But 1417 with the aid of Sultan of Malva, Nasir Khan wrested it from his brother. In 1498 Thalner was invested by Mahmood Begada, king of Gujrath, whose army laid waste the district and would not retire till arreas of tripute were paid.
In 1511 Mahmood Begada granted Thalner with about one half of Khandesh to Malik Hissamuddin a noble of his court. But is the next year, Hissamuddin was murdered and Thalner restored to Khandesh. In 1566 it was the scene of the defect of the Khandesh Kind Miran Mohammad Khan.
Toranmal occupying the highest range of the Satpudas covering,Akrani Tehsil is a hill station and the only place of its kind attracting the tourists.It is nearly 144.84kms from Dhule. oranmal enjoys a salubrious and cool place even during the hot season.It is long narrow land with a height of 1036.32 meters above sea level. Even at this height ,there is a large natural lake know as Yashwant lake adding beauty to the already present spot.
About one and half kms away there is a valley called Sitakhai where in a wall like formation could be seen standing erect.There is also the echo point.The government has already set up fully furnished holiday camps and a restaurant for the visiting tourists. There are two temples dedicated to Gorakhnath and Nagarjun, where a fair is held on Mahasivratri day. Toranmal also has historical impotance in that which is supposed to be the ancient capital of the Mandu dynasty.
- Ahilyapur : In Shirpur Taluka known for old and large well built by Ahilyabai Holkar, the queen of Indore.
- Balasane : In Sakri Taluka has well preserved caves and a serise of temples in Hemadpanthis and Bahamani style.
- Nizampur: In Sakri Taluka said to have derived to present name for Nizam-ul-Mulle who had halted here for some time known for hemadpati temples.
- Shirud : In Dhulia Taluka known for an antique shrine in hemadpanti style, dedicated to Kalika Goddess.
- Pimpalner : In Sakri Taluka known for discovery of Chalukya copper- Plate of 4th centrury.
- Patana : In Shindkheda Taluka known for an antigue temple dedicated to Asapari.Devi built in 'Samvat' 1884.
- Guru-Shishya Smarak, Charcha harnyamal, Aanjansha Darga, Bhimtiratha etc.